Has France lost its audacity in Defense innovation?

At the start of the week, the French Defense Innovation Agency launched two calls for projects to design vagrant ammunition models. These weapons, sometimes improperly called suicide drones, mark the news in the Ukrainian conflict, with the arrival of the Switchblade 300 and 600 models and the mysterious Phoenix Ghost specially designed by the US defense industry at the request of the Ukrainians. However, the effectiveness of vagrant ammunition did not emerge during this conflict, nor even during the Nagorno Karabakh war in 2020 during which the Israeli-made Harops and Orbiters saturated the Armenian defenses. Indeed, this type of ammunition exists…

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Will the Rafale be the heir to the Mirage III for the future of the French aeronautical industry?

Fast, agile, powerful and well-armed, the Mirage III is unquestionably a legend in military fighter aviation around the world. In the hands of Israeli pilots, Dassault Aviation's single-engine delta-wing fighter prevailed against Arab MiGs and Hunters during the Six-Day and Yom Kippur wars, and played a decisive role in the Jewish state's victory in the these two conflicts, adorning the aircraft with an aura of efficiency and performance that built its export success with 1400 aircraft built (Mirage III and V), and which imposed Dassault Aviation's fighters on the international market during several decades.…

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SCAF, MGCS… Will the new European military equipment arrive too late?

In an interview given to the site lesecho.fr, Franck Haun, the CEO of the KNDS group which brings together the German Krauss Maffei Wegman and the French Nexter, called on the French and German governments to accelerate the Main Ground Combat System or MGCS program, which according to him, at the current rate of things, should not reach a delivery before 2040 and even 2045. If the considerations of Franck Haun are above all industrial, calling in particular to widen the program on the European scene, the fact remains no less true than an objective analysis of the schedules of current programs, MGCS like SCAF, the combat aircraft program...

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Can France and Europe get back into the MALE drone race thanks to NEURON?

To say that France, and Europe in general, lacked flair regarding the arrival of drones, and in particular Medium Altitude Long Endurance or MALE combat drones, such as the MQ1 Predator, the MQ9 Reaper, or the Turkish TB2 Bayraktar, would be a profound understatement. Not only do they all have to equip themselves abroad, with the United States for the vast majority of cases, but today they still remain unable to agree on the functionalities and the financing of the Eurodrone program, which runs the risk of to see the light of day even as a new generation of combat drones, much more efficient than the one currently in service, will begin to…

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Russian S-70 Okhotnik stealth combat drone tested with air-to-air missiles

Westerners often have the annoying habit of plastering their own tactical and strategic ideas on the armies and equipment of other countries. This is how many military experts and commentators have evaluated the performance of the S-400 system not in the context of the integrated multi-layered air defense for which it was designed, but in isolation, creating biases analyzes significantly altering the validity of the conclusions advanced. The same goes for a number of equipment in production in Russia or China, in the field of armored vehicles, aircraft, ships and submersibles, and strategic capabilities. It's this somewhat narcissistic approach that...

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Will the Remote Carrier drone from the SCAF program be at the heart of the Rafale F5 standard?

While Dassault Aviation's Rafale combat aircraft is a robust and efficient aircraft in many areas, whether air-to-air combat, penetration at very low altitude, reconnaissance or nuclear strikes, there is an area in which the French device fully surpasses all of its competitors, scalability. Indeed, unlike the Swedish Gripen, the Eurofighter Typhoon and even the F35, the French aircraft has been modernized in successive layers up to the F3R standard, without the airframe needing to be modified. And the first Rafale F1 which equipped the 12F flotilla of the French naval aeronautics in 2001 for…

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Is it too late for the NEURON?

On December 1, 2012, the first European-made combat drone, the NEURON, took to the air for the first time from air base 125 in Istres, in the Bouches-du-Rhône, for a flight that lasted 25 minutes in above the Etang de Berre. This event concretized 9 years of efforts on the part of the Dassault Aviation teams and its Italian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek and Swiss European partners, and offered Europe the opportunity to position itself at the forefront in the field of drones. stealth fighters, destined to become crucial in the air wars to come. 8 years later, the demonstrator program has only given...

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20 programs to strengthen the armies and preserve the French industrial fabric

Between the health and economic crisis linked to the Covid19 virus, and the security crises that are shaking the Middle East, the Mediterranean, Asia and Eastern Europe, there is no shortage of subjects of concern for French political leaders in in charge of defence, public finance and industry. But while these files are managed in isolation today, a global vision would make it possible to consider solutions that meet all the needs and contextual requirements. Strengthening the French armies, a pressing need Although the Military Programming Law 2019-2025 has undeniably made it possible to stem the loss of capacity that has affected the French armies for more than…

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The 10 most read articles on Meta-defense in 2019

To get the year off to a good start, and while waiting for the resumption of publications on January 6, there's nothing like a little look back at the key events of 2019, through the ranking of the 10 most consulted articles of the year on Meta-Defense. All these articles can be consulted free of charge until January 31, 2019 10th: The Sino-Russian couple would prevail over Western forces according to the simulations of the Pentagon Article of August 5, 2019 The sentence is final: during the simulations carried out by the Pentagon at the beginning of 2019, based on a major conflict between the West and the combined Chinese and Russian forces, the forces…

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China will put stealth drones on its aircraft carriers

China will present at the Zhuhai Air Show next November its first UCAV or Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle, combat drone, operable from the deck of an aircraft carrier. Presented under the name "Caihong-X", this drone would be stealthy, like the French Neuron, or the American Stingray, and would be capable of being implemented by electromagnetic catapults. It should be noted that photos had circulated on Twitter showing this same drone using a springboard comparable to that of the first two Chinese aircraft carriers, which do not have a catapult. Today in China there are no less than 5 official programs for stealth combat drones,…

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