Europa-Defense unveils its financing offers to support the European defense industry

While many European states have announced strong measures to protect their defense technology industry from the consequences of the economic crisis linked to the Covid19 pandemic, this support is accompanied by a significant increase in public deficits for the years to come, with the equally significant increase in the sovereign debt of States, and its weight on public finances for many years to come. For France, for example, estimates for the public deficit for 2020 vary between 11,5 and 14% of GDP, and sovereign debt could also grow by more than 10%, due to successive plans to support…

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NATO: Netherlands set to abandon military spending targets

As a direct consequence of the Covid-19 crisis which has been hitting Europe since last March, many European economies have to deal with extremely worrying budgetary situations, first and foremost the Netherlands, an economic power terribly dependent on world trade, which now plans to cut back on its defense spending. A decision which could have a snowball effect on other NATO countries, which already fear the budgetary consequences of the Covid-19 crisis on all of its members. It seems unlikely today, given the words of Defense Minister Ank Bijleveld reported by the national daily De…

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Will Covid-19 get the better of European intelligence diplomacy?

“It is a question of European sovereignty. As soon as we wish to gain in strategic defense capability, it is necessary to gain in intelligence capability”. It was at the end of February when he officially signed in Zagreb, Croatia. “Unprecedented, long-term cooperation for the security of European democracies”, the Intelligence College in Europe (ICE) wanted to be “the common reply to the complexity of the asymmetrical cyber, terrorist and destabilization threats emanating from Russia or China. via 5G networks. Three months after the pleas of the representatives of internal and external services of the 23 signatory countries[1], the informal “diplomatic” body promoted by Emmanuel Macron is…

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Covid-19: Air Force renounces heavy helicopters, but not modernized capabilities

A few months ago, confirmation by Aviation Week that the French Air Force was ready to lease and then acquire heavy CH-47 Chinook helicopters caused a stir. It must be said that the needs for heavy transport helicopters are enormous, especially to support French operations in Africa. With the acquisition of a small number of CH-47s, France would then no longer have been dependent on the helicopters deployed by its allies, such as the United Kingdom or Denmark. Unfortunately, it was to be expected, the post-coronavirus economic crisis will most likely lead to the postponement or cancellation of this program. However, for the chef…

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Despite the health and economic crisis, China will increase its defense budget by 6,6% in 2020

Some figures alone say more than dozens of pages of analyses. This is the case for the growth of the Chinese Defense budget for 2020, which will amount to 6,6% despite the economic and health crisis which is hitting, and will continue to hit, the world in the months, and may -be the years to come. The information was publicly presented on the occasion of the annual session of the Chinese National Party Congress. This growth, which is significant to say the least, is however presented by Chinese communication as a drop, in this case a drop in the annual growth of the defense effort, which has believed in…

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Is the Rafale fighter plane really in danger in India?

This morning, the newspaper Le Monde announced that the French aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation saw “all hope of a new Rafale order disappearing”. Indeed, in the context of the dual health and economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the Indian authorities have decided to drastically reduce foreign arms acquisitions. In such a context, the rumors around a rapid acquisition of two additional Rafale squadrons indeed seem perfectly unfounded, even if this option already seemed to have been abandoned since last year. According to the latest news from India, however, it is not the OTC agreements that are particularly targeted by the new political announcements,…

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The Covid-19 epidemic delays competition for Canada's new fighter plane, and could disrupt large numbers of tenders around the world

For several months already, we have gone back in detail to the upheavals induced by the Covid-19 epidemic on the defense sector, whether by disrupting operational schedules, by threatening defense investments, by leading to the cancellation of major international fairs or by directly impacting military personnel. But the epidemic has also interrupted a good part of the industrial activities of the defense sector, to the point of delaying certain deliveries of equipment, but also the conduct of a certain number of calls for tenders. Earlier this week, we learned that the Royal Canadian Air Force (Royal Canadian Air Force) announced that it…

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The US defense budget could see major cuts in the years to come

As the United States is now at the heart of the global coronavirus epidemic, many American experts are trying to envisage the future of the country, especially in terms of defense. However, most of them agree that the US Department of Defense (DoD) could well suffer severe budget cuts in the coming years, as we mentioned recently. These analyzes contrast with the current situation, where the federal government is on the contrary injecting several billion dollars into the defense industries in order to stimulate this particularly strategic economic sector. However, as the U.S. federal deficit tops $4000 trillion, everything leaves…

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TF-X Turkish fighter program continues despite health crisis and diplomatic tensions

Despite the health crisis which is hard hitting industrialists around the world, the Turkish next-generation fighter program seems to be continuing its development normally. Its designer, Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) recently signed an agreement with the firm HAVELSAN based in Ankara. A public company, HAVELSAN specializes in the development of computer software and systems and works mainly in the communication and defense sector. As part of the development of the TF-X, the full-scale model of which was unveiled at the Paris Air Show in 2019, HAVELSAN will have to develop the simulation environments (ground simulators and on-board simulation...

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The Covid19 Crisis will hit hard the military budgets of the Western powers

While the French Minister for the Armed Forces Florence Parly multiplies the declarations on a possible recovery plan for the defense industry in the country, many analysts believe that the public deficits for 2020, as for the years to come, will constrain each government to reduce all of their non-priority investments, including those in defence. Whether in Europe, the United States or Asia, the majority of governments have agreed to plunge their public deficits in an attempt to save what can be saved from their economies. In Europe, following the example of the financial crisis of 2008, States as well as…

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