"Too complex, too expensive, unsaleable", this is how Hervé Morin, then Nicolas Sarkozy's Minister of Defense, explained the poor sale of the Rafale on the international scene in the early 2010s. Today, however, with a new contract for the acquisition of 42 aircraft to be delivered from 2025 for the Indonesian Air Force, the French aeronautical flagship has reached a total of 284 export orders to 7 international customers, equaling in volume the exports of its predecessor, the Mirage 2000, 285 exported to 8 countries. This new contract, estimated at €7 billion, allows Team Rafale to confirm the exceptional results recorded…Read the article
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Florence Parly in Indonesia to negotiate the sale of Rafale and Scorpene submarines?
Since this morning, the French Minister for the Armed Forces has been in Jakarta, Indonesia on a 2-day trip which is of strategic importance for France and its defense industry. For two years now, negotiations have been under way between Paris and Jakarta on the acquisition of Rafale fighters for the Indonesian air force, and Scorpene submarines for the country's navy, in a vast effort to modernize the armed forces having resulted, in recent months, in the order of 6 FREMM frigates from the Italian fincantieri and two Arrowhead 140 frigates being built locally from the British company Babcock. The…Read the article
The French Ministry of the Armed Forces considers the principle of a Burst of Electronic Warfare useless
In June 2021, the UDI deputy for Seine Saint-Denis and member of the Defense commission of the National Assembly had questioned, based on an article published on Meta-Defense, the Ministry of the Armed Forces on the relevance of developing a version of the Rafale dedicated to electronic warfare missions, like what was done, for example, with the US Navy's E/A-18G Growler from the F/A-18F Super Hornet. According to the arguments put forward, a Rafale "specialized" in this electronic warfare mission, would make it possible to increase the capacities of the French air forces to suppress enemy anti-aircraft defenses, and thus guarantee, over time, the capacities of the forces...Read the article
India, South Korea: France on the offensive in the field of nuclear submarines
The Minister of the French Armed Forces, Florence Parly, is traveling to India this weekend to meet her Indian counterpart Shri Rajnath Singh, as well as other officials from New Delhi, in order to discuss several topics in the field of cooperation. strategic and industrial relationship between the two countries, partners and long-standing allies. In addition to the question of a possible additional order of Rafale aircraft, cooperation in the field of helicopters with a line of sight, a possible contract to equip the Indian Coast Guard with Caracal helicopters, and questions of strategic cooperation in the theater Pacific shaken up in recent months both by the…Read the article
Florence Parly confirms the replacement of the 12 used Rafale sold to Croatia
This puts an end to a long suspense, as well as to certain concerns. Indeed, the Minister of the French Armies Florence Parly, traveling to Zagreb for the signing of the sale of 12 second-hand Rafales to Croatia, confirmed by a tweet that the devices, which will be taken from the fleet of the Army de l'Air et de l'Espace, will effectively be replaced by an order to be launched in 2023. at this time according to the planning of the Act…Read the article
The French armies engage in Social Warfare, but with one arm behind their back
new doctrine of computer influence warfare, or L2I since this is the acronym consecrated by official communication, in order to detail the future actions of the French armies in this areaRead the article
What is the record of Emmanuel Macron's five-year term in terms of Defense?
With the confirmation of a new € 1,7 billion of the Army budget for the year 2022, bringing it to € 40,9 billion, i.e. an overall increase of almost € 9 billion since 2017, the government and the Minister of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly, confirm stricto-senso compliance with the 2019-2025 Military Programming Law, and the promises made by Emmanuel Macron during the previous presidential campaignRead the article
Barracuda, Shortfin, Scorpene: What alternatives to increase the French submarine fleet?
For several months, several French Deputies and Senators, whether they belong to the presidential majority or to the opposition, have repeatedly and more and more precisely questioned the Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly as the Chiefs of Staff on the capabilities and deficiencies of the French armies in the field of high intensity combat and nuclear deterrence. Combat drones, fighter or frigate fleets, second aircraft carriers and armored vehicles, many topics were discussed, with the very real fear expressed by parliamentarians that the operational capabilities of the French armies would be, in the years to come. , insufficient for…Read the article
The Rafale will fly well under Croatian cockade
This Friday, the Croatian authorities confirmed their decision to acquire 12 second-hand Rafale aircraft from France to replace its last MIG-21s by 2024. Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković indicated that the French proposal was the one that best met the needs of the country's air forces, and the most relevant from an economic point of view. The contract, worth 999 million euros, includes the delivery of 12 Rafales to the F3R standard, the training of flight and maintenance personnel, ammunition and spare parts, in order to give the Croatian air forces the freedom of necessary and required action to defend…Read the article
The Rafale close to landing in Indonesia
The year had already started very well for the French Rafale combat aircraft, with orders for 18 aircraft for Greece and 30 new aircraft for Egypt. It could well become exceptional in the next few weeks. Indeed, the French aircraft is well positioned in several competitions: Croatia, for which France offers 12 second-hand aircraft against the American F16V and the Swedish Gripen, like Switzerland, whose call for tenders covers around forty of aircraft for which the French Rafale is opposed to the European Typhoon, as well as the American Super Hornets and F35A, must both announce their arbitrations in the…Read the article