Swiss F-35: Rising prices and falling industrial compensation

Barely 5 months after the selection of the F-35A from Lockheed-Martin to replace the F-5 and F/A 18 of the Swiss Air Force, announcements and disappointments are accumulating for manufacturers, but also for Swiss taxpayers, who will have to put their hands on the wallet much more than initially announced to acquire the 36 American combat planes. Indeed, on the occasion of the publication of the contractual data proposed by the United States in Bern within the framework of this contract, the first slippages are already apparent, and will very probably weigh heavily in the citizens' vote which is taking shape, as well as on the parliamentary inquiry…

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Boeing's Super Hornet leaves Canadian competition through the back door

For ten years, Lockheed-Martin's F-35 Lighting II has imposed itself in all the competitions in which it has participated. If the conditions of these victories are often subject to discussion, it is nonetheless true that the American apparatus, despite its weaknesses and its many faults, has always managed to convince the officials in charge of choosing, for their respective countries, the aircraft that will be the spearhead of their air force for the next 50 years. Canada will probably be no exception to the rule, since after the withdrawal of Dassault Aviation and its Rafale, then Airbus…

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Will the F-35 hypothesis reappear in Germany?

The new coalition in power in Germany yesterday published the coalition agreement which constitutes the global contract around which the Social Democrats, the Greens and the Liberals have agreed to govern the country together. The 177-page document covers many economic, social, environmental and international political aspects. Contrary to the general policy discourse presented by each new French government, this coalition agreement constitutes a firm commitment to which the coalition government has agreed and committed itself, and each paragraph, each word has been weighed in it. The defense dimension is naturally dealt with there, as is the European dimension of this…

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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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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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Why is the US Air Force pulling away from the F-35 now?

As we saw in our article "The US Air Force could develop a new fighter to replace its F16" of February 18, the US Air Force is distancing itself from the F35 program. In question, prices that are too high and which will not be called upon to drop according to the analyzes of the Air Force services, sometimes disappointing aeronautical and operational performance, too chaotic maintenance and availability, and questionable reliability, given the almost 800 problems that the device still suffers from. According to the discourse of American officials, it is now essential, to deal with the rise of Chinese power, to replace the fleet...

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Pentagon has 6 months to produce UFO report for US Senate

The US Congress has included several obligations in the law to support the US economy in the face of the consequences of the Covid-19 crisis, which provides for an envelope of $2.300 trillion reinjected into the US economy. One of these obligations is likely to cause a stir, since it involves requiring the Pentagon and the federal intelligence agencies to produce a synthetic and exhaustive report concerning the observations of unidentified aerial phenomena, ranging from mechanisms for collecting and analyzing data with mechanisms for sharing information between agencies/armies, as well as prospective analyzes on the threats that these unidentified phenomena may represent, especially if it is a question of…

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Indonesia wants to build an air force of 170 fighters in the coming years

In recent months, Indonesia's acquisition and communication strategy for defense programs has been perceived as chaotic to say the least. Indeed, the country, which today has a strong fleet of around fifteen Russian Su-27 and Su-30 fighters, around thirty American F-16s and around forty FA- 50 South Koreans and British Hawks, has engaged in all-out negotiations to modernize the latter: here 11 Su-35s with Moscow, there 15 second-hand Eurofighter Typhoons with Austria, F16s or F35s with the United States, and recently 36 or 48 Rafale with France. These announcements were...

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US denies sale of F35 to Indonesia paving way for Su-35s

The modernization of the Indonesian air force looks more and more like a soap opera, so many are the twists and turns. While Jakarta has entered into negotiations with Vienna with a view to acquiring the 15 used Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets which the Austrian authorities would be delighted to get rid of, Washington has just sent an unfavorable response to the Indonesian request concerning the acquisition of F35, offering as an alternative the F16 Block 72+ or the F/A 18 E/F Super Hornet. But for the Indonesian authorities, this refusal could be used as an argument to validate the order of 11 Russian Su-35s fighters in negotiation for several years. Traditionally non-aligned, Indonesia…

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Switzerland barely keeps its hunting fleet

Despite the polls which gave a clear advantage to supporters of the modernization of the Swiss Confederation's fighter fleet, the referendum held this Sunday, September 27 nearly put an end to the hopes of the country's air force. Indeed, if the "Yes" was finally retained, it was only by a very narrow majority of 50,1%, the motion in favor having obtained only 8.670 votes more, out of 3,2 million of votes cast, that the motion against. Because of this particularly small gap, it is likely that the opponents of this measure, in the first place of which the…

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