What consequences for France if the SCAF and Tempest programs merged?

After his German counterpart Lt General Ingo Gerhartz, it is the turn of General Luca Goretti, the Chief of Staff of the Italian Air Force, to declare that, according to him, the European programs of 6th generation combat aircraft SCAF (for Future Combat Air System) which brings together Germany, Spain and France, and FCAS (for Future Combat Air System, the same acronym) which brings together Great Britain, Italy and Sweden , will be expected to merge in the more or less near future. According to the Italian general officer, given the industrial and budgetary issues, and the proximity of programs, industrial players and countries,…

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Intellectual property issues threaten the SCAF program

In the small world of European Defense cooperation, things are not going as well as they seem. Because if officially, the industrialists are actively involved with the support of the governments in these programs, many difficulties, whether it is about the differences on the way the programs are managed politically, or the industrial sharing between the industrial bases of each countries, hamper their smooth running, at least in a civilized way. Last problem to date, significant tensions oppose the French industrialists participating in the SCAF program to their German counterparts about the way in which the German political authorities pilot the…

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Is France sacrificing part of its Defense Industry on the altar of cooperation with Germany?

It's official, the KNDS company, which brings together the French Nexter and the German Krauss-Maffei Wegman, and which was until now piloted by a two-headed structure made up of the CEO of Nexter Stephan Mayer and his counterpart from KMW, will see its structure evolve, and will now be steered by a 9-person board of directors chaired by Philippe Petitcolin, the CEO of the French engine manufacturer Safran, while the company will pass under the direction of Frank Haun, hitherto boss of KMW, who will be replaced in this position by the vice-president of the company, Ralf Ketzel, while for his part, Stéphane Mayer will leave Nexter, without his successor having been named so far.…

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Spanish Indra will lead the “Sensors” section of the FCAS program, but is that good news?

On November 23, the French Directorate General for Armaments, known by the acronym DGA, signed, by delegation of the German, French and Spanish States, the contract granting the Spanish on-board electronics company Indra the management of the "sensors of the future air combat system program, or SCAF, aimed at developing the future combat aircraft and related systems that will equip the air forces of the 3 countries from 2040. Indra will therefore be in charge, with the French companies Thales and German Hensoldt to develop the radar and all the new generation sensors that will equip the key device of the European air forces...

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By winning on the new Typhoon radar, the Spanish Indra strengthens its position in the SCAF program

According to a press release from the Spanish on-board avionics company Indra, the latter would have been granted a position of co-developer, with the German Hensoldt, concerning the new Captor-E radar with active electronic antenna which will equip the new versions of the hunter. Eurofighter Typhoon, as well as modernized versions. This announcement will allow the Spanish company to co-develop and co-produce the 130 radars ordered as part of the modernization of the 130 German-Spanish Eurofighters planned over the decade, but also to equip some 110 new aircraft announced as soon ordered by the Luftwaffe for the replacement of part of its Tornado and Typhoon Tranche I…

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Spain begins negotiations to acquire 20 Typhoons and replace its F18s

Like Berlin, Madrid will therefore have resisted the American sirens of the F35A, by announcing the official start of negotiations with Airbus DS for the acquisition of 20 Eurofighter Typhoon fighters to replace the EF-18 Hornets of squadron 46 based in the Canary Islands. The new aircraft will reinforce the approximately 70 Typhoons already in service with the Spanish Air Force. As for the Luftwaffe, the Spanish Typhoons will be of the IV tranche and will offer greatly extended operational capabilities, both for air-to-air and air-to-ground or air-to-surface missions, implementing in particular the new AESA Radar jointly developed by the Spaniard Indra and the German Hensoldt. The new devices are expected between…

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For its Typhoon fighters, Germany acquires AESA radars manufactured by Hensoldt, to the detriment of European programs

On June 17, the German government announced that it had agreed to fund the supply of Active Electronic Antenna Radars (AESA) to modernize the current fleet of 110 Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft in service with the Luftwaffe. If Airbus will take care of the integration of the new AESA radars on board fighter planes, it is the German electronics engineer Hensoldt who will recover the biggest workload, with a share of around 1,5 billion euros. Hensoldt will indeed be responsible for the development and production of this new radar, which should drastically improve the combat performance of the Typhoon. Through this contract, Germany is…

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These technologies which will be able to detect an F35 from 2030

Since the use of the F117 during the first Gulf War in 1991, stealth has been considered the essential characteristic of a combat aircraft, to be able to face the modern anti-aircraft defenses of a determined adversary. . And Lieutenant Colonel Zelko's aircraft shot down by a battery of S-175 missiles (SA-3 in the NATO classification), when it had just opened its ammunition hatch on March 27, 1999 over Serbia did not didn't change much. Stealth had become the holy grail of aircraft manufacturers and the staffs of the world's air forces. From then on, several programs based on this characteristic were developed, in…

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The 10 most read articles on Meta-defense in 2019

To get the year off to a good start, and while waiting for the resumption of publications on January 6, there's nothing like a little look back at the key events of 2019, through the ranking of the 10 most consulted articles of the year on Meta-Defense. All these articles can be consulted free of charge until January 31, 2019 10th: The Sino-Russian couple would prevail over Western forces according to the simulations of the Pentagon Article of August 5, 2019 The sentence is final: during the simulations carried out by the Pentagon at the beginning of 2019, based on a major conflict between the West and the combined Chinese and Russian forces, the forces…

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German Hensoldt has shown that F35 can be detected by passive radar

The American site C4ISRnet.com, belonging to the sphere defensenews.com, published the story that led Lockheed to ground its F35As dispatched to the Berlin Air Show in 2018, at the Schönefeld airfield near Berlin, while the nato and the United States were doing everything in their power to get Germany to choose the stealth aircraft to replace its Tornado. Indeed, the German radar designer Hensoldt took advantage of this event to test its new passive radar TwInvis, in order to evaluate its performance on a wide range of devices. And as the designers of the TwInvis, not given to the German system, expected, the two F35…

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