India relaunches competition to build 4 amphibious assault ships

India's weapons programs are almost always extraordinarily complex, and quite often they fail even when a winner has been chosen, colliding with the country's technocracy. This was the case of the MMRCA program (126 Rafale) canceled in 2015, as well as the competition to acquire 6 tanker aircraft, won twice by the A330MRTT in 2006 and 2013, and twice canceled in 2010 and 2016, or the program FGFA which planned to design with Russia a replacement for the Su-30MKI on the basis of the Su-57 and which was canceled in 2018 by New Delhi. This was also the case with…

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Is the Mediterranean again an area of ​​concentration of forces?

Traditionally, when we think of geographical areas under tension where many military forces are present, it is common to refer to the Middle East and the Persian Gulf, or more recently to the Western Pacific, especially around the China Sea. . On the other hand, the Mediterranean, and in particular the eastern Mediterranean, which was between the Second World War and the end of the 60s one of the most active areas militarily speaking, has since slipped, in the overall perception, towards the status of a secure area, allowing a significant commercial traffic. But for the past decade, many nations bordering the Mediterranean, as well as others there…

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New Russian helicopter carriers can be converted into hospital ships

Like France, which deployed its assault helicopter carriers Mistral and Diksmuide to transfer patients affected by Covid19 to Corsica, the Indian Ocean and the Caribbean, the Russian Navy deploying its hospital ship Irtysh to Vladivostok from April 13, 2020 to lighten the load on hospitals in the region, which are about to be saturated by the influx of patients. If this episode led the Russian Minister of Defense, Victor Shoighou, to reconsider the advisability of building one or more hospital ships, the budgetary constraints and the operational pressure of the Russian Shipyards are likely to, if not cancel, all of…

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France leads by example and deploys 2 combat ships in Eastern Mediterranean to support Greece

As we have already echoed since the beginning of the week, the tension continues to grow between Turkey and the Greek-Cypriot couple as the Turkish mining exploration vessel Orus Reis, escorted by frigates and corvettes of the Turkish Navy, is heading for the Cypriot continental shelf to carry out investigations with a view to finding gas fields. To oppose the Turkish flotilla, the Hellenic Air Force and Navy were placed on heightened alert, and a flotilla of Greek warships positioned themselves to halt the Turkish advance. The situation is in fact…

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Russia simultaneously begins construction of 2 frigates, 2 nuclear submarines and 2 assault helicopter carriers

We know that the Russian Defense is skilful when it comes to communication, and that it is not stingy with symbols. In this regard, this July 16, 2020 will be a milestone for the Russian Navy, since the keel-laying ceremonies of two frigates from the extended Admiral Gorshkov project 22350, two nuclear submarines from the 885-M Iassen, and two project 23900 assault helicopter carriers. In a single day, the Russian Navy launches 6 major ocean-going ships, which is as much, if not more, than many Western navies have. and European. In recent decades, the Navy...

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Faced with Turkish interference in Libya, Egypt could once again buy heavy weapons in France

While diplomatic and commercial relations between France and Egypt have been at their worst since January 2019, it would seem that Turkey's actions in Libya and the Mediterranean have ended up bringing Cairo and Paris closer together, annoyed by the interference of 'Ankara in the region. This is in any case what reports Michel Cabirol, of the newspaper "La Tribune", always well informed on this file. From 2013, France quickly became one of Egypt's main arms suppliers. In a few years, Paris sold Cairo two Mistral-type helicopter carriers, a FREMM frigate, four Gowind corvettes (including three built on…

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US approves modernization of Egyptian AH-64E Apache Guardian standard helicopter gunships

The US State Department has authorized the modernization of the Egyptian Apache helicopter fleet to the AH-64E Apache Guardian standard. The Foreign Military Sale (FMS) agreement covers 43 airframes and their associated equipment, i.e. the entire fleet of AH-64D Apache currently operated by the Egyptian Air Force. The amount of the agreement is valued at 2,3 billion dollars. As always, with the FMS, however, it is only a question of export authorizations, and not of a definitive contract. The terms of the latter remain to be negotiated, and could concern a smaller number of helicopters or even a smaller stock of spare parts. He could…

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France deploys its amphibious helicopter carriers to deal with the coronavirus in its overseas territories

On the occasion of a press conference given at the conclusion of the visit to the new military field hospital deployed near Mulhouse to relieve hospital structures in the Grand Est region hard hit by the Covid-19 Coronavirus epidemic, President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron announced, among other things, the launch of the military operation "Resilience" intended to organize and optimize the means of the armies to support the effort of the State and public infrastructures, in the first place of which the hospitals, facing the virus. Among the key measures of this operation, the French President announced the deployment of the amphibious helicopter carrier Mistral in the Indian Ocean...

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Naval forces and coronavirus: what use for current and future health crises?

A little earlier today, we returned in detail to the deployment of the amphibious helicopter carrier (PHA) Tonnerre in Corsica, in order to evacuate patients with coronavirus. With the deployment of a field hospital in Mulhouse and the use of Morphée kits by the Air Force for the transport of certain patients, the round trip made this weekend by Tonnerre between the south coast of France and Corsica shows the commitment of the armed forces in the fight against the coronavirus. However, in our article published on Friday evening about the rumors and fake news surrounding the use of armies in this crisis, we concluded with...

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The Tonnerre helicopter carrier was sent to Corsica to evacuate patients suffering from Covid-19

Last Friday, in an article dedicated to rumors circulating around the Armed Forces in the context of the coronavirus epidemic, we concluded that the deployment of additional military resources to manage the situation outside mainland France was probably imminent. Beyond the aircraft tankers used with Morpheus kits for transporting patients, we have above all mentioned the use of amphibious helicopter carriers (PHA), whose hospital facilities are particularly well equipped. The next day, we thus learned from the Ministry of the Armed Forces that a first PHA, the Tonnerre, was to leave in the evening from Toulon in order to participate in the evacuation of patients suffering from Covid-19...

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