Colombia becomes a "major ally" of the United States

The war in Ukraine has generated a certain radicalization at the level of international relations, in Europe of course, but also on the whole planet. In this context, President Maduro's Venezuela did not fail to play an important card, by displaying unfailing support for Moscow from the outset of the conflict, and by systematically voting against the texts targeting the Russian Federation at the United Nations. . For Caracas, it is a question of securing the good graces of the Kremlin, whose military support and in terms of arms exports are essential to maintaining the regime in place. If the rapprochement with Moscow and Beijing dates from…

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US Congress may authorize the export of new F-16 Block 70 Vipers to Turkey

In October 2021, the Turkish authorities had officially submitted a request to the Foreign Military Sales, or FMS, the American organization in charge of arms export files to the allies of the United States, to acquire 40 new F-16s. Block 70 Viper and 80 kits to bring its own aircraft to this much more advanced and efficient standard than the F-16 C/D Block 52 currently in service with the Turkish Air Force. If President Biden promised to do what he could to bring this request to fruition, the American Congress, which firmly controls US arms exports, had opposed it, against the background of the crisis concerning the acquisition…

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Cacophony within NATO over Polish MiG-29s

Yesterday evening we published an article (to avoid any confusion, it has been deleted and is accessible for information at the end of this article) concerning the announced decision of Warsaw to transfer its Mig-29 fighter planes to the American base of Rammstein in Germany, suggesting that the United States would ensure the delivery of these fighters to the Ukrainian air force in order to support the defense effort against Russian aggression. In the same press release, the Polish authorities announced that they would replace the aircraft offered indirectly to Ukraine, by acquiring second-hand combat aircraft with the same capabilities as those of its Mig-29s, suggesting that …

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Can the French aeronautical industry bounce back from the success of the F-35 in Europe?

At the end of last week, and as anticipated, the Finnish authorities announced that they had selected the American F-35A fighter to succeed the F-18s within its air force, at the end of the HX competition which saw once again the American fighter to the other Western models, F/A 18 E/F Super Hornet, Gripen, Rafale and Typhoon. As in Switzerland, the conclusions presented by the Finnish authorities are final, the F-35 appearing superior to other competitors in all areas, including in the area of ​​budgetary sustainability. And as in Switzerland, many voices are now being raised to restore…

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Unsurprisingly, the US Congress is hostile to the export of F-16s to Turkey

The situation tends to become more complex for President Erdogan in the matter of the acquisition of new 40 new American F-16s as well as 80 kits to transform part of his 240 aircraft in service into F-16 Block 70 Viper, the most advanced version of the Lockheed Martin aircraft, notably carrying the new EASA AN/APG-83 radar, as well as modernized avionics and an advanced self-defense suite. Indeed, while US President Joe Biden kicked into touch by promising his Turkish counterpart RT Erdogan to “do everything he can” to push this request forward, in a diplomatic way…

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Joe Biden vows to do 'all he can' for new Turkish F-16s

As we wrote, President Erdogan's request to the United States to acquire around forty new F-16 fighters, as well as 80 kits to modernize part of his fleet to the Block 70 Viper standard, clearly the American authorities, and in particular President Biden, in a very delicate position, especially since Ankara threatens to turn to Russia and its Su-35s or even Su-57Es if Washington were to refuse these licenses export. At the same time, the Turkish authorities continue to negotiate with Moscow the acquisition of new S-400 systems, as well as technological partnerships in the field of…

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Washington ready to sell new F-16s to Turkey according to RT Erdogan

Relations between the United States and Turkey have been tense for several years, and tinged with a game of lying poker which President Erdogan seems to indulge with a certain relish on the international scene. But since the entry into service of the S-400 long-range anti-aircraft systems acquired from Russia, the position of the Turkish president has become considerably more complex with the sanctioning by Washington of what is sometimes presented, in a way questionable, as "NATO's second army", depriving Ankara of certain key technologies for its own defense programs, such as the Altay tank and the T129 helicopter. Worse still, it...

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Turkey wants 40 new F-16s and 80 modernization kits from the United States

With 245 F-16 fighter planes in the fleet, the Turkish Air Force is the third largest user of the Fighting Falcon on the planet after the United States and Israel, and as such represents an essential component of the Turkish defense system. on the southern flank of the Alliance. However, some of these devices are starting to show the weight of the years, and even if the majority of the fleet has been brought to the Block 50+ standard, it is now marking time in the face of the arrival of new, more efficient devices, such as the Russian Su-35 and Su-57, but also, and above all, against the Rafale and F-16 Block…

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For its leaders, the US Air Force must move quickly or lose to China

If anyone still had doubts, the United States and its armies are actively preparing for a possible confrontation, and only one, against China. And to do so, the US Air Force will not only have to mobilize all its resources, but also quickly evolve, otherwise it may well not be able to give US and allied forces the essential advantage to stand up to the armed forces. from Beijing. At least that's what several of the world's premier air force leaders said, with remarkable synchronicity, at the annual Air Force Association's Air, Space &…

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