The 4 countries forming Scandinavia, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden, share, beyond their history and a cool weather, many geographical, demographic and economic characteristics. Thus, they have a relatively small population, 5,8 m for Denmark, 5,5 m for Finland, 5,5 m for Norway and 10,5 m for Sweden, for a very large territory, 2,2 m km2 for Denmark (due to Greenland), 340.000 km2 for Finland, 385.000 km2 for Norway and 450.000 km2 for Sweden. In fact, these 3 of these countries have a density of…Read the article
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Why giving fighter jets to Ukraine is more complicated than it seems?
For several weeks, the very day after the agreement given by Washington and Berlin regarding the delivery of heavy tanks, President Zelensky and his government have been putting pressure on their Western allies to obtain a new type of defence, and not least, since they are combat aircraft. And in fact, since that date, not a day goes by without press articles or official statements from Kyiv claiming F-16s from the United States, Typhoons and Tornados from the British and Germans. , and Rafales and Mirages to France, without…Read the article
Are “light” fighters destined to disappear?
It is now official, the Rafale has the preference of the Colombian authorities to replace its armed fighter fleet today with Israeli Kfir fighters. Although it is not, strictly speaking, an order for 16 new aircraft, Colombia is now in exclusive negotiations with Dassault Aviation and the French authorities to give substance to it, after having publicly estimated that the Rafale was "the best option for the country in terms of price, efficiency and operability", while being 30% cheaper to use than the Kfir currently in service. With this likely success, the Rafale would exceed the number of aircraft exported for the Mirage 2000 with…Read the article
Sweden to upgrade its JAS-39 Gripen C/D fighter jets to bring them to 2035
In many ways, Sweden is a unique country when it comes to defence. With a population of only 10 million inhabitants, and a GDP of €620 billion, 25% of that of France and 15% of that of Germany, the country manages to maintain very advanced industrial capabilities in the field of defense , with in particular one of the 3 main European design offices and shipyard capable of designing modern submarines, as well as one of the few aircraft manufacturers in the world with experience in the design of combat aircraft . This is how the Drakken and then the Viggen of the Flygvapnet, the Swedish Air Force,…Read the article
There is indeed a commercial niche for a successor to the Mirage 2000
On March 10, 1978, the prototype of the Mirage 2000 took off for the first time. Intended to replace the Mirage III/V and IV of the Air Force, the aircraft was an undeniable success, both from a commercial point of view with 601 aircraft produced, half of which are dedicated to export to 8 international air forces, but also from a technological and operational point of view, the "2000" being the first aircraft to combine the performance of the Delta wing which made the success of the Mirage III , and the combination of electric flight controls and advanced high-lift devices, offering very high performance to this single-engine aircraft considered by many…Read the article
How will collaborative drones disrupt the combat aircraft market?
Since its arrival on the international combat aircraft market some fifteen years ago, Lockheed-Martin's F-35 Lighting II has largely won the lion's share of international competitions, with firm orders from no less than 14 air forces outside the United States. And the dynamic does not seem to want to dry up, with many other countries, therefore 5 European countries (Germany, Spain, Greece, Czech Republic and Romania) having announced their intention to equip themselves with it in the short or medium term. In many cases, the American aircraft has won after a competition between it and other American fighters and…Read the article
Swedish membership in NATO opens great opportunities for cooperation with France in combat aircraft
Swedish neutrality, stemming from an international position dating back to 1814, was one of the pillars of the country's international policy during the 19th and 20th centuries, allowing Stockholm to preserve peace on its territory for more than 200 years. However, the country has never neglected, during these years, its own defense and its strategic autonomy. Thus, Swedish aeronautical companies, such as ASJA and Saab, undertook from the beginning of the 30s to develop national combat aircraft, such as the Svenska Aero Jaktfalken biplane which made its first flight in 1929, or the Saab 17 dive bomber ,…Read the article
The Czech Republic ready to turn to the American F-35A
In 2004, on the sidelines of its accession to the European Union and 5 years after its accession to NATO, the Czech authorities ordered 14 JAS-39 Gripen C/D fighters from Sweden, including two two-seaters, to replace its Mig- 23 and Mig-21 inherited from the Warsaw Pact era, in the form of a 12-year leasing for an annual amount of 1,7 billion belts, or €65 million. In 2015, Prague renewed the lease for a period of 12 years, which will end in 2027. On this date, several choices are envisaged by the Czech authorities. The extension of the JAS-39 rental was quickly ruled out,…Read the article
Brazil to order additional JAS-39E Gripen NGs from Saab
These last few years have been particularly trying for the Swedish manufacturer Saab, and its new JAS-39 E/F Gripen NG fighter. After being excluded from the competition in Switzerland, the Swedish group founded important and legitimate hopes of imposing themselves for the replacement of the Finnish F/A-18s, and was in the final in the Canadian competition. Unfortunately, these three countries turned to the American F-35A. At the same time, the emerging European air forces of the Eastern countries which formed the Gripen's initial clientele in the 90s and 2000s, turned massively to the American F-16 Block 70 Viper, while even Thailand, she…Read the article
Brazil is considering a new order for 30 Gripen E/F
The year 2021 will have been a year of great disappointment for the Swedish manufacturer Saab. As in the 5 previous years, this one did not succeed in imposing its Gripen fighter, whether it was the classic JAS-39 C/D version in Croatia, which preferred 12 second-hand Rafales acquired from the France, than its Gripen NG or JAS-39 E/F with its Finnish neighbor, who preferred the F-35A despite a very attractive and ambitious offer from Stockholm. To date, and apart from the Gripen NG orders for Flygvaptnet, the Swedish Air Force, and the 36 Gripen NGs ordered by Brazil in 2014,…Read the article