Can Germany become the pillar of European Defense in the making?

The Russian aggression against Ukraine has shattered many certainties in Europe concerning the security reality of the old continent. The country which is today most severely affected by these changes is none other than the one which announced on February 27, barely 4 days after the start of the Russian offensive, the most radical change in its own policy, abandoning 30 years of Soft-Power and OstPolitik for spectacular measures to modernize and strengthen its armed forces, with an immediate envelope of €100 billion and an annual budget that will be increased beyond the 2% of GDP demanded by the NATO since...

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Franco-German cooperation around the SCAF program again in turmoil

Barely a year ago, the Future Air Combat System, or SCAF, which for 4 years has brought together France and Germany, later joined by Spain, and aims to develop the replacement for the French Rafale and Eurofighter German and Spanish Typhoons, faced several critical problems threatening even the continuation of the program. Whether it was the distribution of the industrial load between the industries of each country or problems concerning the intellectual property of certain technologies previously developed by Dassault Aviation, the discussions were at a standstill, until a political impulse from the Elysée Palace and the German Chancellery, which…

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Boeing pulls out all the stops to try to salvage German Super Hornet contract

As we know, after the failures in Switzerland, Finland and Canada, three countries which today use the F/A-18 Hornet, the German contract covering 30 F/A 18 E/F Super Hornets and 15 aerial warfare E/A-18G Growler to replace the Tornado dedicated to the NATO nuclear mission and the Tornado ECR of electronic warfare, has taken on a more than strategic dimension for Boeing, for which the sustainability of the chain of assembly of the device for 3 years. However, this contract is now threatened by several factors, in particular the Pentagon's firmness in not qualifying the new bomb...

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Germany wants to assess the interest of the F-35 to replace its Tornado

“Oh, What a Surprise” will say the most cynical. According to the German site Die Zeit, the new Minister of Defense Christine Lambrecht has indeed undertaken to reconsider the decision of the one who preceded her in the function, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, who had in 2020 arbitrated in favor of the acquisition of 30 Boeing F/A 18 E/F Super Hornet fighter bombers and 15 EA-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft to replace the Tornado dedicated to NATO's shared nuclear mission, and the Tornado ECR electronic warfare and suppression respectively opponent's anti-aircraft defences. According to the article, the German Minister, in agreement with the…

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F / A-18 E / F Super Hornet moves further away from Germany

When in March 2020, Berlin announced its intention to acquire 45 F/A 18 E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler combat aircraft alongside 90 new Eurofighter Typhoons to replace, among other things, the electronic warfare Tornado and those dedicated to NATO's nuclear sharing missions, the German authorities knew that it was taking a significant risk, in particular for those who, after them, will have to implement this acquisition program. Indeed, the Boeing Super Hornet, no more than the Eurofighter Typhoon, were then planned to be able to receive the new gravitational nuclear bomb used by NATO in this specific context, the B-61-Mod12 . In order to…

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Will the F-35 hypothesis reappear in Germany?

The new coalition in power in Germany yesterday published the coalition agreement which constitutes the global contract around which the Social Democrats, the Greens and the Liberals have agreed to govern the country together. The 177-page document covers many economic, social, environmental and international political aspects. Contrary to the general policy discourse presented by each new French government, this coalition agreement constitutes a firm commitment to which the coalition government has agreed and committed itself, and each paragraph, each word has been weighed in it. The defense dimension is naturally dealt with there, as is the European dimension of this…

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For the Chief of Staff of the Luftwaffe, the SCAF and Tempest programs would benefit from coming closer

There are sentences which, on their own, perfectly sum up a given situation. And when questioned by the American site Defense News, Lt General Ingo Gerhartz, Chief of Staff of the Luftwaffe, declares that he hopes that the SCAF programs which bring together Germany, France and Spain, and Tempest, piloted by Great Britain with the participation of Italy and Sweden, is coming closer, in line with statements by NATO's SACEUR a few days ago, he is only saying aloud what many German officials are thinking to themselves, namely that cooperation with Great Britain and…

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Airbus DS tests communication technology with the future Remote Carriers of the SCAF program

It was during the German exercise Timber Express that Airbus Defense & Space experimented with virtual communication between a Luftwaffe Typhoon and a Remote Carrier, the light combat drone that will be a key component of the SCAF program. generation combat aircraft carried out in cooperation by Germany, France and Spain. Not only was the demonstration made that the connection could be integrated into a flow consisting of multiple data communication, but that it could be integrated into all devices with digital communication, without modification. In addition, the communication, which uses the CANDL protocol, can be integrated into the principle…

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As expected, the F35 strikes back in Germany to replace the Tornado

At the beginning of the week, the German authorities confirmed that they wanted to acquire 60 Typhoon fighter planes as well as 30 F/A 18 E/F Super Hornets and 15 EA 18 G Growlers to replace the Luftwaffe Tornado carrying out the missions attack, electronic warfare and defense suppression, as well as nuclear strike missions within the framework of NATO. Insofar as Berlin does not intend to abandon its role or the resulting status within NATO with regard to nuclear deterrence, despite the consequent limits of the exercise from an operational point of view, its decision and the distribution...

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German Super Hornet aboard a French aircraft carrier: what if ?

A few weeks ago, information from Germany seemed to indicate that the Luftwaffe could choose to replace its last Panavia Tornado fighter-bombers with a mixed fleet of 90 new Eurofighter Typhoons and 45 Super Hornets from the American Boeing. Very quickly, the information caused the German industrialists and unions to react, who see in this purchase of the Super Hornet a loss of earnings obviously for the German aeronautical industry. The news is all the more worrying as such a purchase would weaken Germany's political and industrial investment in the European SCAF program, conducted jointly with France and Spain, and intended to give birth to the NGF, a new…

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