On the occasion of the presidential greetings to the armies at the end of January, President Emmanuel Macron had outlined the main lines of the future Military Programming Law 2024-2030 currently being prepared. Thus, the budget allocated to the Armed Forces over this period should reach €400 billion, plus €13 billion in exceptional revenue, while certain programs, including the very emblematic New Generation Aircraft Carrier, or PANG, were confirmed by the President. However, since this announcement, contradictory signals have been issued by the Ministry of the Armed Forces, the General Staff as well as the cabinet of the Prime Minister, Elisabeth Borne. As for the General Staff and the…Read the article
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What are the 3 major dangers linked to European American-centrism in terms of Defense?
For many years, long before President Macron's arrival at the Elysée Palace, the French position on defense had always been more independent than that of its neighbors vis-à-vis American protection. In 2017, when tensions between Berlin and Washington were at their peak, Emmanuel Macron and Engels Merkel launched several industrial and political initiatives to give substance to a very ambitious and quite old project, Defense Europe. However, as relations between Germany and the United States normalized from the following year, the Franco-German cooperation programs gradually withered, largely from…Read the article
Can France increase its defense investments beyond the limits of the LPM 2024-2030?
A few days before its official presentation, the content of the future French Military Programming Law, which will frame the investments of the State in these armies for the next 7 years, is beginning to be increasingly clear. However, beyond the some €400 billion in investments planned over the next 7 years, and the €13 billion in exceptional loans also planned over this period, and although this trajectory represents an increase of €100 billion compared to screw of the previous LPM, many voices have been raised for a few days to regret the arbitrations, and sometimes to criticize the amount judged, not without…Read the article
Indian Scorpene submarines soon to be fitted with AIP anaerobic propulsion
On the same day of the delivery of the 5th and penultimate Indian Kalvari-class submarine, INS Vagir, to the Indian Navy, the Naval Materials Research Laboratory (NMRL), belonging to the Indian agency of the armament DRDO, and the French naval group Naval Group, designer of the Scorpene submarine on which the Kalvari class was designed, have signed a framework agreement for the integration of an anaerobic propulsion system (AIP for Air Independent Propulsion) of local invoice on board the INS Kalvari, the first vessel of the eponymous class to enter service in 2017. The agreement, signed today in Mumbai, will make it possible to integrate the new Indian propulsion to…Read the article
The announcement of the delivery of French AMX-10RCs to Ukraine causes major turmoil in Europe
The announcement made by French President Emmanuel Macron following an hour-long meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky, about the upcoming delivery by France of AMX-10RC light tanks and armored transport vehicles of Bastion troops in Kyiv, in support of the Ukrainian war effort against the Russian invasion, could well have far greater consequences than the armored vehicles delivered by France themselves. Indeed, since this announcement, social networks, but also the European media, are in turmoil, and two controversies have apparently concentrated the interest of Europeans on this subject, as have the articles of…Read the article
6 recurring but erroneous statements around the SCAF next-generation aircraft program
Announced in 2017 shortly after Emmanuel Macron's arrival at the Elysée for his first term, the SCAF program, for Future Air Combat System, represents one of the two main pillars, along with the MGCS program, of France's ambition -Germany developed on this date to strengthen European strategic autonomy in the field of defense around strategic industrial cooperation between the two countries. Since then, the program has integrated Spain within it, but has above all been marked by growing and increasingly divisive tensions between Paris and Berlin, more particularly between the industrialists of the two countries, in particular around the first and main 7 pillars…Read the article
LPM 2023: France wants to give its Armed Forces the necessary means to deal with new threats
Following the election of François Hollande as President of the Republic in 2013, the new government of Jean-Marc Ayrault undertook to design a new Military Programming Law, with the clearly stated objective of reducing military expenditure to a strict minimum. state in this area. It is in this context that the services of the Ministry of Finance of Bercy undertook to propose the famous "Plan Z", aimed at limiting the French armed forces to an expeditionary corps of 60.000 men for external operations, and at deterrence to treat the international threat then perceived as particularly diffuse, despite the many alerts that showed…Read the article
SCAF, MGCS: Politics regains control of Franco-German defense industrial cooperation
“Many things have been said or written in recent weeks, I think that with one sentence, we will cut it short by saying that the SCAF is a priority project. […] It is awaited as much by Berlin as by Paris and this project will be done, we cannot be more direct” In a single sentence, the French Minister of the Armed Forces, Sebastien Lecornu, cut short all speculation concerning the future of the new generation combat aircraft program undertaken by Paris, Berlin and Madrid. And to add “We need to think about what will be the fighter aviation of the future, since we…Read the article
Sale of French submarines to Australia: a more credible hypothesis than it seems
When in September 2021, the Australian authorities announced the cancellation of the SEA 1000 program for the design and local manufacture of 12 Attack-class conventionally powered attack submarines by the French Naval Group, relations between Paris and Canberra seemed to have deteriorated for a long time. However, less than a year later, the French and Australian press mentioned, without much conviction it is true, the possibility for France to offer Australia the sale of 4 submarines so as to allow the Royal Australian Navy to have an interim solution between the withdrawal of the 6 Collins-class submarines in…Read the article
Germany wants an integrated European anti-aircraft defence, but without France...
How long ago the time when Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel repeated over and over again the benefits of Franco-German cooperation in order to build "the Europe of Defense", and that all subjects were considered in the specter of this cooperation, even when it was neither suitable nor efficient. Today, most Franco-German defense equipment co-development programs, such as SCAF, MGCS, MAWS or CIFS, are at a standstill or severely hampered, when they are not purely and simply abandoned. as Tiger III on the German side. What may appear as the emergence of technical differences hampering the progress of these industrial programs, could in reality be...Read the article