Franco-German cooperation around the SCAF program again in turmoil

Barely a year ago, the Future Air Combat System, or SCAF, which for 4 years has brought together France and Germany, later joined by Spain, and aims to develop the replacement for the French Rafale and Eurofighter German and Spanish Typhoons, faced several critical problems threatening even the continuation of the program. Whether it was the distribution of the industrial load between the industries of each country or problems concerning the intellectual property of certain technologies previously developed by Dassault Aviation, the discussions were at a standstill, until a political impulse from the Elysée Palace and the German Chancellery, which…

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SCAF: French government takes defensive positions against Berlin

On the occasion of his speech before the Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee of the Senate on March 3, 2021, the CEO of Dassault Aviation, Eric Trappier, once again expressed his annoyance regarding the European future air combat system program which brings together France, Germany and Spain, and in particular against the largely excessive demands formulated by the Germanic and Iberian authorities. During his speech, the French leader also questioned the management of the program and the negotiations between states by the French Directorate General for Armaments and its two German and Spanish counterparts, but also by…

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Has the end of the SCAF program already been recorded by Paris, Berlin and Madrid?

To say that the SCAF program is now under threat would be an understatement. In a few weeks, bad news followed one another in the form of new demands from Berlin and Madrid, going far beyond the initial framework of the agreements that bound the two countries with France, to the point that it could reasonably be question the real will of Germany and Spain to go further in this program. But it is indeed the response made by Paris and Dassault Aviation to these requirements which, today, raises the most questions, and which raises fears that the fate of the SCAF program has already…

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France in the trap of European defense cooperation

Is the Future Air Combat System, or FCAS, program doomed to fail? A few months ago, such an idea would have unleashed the fury of many officials at the Ministry of the Armed Forces, the DGA and even the Elysée. But today, one can reasonably ask how the program could not fail, given the many critical problems that have emerged in recent weeks. After the German requirement to obtain shared piloting between Safran and MTU concerning the propulsion pillar of the program, and this despite the more than limited experience of the German engine manufacturer in this type of thruster, then that carrying…

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US Defense Industry Organizes To Expand Prototype Manufacturing

The group which brings together, in the United States, the defense industries of the country, the National Armaments Consortium, announced, in partnership with the Ordnance Technology Consortium of the Department of Defense and the Army Contracting Command of the US Army, the launch of an initiative aimed at accelerating and extending the conversion of defense research into prototypes. Concretely, the NAC intends to play the role of a central organization to facilitate and accelerate the financing of projects and the design of prototypes, so as to lighten the burden both for its members seeking funding from the Department of Defense, and for the DoD. …

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What is the deferred Rafale contract that Dassault CEO Eric Trappier referred to?

On the occasion of the presentation of the half-year results to the group's shareholders, Eric Trappier, CEO of Dassault Aviation since 2013, referred to a contract relating to the sale of Rafale aircraft for export, a contract which would have been postponed until due to the health crisis linked to COVID-19, without specifying which country this potentially imminent order for the French plane came from. The opportunity of course to take an overview of the competitions and negotiations in progress involving the Rafale, to deduce, if possible, who could be this mysterious client to which Eric Trappier referred La Suisse Après la 2014 vote...

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