In 2019, Singapore undertook to evaluate the F-35 in order to replace part of its 60 F-16 C / D, in the face of rising regional tensions, in particular with China. A year later, the small country ordered 4 F-35Bs, the short or vertical take-off and landing version of Lockheed-Martin's aircraft for $2,75 billion, as well as an option for 8 additional aircraft, and the set of services and infrastructures to implement this force. Today, and without much surprise, he exercised the option on the remaining 8 aircraft, so as to bring his fleet to 12 fighters. According to information provided by the authorities, deliveries…Read the article
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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
After the F-135 engine, the F-35 will also change radar with the AN/APG-85
In a synthetic way, it is common to say that a combat aircraft is none other than the association of a cell, an engine and a radar. And the devices that marked their time, such as the F4 Phantom II, the Mirage III, the Mig-21, the F-15, the F-16 or the Su-27, all respected this definition, relying on the perfect complementarity of these 3 key components. For fifteen years, Lockheed-Martin's F-35 has also been presented as the most striking aircraft of its generation, and as such has been adorned with all the virtues. However, under the leadership of the US Air Force, it seems that...Read the article
After Slovakia, Bulgaria and Romania are also turning to the F-16
If the United States and Lockheed-Martin have recorded many commercial successes in Europe and around the world in recent years with the F-35, while Austria, the Czech Republic and Spain are ready to join the 10 countries Europeans having already ordered the aircraft or entered into exclusive official negotiations with the United States on this subject, another American aircraft, designed in the early 70s, continues to be exported successfully: the F-16, too built by Lockheed-Martin. Thus, since 2018, the American single-engine fighter has been acquired by Morocco, Slovakia and Taiwan to the latest F-16V Block 70/72 standard equipped in particular with a…Read the article
Lockheed-Martin has delivered a 300 Kw high-energy laser to the US Department of Defense
Directed Energy weapons are, in the eyes of the Pentagon and the American armies, the preferred solution to respond to the evolution of aerial threats, in particular with regard to drones of all sizes and cruise missiles. As part of the Indirect Fires Protection Capability – High Energy Laser, or IFPC-HEL program, the manufacturer Lockheed-Martin has just delivered a laser with a power of 300 Kw to the Department of La Défense. This laser will take part in experiments as part of the IFPC-HEL program by the end of the year, and is the culmination of a united effort in 2019 to acquire a high-energy laser of…Read the article
For the US Air Force, it is now F-35 all!
Just 3 years ago, under the impetus of the Director of Acquisitions at the time, Dr. Will Roper, the US Air Force embarked on a very daring industrial approach, based on short and limited programs, more competition between manufacturers, as well as shortened life cycles for its flying materials. This model had also seduced the American general staff, who saw in it the means of solving its problems of relative costs concerning the implementation of a fleet of F-35 beyond 1200 units, by relying on less advanced aircraft but with more suitable performance such as the Boeing F-15EX, or…Read the article
SHIELD airborne system's high-energy laser soon ready for testing
Since the mid-60s, increasingly modern anti-aircraft defenses have continued to pose a growing threat to air forces, and to armies which, like Western forces, base most of their firepower on this component. The Vietnam War, then that of Yom Kippur, made the staffs aware of this threat, leading to the design of new aircraft designed to challenge these systems, either based on stealth like the F-117A Nighthawk, or on the low-altitude, high-speed penetration like the Tornado, the Su-24, the F-111. The Gulf War...Read the article
South Korea to order 20 more F-35As
In February 2022, Seoul received the 40th and last of the F-35As which had been ordered from Lockheed-Martin as part of the FX program aimed at modernizing its air forces in order to have a global force capable of neutralizing the nuclear threat of its northern neighbour, and which relies, among other things, also on the development of ballistic and cruise missiles capable of carrying out preventive strikes against enemy nuclear installations. Obviously, Seoul seems satisfied with the capabilities offered by the American aircraft, since the Ministry of Defense has received authorization from the regulatory authorities to order a new…Read the article
Industrial compensation around the F-35 half less than expected in Belgium
In October 2018, the Belgian authorities announced the acquisition of 34 F-35A combat aircraft from the American Lockheed-Martin to replace its fleet of F-16s, thus aligning themselves with the Dutch choice, Amsterdam having ordered in 2013 37 devices of this type, a format that will evolve to 52 devices today, and which could well continue to grow now that the Dutch authorities have undertaken to increase their defense effort to 2% of GDP. However, the decision of the Michel government in 2018, largely conditioned by the intense lobbying of NATO and the Flemish Minister of Defense Steven Vandeput, has never ceased to arouse controversy across the country,…Read the article
US Congress may authorize the export of new F-16 Block 70 Vipers to Turkey
In October 2021, the Turkish authorities had officially submitted a request to the Foreign Military Sales, or FMS, the American organization in charge of arms export files to the allies of the United States, to acquire 40 new F-16s. Block 70 Viper and 80 kits to bring its own aircraft to this much more advanced and efficient standard than the F-16 C/D Block 52 currently in service with the Turkish Air Force. If President Biden promised to do what he could to bring this request to fruition, the American Congress, which firmly controls US arms exports, had opposed it, against the background of the crisis concerning the acquisition…Read the article