Indonesia cleared to acquire 36 US Boeing F-15EXs

In terms of exporting military equipment, the United States favors the use of Foreign Military Sales, or FMS, a body allowing customers of the US arms industry to benefit from the prices and contractual frameworks of the American armies. , rather than having to negotiate all of these aspects for each contract. As in most countries, arms exports are also conditioned by government authorization from the State Department and Congress, most often also passing through the FMS. It is within this framework that Indonesia has just been authorized to acquire up to 36 Boeing F-15EX heavy fighters as well as an exhaustive set of parts,…

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The 5 assets of the Rafale against the Super Hornet for Indian naval aviation

The Rafale M1, the first aircraft in the program for French naval aviation, is today at the heart of attention for Dassault Aviation and the entire Team Rafale. Indeed, it is this aircraft which was sent on January 6 to the Indian naval air base in Goa to demonstrate its ability to be operated from a Ski-Jump type platform, and not of an aircraft carrier equipped with catapults. These tests, the first of which took place this morning and took place nominally, will last until the beginning of February and will make it possible to validate not only the capacity of…

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The Rafale M in a good position to equip the Indian Navy

From January 6, 2022, a French Navy Rafale M will carry out qualification tests for the use of a Ski Jump, as part of the competition against the F/A 18 E/F Super Hornet to equip the aircraft carriers of the Indian Navy. These tests, which will take place within the Goa naval air base where the Ski Jump platform is located where the Indian Tejas was tested, will be followed, in February, by similar tests concerning the American Super Hornet, even if it had already demonstrated its ability to take in the air from this type of installation...

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F / A-18 E / F Super Hornet moves further away from Germany

When in March 2020, Berlin announced its intention to acquire 45 F/A 18 E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler combat aircraft alongside 90 new Eurofighter Typhoons to replace, among other things, the electronic warfare Tornado and those dedicated to NATO's nuclear sharing missions, the German authorities knew that it was taking a significant risk, in particular for those who, after them, will have to implement this acquisition program. Indeed, the Boeing Super Hornet, no more than the Eurofighter Typhoon, were then planned to be able to receive the new gravitational nuclear bomb used by NATO in this specific context, the B-61-Mod12 . In order to…

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Boeing's Super Hornet leaves Canadian competition through the back door

For ten years, Lockheed-Martin's F-35 Lighting II has imposed itself in all the competitions in which it has participated. If the conditions of these victories are often subject to discussion, it is nonetheless true that the American apparatus, despite its weaknesses and its many faults, has always managed to convince the officials in charge of choosing, for their respective countries, the aircraft that will be the spearhead of their air force for the next 50 years. Canada will probably be no exception to the rule, since after the withdrawal of Dassault Aviation and its Rafale, then Airbus…

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Berlin would be interested in the American AH-64E Apache helicopter .. since 2019!

For the past few months, the Tiger 3 program, bringing together France, Spain and Germany in the framework of permanent structured cooperation, or PESCO, since November 2019, has been meeting strong headwinds, with Berlin proving more and more difficult to convince to invest in the modernization of the European combat helicopter. Indeed, according to the Bundeswehr, the device would be particularly difficult to maintain in operational condition, and would offer insufficient availability in view of the needs. Without ever questioning their own maintenance procedures and the role of the size of the fleet in the subject, Germany seemed, since then, to be more and more openly interested in the helicopter...

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Boeing offers new 155mm ramjet shell to US Army

With the arrival of new ammunition, such as the American XM1113 or the Italian Volcano, the range of artillery shells has increased considerably in recent years. Thus, where an M109A6 Paladin equipped with a 39-caliber L/39 gun (39 times the diameter of the 155 mm shell, or 6,05 m) struggled to hit targets at 20 km with traditional shells , it can now reach targets at 40 km with the XM1113, which is moreover with greatly increased precision thanks to GPS, inertial or laser guidance. In addition to the arrival of these so-called “additional propulsion” shells, i.e. benefiting from an additional thrust…

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Lockheed-Martin and Airbus to face Boeing for new US Air Force tanker contract

In 2008, Airbus, then EADS, and the American Northrop Grumman, won the KC-X competition to provide a new tanker aircraft to the US Air Force, with an aircraft designated KC-45A derived from the A330 MRTT. But following legal protests from Boeing, which offered its KC-46, the decision was taken to cancel the competition to make a new one. Faced with intense lobbying from the American firm, and the withdrawal of Northrop Grumman from the partnership with EADS, the Seattle aircraft manufacturer finally won the new competition in 2011, on the basis of a Boeing B-767 adapted to the needs of the 'US Air Force, and designated KC-46A. An order of 179…

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Australia and USA advance design of hypersonic cruise missile

To date, there are three technological approaches to designing a hypersonic missile. The first relies on a missile following a semi-ballistic trajectory, and having enough fuel to maintain its speed until impact. This is the case of the Kh47M2 Kinzhal, an airborne missile derived from the Iskander short-range ballistic missile, which saves the precious fuel necessary for the hypersonic race thanks to the Mig-31K or Tu-22M3 launcher. The second approach is that of the hypersonic glider, a projectile designed to maintain hypersonic speed and maneuverability throughout the descent phase after being brought to very high altitude and…

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US Navy looks to Boeing eT-7 Red Hawk to replace T-45 Goshawk planes

The eT-7 Red Hawk training aircraft from Boeing and Saab could well claim a new major commercial success, since according to Chuck Dabundo, vice president of Boeing in charge of the program, quoted by the Breaking Defense site, the Seattle-based aircraft manufacturer is reportedly in talks with the US Navy to replace T-45 Goshhawk aircraft, the modified version of BAe's Hawk redesigned by McDonnel Douglas as the US Navy's fighter pilot training aircraft since the middle of the 90s. At the same time, Boeing has just announced the start of production of the assembly line of the eT-7 intended for the US Air Force for…

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