Serbia could turn to the Typhoon if France refuses to deliver “certain missiles”

Things are not going as well as hoped between Paris and Belgrade regarding a possible acquisition of 12 Rafale planes to replace the aging Mig-29s of the Serbian air force. If the negotiations continue with Dassault aviation and the Hotel de Brienne, it seems that the Serbian authorities are irritated by the refusal of Paris to deliver certain missiles. And to give weight to this dissatisfaction, Nebojša Stefanovi, the Serbian Defense Minister, announced on April 16 that he had started, in parallel with the negotiations with Paris, discussions with London about Typhoon fighters, specifying that the first of the two to satisfy…

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Will Germany limit itself to 35 F-35As for its Luftwaffe?

Unsurprisingly, the German Chancellery has therefore announced, as part of its program to increase the strength of its armed forces, the acquisition of 35 F-35A combat aircraft from the American Lockheed-Martin to ensure the sharing mission. NATO nuclear power, of which Berlin is one of the 5 pillars with Ankara, Amsterdam, Brussels and Rome, alongside 15 electronic warfare devices and suppression of enemy anti-aircraft defenses Typhoon ECR from the European consortium Eurofighter bringing together Germany, the Spain, Italy and Great Britain, in order to replace the Tornado ECR which ensured this mission until now. Beyond signing the end of the production of the F/A…

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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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Germany wants to assess the interest of the F-35 to replace its Tornado

“Oh, What a Surprise” will say the most cynical. According to the German site Die Zeit, the new Minister of Defense Christine Lambrecht has indeed undertaken to reconsider the decision of the one who preceded her in the function, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, who had in 2020 arbitrated in favor of the acquisition of 30 Boeing F/A 18 E/F Super Hornet fighter bombers and 15 EA-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft to replace the Tornado dedicated to NATO's shared nuclear mission, and the Tornado ECR electronic warfare and suppression respectively opponent's anti-aircraft defences. According to the article, the German Minister, in agreement with the…

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What consequences for France if the SCAF and Tempest programs merged?

After his German counterpart Lt General Ingo Gerhartz, it is the turn of General Luca Goretti, the Chief of Staff of the Italian Air Force, to declare that, according to him, the European programs of 6th generation combat aircraft SCAF (for Future Combat Air System) which brings together Germany, Spain and France, and FCAS (for Future Combat Air System, the same acronym) which brings together Great Britain, Italy and Sweden , will be expected to merge in the more or less near future. According to the Italian general officer, given the industrial and budgetary issues, and the proximity of programs, industrial players and countries,…

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Spain officially denies interest in American F-35

Clearly, the information that leaked last week about a possible acquisition by Spain of 50 F-35s, 25 in version B for its aircraft carrier Juan Carlos I, and 25 in version A to replace some of its F/A 18 Hornets, generated a lot of commotion between Madrid, Berlin and Paris. Indeed, the spokesperson for the Spanish Ministry of Defense officially denied the veracity of this announcement, and insisted that Madrid was fully committed to the SCAF program which brings together the 3 countries, leaving no option to join another program like the F-35. This advert…

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Eurofighter Typhoon still has chances against F-35A in Spain

Yesterday Thursday, November 4, the Spanish authorities officially transmitted a request for information (RFI) to the American Foreign Military Sales, the organization supervising arms exports to the allies of the United States, about 25 F-35B , the vertical or short take-off and landing version of Lockheed-Martin's aircraft, to replace its AV-8B Harrier II Matadors which are due to be withdrawn from service in 2028, as well as for 25 F-35A, the implemented version from land, to replace part of its F/A 18 Hornets. The information, which had leaked a day earlier, had already aroused many reactions and concerns, especially from…

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Swiss public opinion invites itself into the competition for the replacement of the Swiss F18 and F5

24 hours before the announcement of the winner of the AIR2030 competition aimed at replacing the F/A 18 Hornet and F5 Tiger II combat aircraft in service with the Swiss Air Force, the weight of public opinion seems to represent a growing issue. , not to say decisive, in this case whose twists have little to envy to an 8th final between France and Switzerland. According to the Swiss media, the outcome of this competition is unlikely to be more favorable to the French Rafale than yesterday's match was for the French team, since everything seems to indicate…

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Bangladesh launches competition to acquire 16 modern multi-purpose fighters

While the whole of Asia seems to be embarking on a vast movement of rapid rearmament, the authorities of Bangladesh have just announced the launch of a procedure aimed at acquiring, on the 2021/2022 budget, 16 combat aircraft modern multi-purpose vehicles as part of its “Forces Objectives 2030” plan. For this, the country is planning an exceptional line of credit financed directly at the state level, and not impacting the budget of the Ministry of Defense, in the amount of 25 Crore de taka, i.e. €000 billion. , with a provision of 2,42% i.e. Taka 25 Crore / €7500 m from the 600/2021 budget and financing by…

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The new Finnish fighter plane will be chosen after a wargame

The HX competition aimed at replacing the F/A 18 Hornets of the Finnish Air Force is soon coming to an end, while all the proposals from the 5 manufacturers involved, Boeing with the F/A 18 E/F Super Hornet, Dassault with the Rafale, Eurofighter with the Typhoon, Lockheed-Martin with the F35 and Saab with the Gripen E/F, were handed over to the country's authorities this week. The choice of aircraft for this almost €10 billion contract will be made on price considerations, of course, but also on security of supply and industrial cooperation. Above all, Helsinki intends to integrate the results of the tactical evaluations of the 5 devices…

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