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…

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UK wants more F-35Bs and A400Ms

Like most European armies, British military forces suffered the backlash of the benefits of peace at the budgetary level between the mid-90s and the 2010s. On the other hand, due to the significant British participation in the Second World War Gulf, and in the Afghanistan campaign, these quickly eroded their operational reserves, to the point of being on the verge of a global capability rupture at the start of the 2010s. maritime patrol or on-board naval air capacity, London undertook in 2012 to increase its investments, so as to reconstitute and modernize the…

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The F-35 program still faces significant delays and additional costs

In recent months, the F-35 has won in many international competitions, including in Europe Whether in Switzerland, Finland, Canada or Germany, the Lockheed-Martin device has systematically taken over on its Western counterparts, such as the American Super Hornet, or the European Rafale, Typhoon and Gripen. Paradoxically, at the same time, the Pentagon announced that it intended to reduce the number of F-35s which will be acquired by 2025, and this in a substantial way. Indeed, despite its undeniable commercial success, the device continues to face significant delays regarding the availability of the version…

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DARPA has successfully tested a second model of hypersonic cruise missile

When in March 2018, Vladimir Putin announced that the Kinzhal hypersonic airborne ballistic missile would soon enter service, all Western armed forces understood that this new technology would quickly become an operational imperative, and that in this area, they had left it to the Russia, but also to China, which the following year presented its own DF17 hypersonic missile, a far too large advance. If the Europeans, as usual, reacted with the speed of a sea cucumber, the Japanese, Australians, South Koreans and especially the United States reacted with speed and determination, quickly implementing programs aimed at acquiring as many quickly of this type of armament. Mon…

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Can the French aeronautical industry bounce back from the success of the F-35 in Europe?

At the end of last week, and as anticipated, the Finnish authorities announced that they had selected the American F-35A fighter to succeed the F-18s within its air force, at the end of the HX competition which saw once again the American fighter to the other Western models, F/A 18 E/F Super Hornet, Gripen, Rafale and Typhoon. As in Switzerland, the conclusions presented by the Finnish authorities are final, the F-35 appearing superior to other competitors in all areas, including in the area of ​​budgetary sustainability. And as in Switzerland, many voices are now being raised to restore…

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Unsurprisingly, the F-35A is given the winner of the HX competition in Finland

The HX competition, which aims to replace Finland's F-18s in the present decade, is coming to an end, and the selected aircraft should be announced in the days or weeks to come. Unlike many other recent competitions, the 5 aircraft manufacturers in the running, Boeing with its F/A 18 E/F Super Hornet, Dassault Aviation with the Rafale, Eurofighter with the Typhoon, Lockheed-Martin with the F-35A and Saab with the Gripen E/F, continued their efforts until the end of the competition, without throwing in the towel in the face of a truncated call for tenders in favor of the F-35A, as was the case in Belgium or in…

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Swiss F-35: Rising prices and falling industrial compensation

Barely 5 months after the selection of the F-35A from Lockheed-Martin to replace the F-5 and F/A 18 of the Swiss Air Force, announcements and disappointments are accumulating for manufacturers, but also for Swiss taxpayers, who will have to put their hands on the wallet much more than initially announced to acquire the 36 American combat planes. Indeed, on the occasion of the publication of the contractual data proposed by the United States in Bern within the framework of this contract, the first slippages are already apparent, and will very probably weigh heavily in the citizens' vote which is taking shape, as well as on the parliamentary inquiry…

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Boeing's Super Hornet leaves Canadian competition through the back door

For ten years, Lockheed-Martin's F-35 Lighting II has imposed itself in all the competitions in which it has participated. If the conditions of these victories are often subject to discussion, it is nonetheless true that the American apparatus, despite its weaknesses and its many faults, has always managed to convince the officials in charge of choosing, for their respective countries, the aircraft that will be the spearhead of their air force for the next 50 years. Canada will probably be no exception to the rule, since after the withdrawal of Dassault Aviation and its Rafale, then Airbus…

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US Air Force to test high-energy laser from AC-130J Ghostrider gunship

At the start of the Vietnam War, the US Air Force deployed a new concept of combat aircraft, the Gunship, initially a World War II C-47 Dakota transport oat loaded with port machine guns and intended to support forces ground infantry engaged in fierce combat against the Viet Cong adversary. Thus was born the AC-47 Spooky, which became one of the main weapons of the Air Commando Squadron. But it quickly became clear that the C-47 was too vulnerable for this mission as the intensity of the fighting increased, with no less than 19 aircraft destroyed, including 12 by enemy fire, out of the 41 aircraft...

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The F-35B, a real success but a severe handicap for the Joint Strike Fighter program

On October 3, 2021, after a year-long modernization program, the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Forces' assault helicopter carrier Izumo saw the first sight of an F-35B combat aircraft. United States Marine Corps Lightning II take off from its flight deck (main illustration photo), some 76 years after the last plane of the Empire of Japan left the deck of an aircraft carrier of the Imperial Japanese Navy. After the United States, Great Britain and Italy, it is the 4th country to implement Lockheed-Martin's American stealth fighter with vertical or short take-off and landing from an aircraft carrier, corn…

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