Was the probable failure of SCAF planned by Berlin for a long time?

Whether it is industrial, military or even political authorities, today there are hardly any voices in France or Germany to hope that the Future Air Combat System program, or SCAF, will go to its term. Even the French Ministry of the Armed Forces, the voice of the Elysée's European and Franco-German cooperation ambitions for more than 5 years now, is not resigned, but at the very least discreet, even skeptical on the subject. This failure in the making, which now seems almost inevitable, is often presented as the consequence of an industrial opposition between Dassault Aviation and Airbus Defense & Space regarding the Next…

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An American-Italian engine for the Eurodrone, an industrial and technological heresy

For several months, the Medium Altitude Long Endurance, or MALE, European drone program bringing together France, Germany, Italy and Spain, had been on hold, awaiting the budgetary green light from Madrid, and the final choice of its propulsion solution. While Spain confirmed its financial participation a few weeks ago, the choice announced by Airbus DS of the Catalyst engine, manufactured in Italy by Avio Aero but designed in the United States by General Electric, to the detriment of the Ardiden 3TP engine from French Safran , has created a deep movement of discontent within the French defense industry. The Catalyst turboprop, rated at 850…

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Why does European cooperation fail so often?

In July 2017, in the midst of a trench war between Washington and Berlin on defense issues and the balance of trade, Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel announced the launch of vast Franco-German industrial cooperation in the field of defence, with no less than 4 major programs, the Future Air Combat System or SCAF intended to replace the French Rafale and German Typhoon, the Main Ground Combat System or MGCS intended to replace the Leclerc and Leopard 2 heavy tanks, the Maritime Airborne Warfare System or MAWS to replace the Atlantic 2 and P3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft, and the Common Indirect Fire…

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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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US Air Force prepares to replace MQ-9 Reaper with next-generation drone family

Along with its predecessor the MQ-1 Predator, the MQ-9 Reaper is the most iconic American drone of the past twenty years. Used by the USAF and the CIA, exported to the United Kingdom, Italy and France, this reconnaissance and attack drone alone evokes the asymmetrical nature of the Afghan, Iraqi and African conflicts led by the United States. and their allies. However, since the mid-2010s, the American armed forces have once again found themselves confronted with high-intensity threats, whether from Russia or China. In such a context, the MQ-9 Reaper appears as a…

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Saudi Arabia launches development of heavy bomber drone

On the occasion of the IDEX2019 exhibition which was held from February 17 to 21 in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, the Saudi state company Science Technology, responsible for promoting and developing Saudi defense research and industry, announced the co-development of a new heavy air combat drone, presented as a "drone bomber", in partnership with South Korea, Ukraine and the United States. The program, presented as a large twin-engine, would be capable of carrying "several tons" of equipment and armaments of all types, ranging from anti-ship missiles to guided bombs, as well as a wide variety of sensors ranging from radar to electro-optical and ESM sensors, etc.

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