Military drones and ethics: real debate or pretense?

Since their entry into service some twenty years ago, drones have regularly made the news, particularly in an area where the development of combat systems is little expected, namely ethics. Fueled by a popular culture rich in cinematographic and literary references, many political personalities, but also scientists, soldiers and philosophers, have seized on the debate in an attempt to understand and control the evolution of these new systems and prevent the appearance of the famous "killer robots". This debate, against a backdrop of ethical values ​​but also of very real fears of automated runaway combat, does it have foundations and objectives...

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Can France develop its defense programs without Germany?

In recent months, not a week goes by without new information questioning Germany's desire to persevere in the ambitious cooperation in defense programs launched 4 years ago by President Macron and Chancellor Merkel, on the altar of tensions between the United States and the Europeans, in particular Germany, consequences of President Trump's intransigence on issues of sharing the Defense effort. If over the past two years, Berlin's demands could still appear to be linked to a different conception of the defense effort, the thunderous exit from the…

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The European drone takes off but asks a lot of questions

After being accused of all evils, the Medium Altitude Long Endurance MALE Eurodrone drone program, which brings together Germany, Spain, France and Italy, seems to see the end of the tunnel. Indeed, according to the cabinet of the Ministry of the Armed Forces, the program should lead to a signature by the end of the year, to order 21 systems of 3 drones each, for an amount which would be close to the fixed objective of 7,1 .2024 billion euros. The Eurodrone is expected to make its first flight by 2027, and the first system will be delivered to Germany in 2028, with France receiving its first system in XNUMX. This is unquestionably an excellent…

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Reaper drone successor will be stealthy and have even increased stamina

While the Europeans are still struggling to find out whether to finance the Eurodrone program or to rely once again on the United States for what concerns the critical field of combat drones, the American company General Atomics, the designer of the drone Predator and its successor the Reaper, presented a sketch of what will be its next model, intended to replace the two previous ones following the request for information from the US Air Force. And the least we can say is that American engineers have not hesitated to reinvent themselves to meet the operational challenges of the next decade. Because if…

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With Akinci, Turkey completes its range of long-endurance armed drones

Turkish drones have, in recent months, largely demonstrated their operational effectiveness, whether in theaters of operation in Syria, Libya or Iraq. Whether it's the medium Anka drone or the light TB2 drone, they combine remarkable endurance (24 hours), effective detection and communication capabilities, and proven ammunition carrying capabilities. Thus, in Libya, the Turkish TB2s are said to have destroyed several Pantsir S1 anti-aircraft systems supplied by the United Arab Emirates to the forces of General Haftar, while recording only a limited number of losses. In addition, they are reputed to be inexpensive,…

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Euro-Drone: The very bad calculation of Europeans close to the outcome

Started in 2016, the Eurodrone program led jointly by Germany (Airbus DS), France (Dassault Aviation) and Italy (Leonardo), continues to make headlines and passions, with many divergent opinions on the interest of the technological choices and their influence on the production and operating costs of the devices. It is therefore not uncommon to read, or to hear from the authorities, particularly the French ones, that the programme, which should reach €9 billion and not the €7,1 billion initially planned, will not be able to to provide sufficient capital gains to justify the price difference, this directly threatening the continuation of the program.…

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As the Eurodrone stagnates, the US Air Force prepares the successor to the famous MQ-9 Reaper

Last March, the head of acquisitions of the United States Air Force, Will Roper, announced before the United States Congress that the USAF wanted to stop the production of MQ-9 Reaper drones from 2022. As we explained in a detailed article at the time, this premature cessation of Reaper deliveries should make it possible to finance a new family of more or less complex drones capable of resuming both ISR (intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance) missions and strike operations in currently assigned to the Reapers, while extending the spectrum of missions that can be entrusted to unmanned aerial systems (UAS). Today, a first...

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Is there someone to save the Eurodrone?

On the occasion of an interview given by the Minister of the French Armed Forces, Florence Parly, on the radio France Inter on the subject of the French intervention in Mali and in the Sahelian region this weekend, the last question asked by the journalist on the future of the Eurodrone, called for a definitive response from the Minister, judging the system "too expensive". And Paris is not alone in distrusting the proposal made by European industrialists. And salvation will probably not come from across the Rhine, while the looming legislative elections seem to give the advantage to the very economical conservative party, particularly on…

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