A few days ago, the first Rafale to the F4.1 standard was delivered to the Military Air Expertise Center, or CEAM, at Air Base 118 in Mont-de-Marsan. This new standard will equip the Rafale with new expected capabilities, such as the helmet sight, new air-to-air and air-to-ground modes of its engagement system, extended data fusion and a completely modernized SPECTRA self-protection system. . In addition, the device will be able to implement new ammunition such as the short and medium range air-to-air missile MICA NG which promises to be the best in its category, as was the MICA at the beginning of the…Read the article
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Indian Navy set to order sister ship to aircraft carrier INS Vikrant
Since the entry into service of the new aircraft carrier with springboard and arresting lines INS Vikrant in September 2022, the question around the construction of a new ship, heavier and equipped with catapults, is the subject of many debates. in India. Paradoxically, the Indian Navy is clearly, and for several years, very reserved on the relevance of building a ship which wants to be the Indian response to the new Chinese Type 003, with a displacement of more than 65.000 tons and catapults to implement the new on-board fighter TEDBF for Twin Engined Deck Based Fighter, being designed by the national aircraft manufacturer HAL and the…Read the article
How can the evolution of the doctrine of possession of equipment make it possible to extend the format of the armies?
At the end of the 60s and the beginnings of on-board electronic systems, military equipment experienced very rapid growth in performance and capabilities. At the same time, their costs of acquisition and implementation also experienced a doped increase, far exceeding the increase in military budgets. In an attempt to maintain the formats and above all the operational capacities, the military and industrialists undertook to rely on two characteristics made possible thanks to the contributions of electronics and information technology, namely the versatility of the equipment, and their scalability to extend the effective life in the forces. This is how the…Read the article
F-35A, Su-75, FC-31..: which fighter will replace the F-16 of the United Arab Emirates?
In September 2020, against the backdrop of a historic agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel, US President Donald Trump announced the acquisition by Abu Dhabi of Reaper drones, but also of EA-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft and above all of 50 next-generation F-35A fighters, a first in the Middle East. Despite the colossal amount of $23 billion represented by this order, Congress was more than circumspect about it. And despite the efforts of President Trump who, until the last day of his mandate, tried to force the hand of US parliamentarians to endorse the order, it was immediately suspended by Joe Biden barely...Read the article
The Rafale is getting a little closer to Serbia
If the year 2023 has started for the French Rafale on the false start in Colombia, the prospects for the French aircraft, whether on the export market or on the national market, are to say the least projected at the start of the year. . Thus, a few days ago, the Indian Navy officially announced that it considered that the Rafale M suited its needs and operational constraints better than its competitor, the F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet proposed by the American Boeing. If other factors, in particular political ones, can still come to interfere with this contract relating to 26 apparatuses, the chances to see the latter materializing this…Read the article
India will increase its defense budget by 13% in 2023-2024
If the Russian aggression against Ukraine has provoked the announcement of numerous increases in the defense budgets of European countries, other theaters in the world are also the subject of intense tensions, leading governments to significantly increase their respective defense efforts. This is the case in the Western Pacific, while South Korea, Japan and Taiwan are engaged in a dynamic aimed at massively increasing their defense investments over the long term to control the threat posed by conventional and strategies of the Chinese and North Korean armies. This is also the case of India, which must simultaneously keep power under control…Read the article
Hard-kill, SEAD, wandering munitions…: the future French LPM is preparing for high intensity
Although all the arbitrations have not yet been made, the content of the future Military Programming Law which will cover the period 2024-2030 is beginning to be partly known, whether through certain official statements by the Minister for the Armed Forces Sebastien Lecornu, Chiefs of Staff and even President Emmanuel Macron. Thus, the overall budget seems to target an envelope of €413 billion over the period, i.e. an average annual budget of €58 billion, almost 32% more than the budget for the armed forces in 2023 (€44 billion), and 66% more than the 2017 budget (€35 billion). Once integrated into a…Read the article
Is French on-board hunting threatened by the next military programming law?
In order to meet the security challenges imposed by geopolitical and technological developments, in particular the emergence of new significant military threats, including in Europe, President Emmanuel Macron announced, shortly after his re-election, that a new Planning Law would be designed to be presented in the first quarter of 2023, and voted on immediately by Parliament, probably before the summer break. Beyond a strategic review of the most obscure, mixing in its conclusions strategic objectives, means and cooperation, it is since then very difficult to obtain from the Ministry of the Armed Forces as well as from the General Staff, information on the content of…Read the article
Colombia announces the failure of the Rafale contract... and the order of CAESAR guns for $101 million
Update: Bis Repetita. Only a few hours after announcing the order of CAESAR from Nexter, the Colombian authorities backtracked, to confirm the order of 18 ATMOS systems from the Israeli Elbit instead. According to Bogota, Nexter had refused to waive the 12% increase in its prices vis-à-vis the initial quotation, while Elbit agreed to waive this increase. Like the Rafale, the CAESAR came out on top in the evaluations carried out by the Colombian armies. Obviously, the announcement made by the Colombian president two weeks ago regarding an upcoming order for 16 Rafale aircraft by…Read the article
The Colombian Rafale order could take place before the end of 2022
Less than a week ago, we listed in an article the potential future Rafale contracts for the year 2023. Of the 6 countries mentioned, Colombia was then the one with the shortest probable deadlines, while airlines of the country had announced that the French aircraft best met their needs in the face of the American F-16V and the Swedish JAS-39 Gripen E/F, and that the Colombian authorities were to announce the selection of the winner of this competition during the month of January 2023. Since then, things seem to have taken off in Bogota. Just a few hours after this article was published,…Read the article