The French Navy demonstrates the relevance of the double crew to arm its frigates

In 2019, the General Staff of the French Navy announced the start of an experiment allowing two FREMM frigates of the Aquitaine class, the Aquitaine based in Brest, and the Languedoc based in Toulon, to be equipped with 2 crews , similar to what has long been practiced for its nuclear-powered submarines. The Bretagne frigate was also double-crewed in 2020, and now all FREMMs of the Aquitaine and Alsace classes will be equipped with this feature. The objective is to allow ships to maintain an activity at sea for 180 days a year, while reducing the pressure on…

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Typhoon, FREMM, M-346: Italy would be close to signing a €12bn super-contract in Egypt

After several years of negotiations, Cairo would be close to concretizing the largest defense contract in its history, by ordering from Rome 24 Typhoon fighter planes, 4 FREMM frigates, 20 armed patrol boats, 20 M-346 training planes and a observation satellite, for an amount exceeding €12 billion. In the spring of 2020, Italy managed to take a predominant negotiating position in Egypt on the arms contract, on the ruins left by Paris after Emmanuel Macron, during an official visit to the Egyptian capital, questioning human rights issues in the country. Rome was on the…

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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 - opposing ships, withdrawn to equip the new frigate Lorraine.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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Italy will increase its defense budget by €12 billion by 2028

Europe is a land of paradox. While during the last 10 years, European leaders had ignored the rise of the Russian armies and the construction of a military power at the gates of Europe based on the powerful Chinese ally, and capable, as we thought a few weeks ago, of gaining the upper hand over the NATO forces present in Europe, the outbreak of the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian armies, and the flagrant poor performance of the latter against an adversary supposed to be vastly inferior, spawned a flurry of announcements in favor of the defense effort within the entire…

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The US Navy chooses Thales CAPTAS-4 sonar for its new Constellation frigates

If there is one area in which French defense know-how is universally recognized, it is anti-submarine warfare. Whether it is its frigates, its submarines, or its maritime patrol aircraft, the French Navy has very often demonstrated advanced technicality and capabilities, even surpassing those of the very effective allies. Americans and British. Thus, on several occasions in recent years, the new French Aquitaine-class frigates have won the "Hook'em" competition organized by the US Navy, rewarding the best NATO crew(s) in the field of anti-terrorist combat. -underwater. If the French Navy collects the…

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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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What are the strengths and weaknesses of the French Navy?

The entry into service of the new Alsace frigate, which offers enhanced anti-aircraft capabilities while retaining the anti-submarine warfare and anti-ship warfare capabilities of the Aquitaine-class FREMMs, was rightly , hailed as an important step in the effort to modernize the French Navy. Many other programs are underway to support this effort, including the FDI defense and intervention frigates, the Suffren class nuclear attack submarines, the Jacques Chevallier class tanker tankers, the future Ocean Patrollers or again the SLAM-F Mines war program, all to enter service during…

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The FREMM anti-aircraft frigate Alsace joins active service in the French Navy

The new FREMM frigate with enhanced anti-aircraft capability Alsace officially entered service on Monday, November 22, according to a message published directly by the Minister of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly. This ship replaces the anti-aircraft frigate Cassard withdrawn from service in March 2019, and allows the French Navy to now align 9 modern frigates, out of the 15 ships of this type which it must have according to the 2013 white paper and the Review Strategic of 2017. If the number is not there yet, waiting for the entry into service of its sister-ship Lorraine in 2022, then of the new Frigate of Defense and Intervention...

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These 4 drifts that handicap the Western defense effort against China and Russia

While the competition between the West and the Sino-Russian bloc is becoming increasingly fierce on the international scene, numerous simulations carried out in recent years show that despite Western defense spending 6 times greater than that of the China and Russia combined, the latter are constantly increasing their relative military power, to the point of probably overtaking their competitors in the decade to come. One can naturally be tempted by trivial explanations, such as the very different labor costs between countries, or the much firmer control imposed by these regimes on their respective populations. However, these…

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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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