The French Navy wants to model its capability strategy on aeronautical programs

When it entered service in 2002 within the 12F flotilla of naval aviation to replace its antediluvian F-8F Crusader, the first Rafale Marines were delivered to the F1 standard, which then only had air-to-air capabilities. But from the start of the program, the scalability of the device and the planning of the versions were at the heart of the strategy pursued by the Ministry of Defense and Team Rafale. Thus in 2005, the Air Force began to receive its first Rafale B and C to the F2 standard, specialized in Air-Ground strikes to replace the withdrawal of Franco-British SEPECAT Jaguars, followed in 2009 of the Rafale…

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Faced with Fincantieri, Naval Group once again draws the FDI in Greece

The modernization of the Greek surface fleet is a critical subject for Athens. A little over a year ago, the Greek authorities announced the order of 3 FDI frigates from the French Naval Group with this in mind, as well as the start of a consultation for the local construction of 6 corvettes with anti-submarine capability. -Marine. Due to the defense agreement signed between Paris and Athens at the same time as the FDI and Rafale orders, many people considered that the Naval Group Gowind 2500 was the big favorite in this competition, especially since the corvette French offers excellent value for money and…

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Rafale, Caesar, FDI, Scorpene…: What are these French defense equipment items that export so well today?

Order intake for French defense equipment exports reached €11,7 billion in 2021, the third best year ever recorded by this industry, while 2022 promises to be the year of all records. more than €20 billion, in particular due to the order of 80 Rafale aircraft by the United Arab Emirates for more than €14 billion. In fact, since 1950, France has evolved between 3rd and 4th place in the world ranking of arms exporters, behind the United States, the Soviet Union/Russia, and on a par with Great Britain in this area. . French exports today represent more than…

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LPM 2023: 5 technological Quickwins to strengthen the French Armies in the face of High Intensity

We come to the conclusion of this series of articles devoted to the issues, risks and opportunities that frame the design of the next Military Programming Law. In recent days, through the voice of the Minister of the Armed Forces Sebastien Lecornu, certain tracks have been revealed as to the priority objectives of this LPM, such as the doubling of the operational reserve (Hypothesis 1 of the article "The" Army at the crossroads paths”), and like the reorganization of the industrial effort in order to reinforce the strategic autonomy of the country. It is obvious that the greatest unknown, to date, remains the organization, the financing and the scale of this effort, subjects which…

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LPM 2023: The French Navy facing the Indo-Pacific challenge

Questioned on July 27 by the deputies of the Defense Committee of the National Assembly, Admiral Pierre repeated what he has not stopped saying since his appointment as Chief of Staff of the National Navy in September 2020. "The massive rearmament observed in the world will make the sea a conflict zone in the years to come". In fact, in just a few years, the French Navy has gone from a posture of peace, certain that the best defense available to its ships was the flag they are flying, to active preparation for commitments of high or even very high intensity. The fact is,…

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After Brussels and Athens, Bucharest is showing France the way for European Defense cooperation

In an interview given to local media, Romanian Defense Minister Vasile Dîncu revealed that Romania and France had signed a letter of intent for the acquisition of Scorpene submarines and helicopters designed French for the armies of the country. The French authorities, as is often the case now, remained discreet on the subject, as did the manufacturers concerned, contenting themselves with confirming that advanced discussions were taking place with Bucharest within the framework of an extended military and industrial cooperation. These discussions, which take place in a long-standing political and military cooperation between the two…

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Why are French ships often insufficiently equipped?

A few days ago, an article by Mer et Marine caused some media frenzy in the national defense sphere. He explained that the Bretagne frigate of the French Navy, an Aquitaine class ship, had seen its R-ECM jammers, equipment designed by Thales, and which allow the ship to jam the radars of ships but also anti-aircraft missiles. - opposing ships, withdrawn to equip the new frigate Lorraine. Indeed, only 7 batches of jammers have actually been ordered by the French Navy to equip its 8 FREMM frigates, leaving a ship permanently without these systems, which are nevertheless considered critical for…

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The new FDI frigates of the French Navy less well armed than expected

The ceremony for laying the keel of the first Defense and Intervention Frigate, or FDI, of the French Navy, was held on December 16 at the Naval Group site in Lorient. Baptized Amiral Ronarc'h, this first frigate of an eponymous class of 5 ships which will enter service between 2025 and 2030, will weigh 4500 tonnes and be 122m long, will be one of the pillars of the renewal of the surface fleet of the Navy. And if it will carry many new capabilities for the French Navy, such as the Thales Seafire 500 active plate antenna radar which offers…

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Greece signs Letter of Intent for 2 frigates and 6 used mine hunters with the Netherlands

During the broad consultation carried out for Athens to acquire new frigates as part of the modernization of the Hellenic Navy, two offers seemed to stand out from the lot, the FDI Belharra from Naval Group, finally chosen by Athens, and the Sigma 15515 from the Dutch Lady. In addition to the qualities of the Dutch frigate, Amsterdam proposed the transfer of its two Karel Doorman class frigates as a temporary solution. However, these ships had, in the eyes of the Hellenic Navy, a much higher interest than the two Type 70 frigates that Paris proposed to offer to Athens if the latter were to choose the FDI. Eventually he…

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Negotiations for Gowind 2500 corvettes built in Greece to advance rapidly

When we have followed with pain the most often biased and devoid of material comments concerning the Shortfin Barracuda submarine program in the Australian press, follow the reactions of the Greek press about the announcement of the choice of the FDI Belh@ frigates rra for the modernization of the country's fleet, is more than refreshing, as the enthusiasm overflows from press articles and comments from the Greeks themselves. We also learn, at the turn of a paragraph, that the Naval Group frigate had received, by far, the best rating from the Higher Council of the Hellenic Navy, leaving few chances to…

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