LPM 2023: Is a second aircraft carrier possible for the French Navy?

If there is a divisive subject both at the level of the General Staffs and the political class in France, it is the question of the aircraft carrier. However, the situation is paradoxical, since there are only two Marines on the planet with nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, which are moreover equipped with catapults and arresters allowing them to deploy a wide range of devices. . As for the other navies, they must be content with aircraft carriers or aircraft carriers armed with short or vertical take-off aircraft such as the F-35 and the Harrier, or capable of employing a springboard such as the Mig-29 or the D-15, this being done to the detriment of the load...

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Can France export its future NG Nuclear Aircraft Carrier?

French President Emmanuel Macron confirmed, this Tuesday, December 8, the official launch of the New Generation Nuclear Aircraft Carrier program intended to replace the Charles de Gaulle in 2038, which entered service in 2001. This announcement provides some additional information and confirmations on the choices made for this program, but it also opens up opportunities on the international scene. In this article, we will study these countries which could see in the new French program, an opportunity to strengthen their own naval air capabilities. The features announced The announcement made by the President of the Republic confirms a large number of educated guesses and…

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Chinese carrier Awacs KJ-600 aircraft made its first flight

If there is one area in which the rise of the Chinese military tool impresses Westerners, it is in that of the planning of long-term means. Indeed, the People's Liberation Army has so far managed to systematically have at the same time, the new equipment expected, but also all the necessary sub-components as well as personnel and maintenance infrastructure to allow a quick and efficient entry into operational service. One of the latest examples in this area concerns the lengthening of Type 052D destroyers from the 19th unit in order to receive the new Z-20 helicopter, the ship having entered…

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The US authorizes the sale of E-2D Hawkeye radar planes for the French Navy

Last Monday, the US State Department announced that it had authorized the export of $7,5 billion worth of military equipment to several countries around the world, including Israel, Lithuania, Argentina and Indonesia. France was also concerned by this announcement, since the American government officially authorizes the French Navy to acquire, within the framework of an FMS (Foreign Military Sales) procedure, three E-2D Advanced Hawkeye radar planes. With the associated equipment, the amount of the contract could rise to $2 billion (double what had been previously announced), the price of two destroyers or an entire flotilla of Rafale M combat aircraft. the price…

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Cooperative engagement: a nuclear submarine designates a target for the benefit of the Rafale fighter from the French aircraft carrier

Since its departure from Toulon on January 22, the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle has been busy in the Mediterranean and then in the North Atlantic, as we have already mentioned in our lines. Between anti-terrorist operations, diplomatic demonstration maneuvers and other combined exercises, the French carrier strike group (GAN) is also used to test and validate new tactical capabilities. This was particularly the case on March 17 when the nuclear attack submarine (SNA) participating in the usual escort of the Charles de Gaulle was used to designate a (simulated) surface target for the benefit of the Rafale M fighters. of the aircraft carrier, as part of…

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These technologies which will be able to detect an F35 from 2030

Since the use of the F117 during the first Gulf War in 1991, stealth has been considered the essential characteristic of a combat aircraft, to be able to face the modern anti-aircraft defenses of a determined adversary. . And Lieutenant Colonel Zelko's aircraft shot down by a battery of S-175 missiles (SA-3 in the NATO classification), when it had just opened its ammunition hatch on March 27, 1999 over Serbia did not didn't change much. Stealth had become the holy grail of aircraft manufacturers and the staffs of the world's air forces. From then on, several programs based on this characteristic were developed, in…

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