What is the French Navy's new Future Mine Control System?

During the Cold War, Western navies had an impressive naval mine countermeasures capability, marked in particular by the prolific Tripartite Minehunter program which enabled France, Belgium and the Netherlands to equip of 35 particularly high-performance high-tech vessels that entered service between 1981 and 1990. In 2010, as part of the Lancaster House agreements, France and Great Britain committed to jointly design the Maritime Mine Counter Measures program, or MMCM , in order to develop new underwater mine countermeasures capabilities by 2030. In France, this program was designated by…

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Franco-British ANL / Sea Venom anti-ship missile ready for service

On November 17, the General Directorate of Armaments carried out, on the test site of the Ile du Levant in the Var, the final test of the Anti-Navire Léger missile, or ANL, designated Sea Venom in Grande Britain, paving the way for his admission to service in the French Navy and the Royal Navy. This missile is one of the joint projects between France and Great Britain launched on the occasion of the Lancaster House agreements signed in 2010, with the FMAN/FMC anti-ship and cruise missile program and the war program MMCM mines, which also has just passed a decisive stage there is...

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These 5 capabilities that make the FDI Belh @ rra frigates indispensable in Greece

If the file around the order of 18 Rafale planes by Greece was negotiated in just a few weeks, the one surrounding the possible transfer of French frigates to the Hellenic Navy has been dragging on for more than a decade. The progress recorded at the beginning of the year around the acquisition of the 2 FDI Belh@rra frigates from Naval Group, in a standard identical to those ordered by the French Navy, were swept away during the summer by negotiations, it seems. it risky on the French side, having led Greece to consider other options, such as ordering new, less expensive frigates from the Netherlands or Germany. Without going into detail…

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British armies ready to dispense with Challenger 2 tanks to specialize in support

The fate of some 227 Challenger 2 heavy tanks, of which 160 are in service, and 388 Warrior infantry fighting vehicles of the British armies had been threatened for several years. It seems that today, the savings required in the face of the Covid19 crisis, as well as the developments underway in geostrategic theaters, have ended up saddled with the fate of the tanks of the first armed force in the world which implemented this type of armament. Indeed, in an article published today, the British daily "The Times", announces that the authorities of the country would be ready to mothball the entire park...

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The Franco-British ANL / Sea Venom missile from MBDA qualified for the French Navy

Since the withdrawal from service of the AS-12 missiles in the 80s, the helicopters of the French Navy no longer had the capacity to implement anti-ship missiles, with the notable exception of the Super Frelon which could implement the AM-39 Exocet missile, which also leaked and was withdrawn from service in 2010. It was to overcome this failure that the French and British agreed, in 2010, to develop a new light anti-ship missile jointly, during the agreements of Lancaster House which also focused on the development of the Future Anti-Ship Missile / Future Cruise Missile, the FCAS program of aborted combat drone, and the program of…

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Resumption of the Franco-British combat drone program FCAS

UK Under-Secretary of Defense Guto Bebb has announced the resumption of work to design and manufacture a stealth combat drone by 2030. The Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle or UCAV) was a key element of the Lancaster Accords, but following the Brexit vote, it was shelved. In addition, the British wanted details about the Franco-German new generation fighter project. The combat drone program is strategic for the French and British air forces. Based on stealth technologies different from those used by the…

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