Dassault will test the Rafale on Ski Jump to convince the Indian Navy

Dassault Aviation and Boeing have been competing in India for several years now as part of a contract to supply Indian naval air forces with 57 carrier-based fighters capable of simultaneously equipping the Indian Navy's sky jump-equipped aircraft carriers, and its future aircraft carrier which will be equipped with catapults. In this case, the French group enjoys several advantages, mainly related to the order for 36 Rafales placed in 2017 by Narendra Modi, and which provided, among other things, for the construction of a maintenance platform capable of maintaining a fleet of more than 150 combat aircraft. But there is one area where…

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India approves order for 56 Airbus C295W tactical transport aircraft

The long-awaited order having been made public in May 2015, the Indian Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) has given the green light to begin the delivery of 56 C295W tactical airlifters from Airbus Defense and Space. According to the press release, 16 aircraft will be assembled in Spain by Airbus DS and delivered within 48 months of signing the contract, while the other 40 aircraft will be assembled in India by the private group Tata, over a period of 10 years. In addition, all aircraft will be equipped with a national electronic warfare suite for…

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The new Russian fighter Checkmate would already have a first export customer

The presentation of Sukhoi's new single-engine fighter, designated Checkmate, at the MAKS 2021 show near Moscow, caused a lot of ink to flow and raised many questions. Among them, the positioning of the aircraft on the export market as well as its possible adoption by the VVS, the Russian Air Force, were the most significant in terms of the potential future of this program which obviously has great ambitions. for the aircraft manufacturer Sukhoi. Part of the veil was lifted by Yuri Slyusar, the director of the United Aircraft Corporation to which Sukhoi belongs, during an interview given to the Russian site military-news.ru and the agency of…

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The replacement of the Indian T72s is a unique opportunity for Nexter and the French Army

At the beginning of June, the Indian authorities officially relaunched the Future Ready Combat Vehicles, or FRCV, program aimed at acquiring 1700 heavy armored vehicles to replace the approximately 2200 T72 combat tanks currently in service with the country's armed forces. A request for information was sent to some 12 heavy tank manufacturers: the Russian Uralvagonzavod for the T90M and the T-14 Armata, the American General Dynamics for the M1Ax Abrams, the German Krauss-Maffei Wegman for the Leopard 2 , the South Korean Rotem for the K2, the Turkish Otokar for the Atlay, the Serbian Yugoimport for the M-84, the Ukrainian Malyshev for the T-84, the Italian Leonardo for the Ariete,…

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India bans import of 101 defense equipment, including submarines or light fighters

The announcement is surprising. Indeed, through the voice of the Minister of Defense Rajnath Singh, the Indian government has just announced the gradual ban on the import of no less than 101 major defense equipment, ranging from sniper rifles to destroyers, equipment which will be gradually banned between 2020 and 2025. According to the Indian Minister of Defense who spoke on his tweeter account, the objective is both to achieve the strategic autonomy whose need has been highlighted by the Covid19 crisis, and to stimulate the Indian economy, which is also suffering due to the economic consequences of the health crisis. The list of prohibited equipment will be…

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India to solicit leasing offers for certain defense equipment

Like many countries, India has, for many years, neglected the modernization of its armed forces, in favor of more lucrative actions from the electoral point of view, or otherwise... At the same time, Pakistan, and especially the China, followed trajectories of modernization and reinforcement of their armed forces in a particularly well mastered planning, so that today, New Delhi finds itself having to finance a very large number of Defense programs, all equally strategic. than the others. Added to this is the often chaotic management of its acquisition programs, as was the case, for example, with the MMRCA program,…

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In the midst of a crisis facing China, India decides to buy Russian fighter planes and speed up deliveries of French Rafale

In recent years, Beijing has multiplied provocations as part of a policy of fait accompli, taking advantage of the relative diplomatic apathy of the major Western powers, the United States in the lead. Regularly, the press reports on Chinese naval deployments near Taiwan or various Japanese archipelagos. Chinese interference in Hong Kong's domestic politics in violation of the 1997 handover agreements has also been in the news lately. However, in the midst of the global health crisis, it is now at the Indian border that bloody skirmishes have taken place. With dozens of dead...

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To build new submarines in India, Naval Group seeks to develop exclusive partnerships with local shipyards

According to information from the Indian newspaper The Economic Times, the French shipbuilder Naval Group is in discussion with the two Indian shipyards selected by New Delhi to build the six new Project 75i submarines. Considered as one of the two most serious candidates in this competition, Naval Group nevertheless seeks to promote exclusive relations between international manufacturers and Indian shipyards. For the French group, strong and lasting links between foreign suppliers and local manufacturers would allow the Indian Ministry of Defense to conduct its programs more quickly, at a lower cost, while ensuring a strengthening of…

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India launches the development of a new on-board combat aircraft, further complicating its prospects for modernization

India is known for the complexity and slowness of its defense aeronautical programs. In a previous file, we notably returned to the incredible soap opera MRCA, which has promised for more than twenty years to modernize the Indian air force and which could still experience several years of catastrophic delays. In such a context, the Indian Navy had rather appeared as a good student in recent years, with relevant aircraft purchases and relatively rapid deliveries, including for helicopters and maritime patrol aircraft. Unfortunately, the rapid growth of Indian naval aviation ended up dragging the Indian Navy irreparably into the political maelstroms...

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LCA Tejas light fighter is finally fully operational in the Indian Air Force

Two months ago, we mentioned the first flight of a light combat aircraft (Light Combat Aircraft) Tejas to the FOC standard, representative of aircraft to the final operational standard. Produced in India by HAL, the Tejas is a light combat aircraft whose development has experienced numerous delays and additional costs, currently limiting its operational impact within the Indian Air Force. Thus, the Indian air force has so far ordered only 40 Tejas Mk1. The first twenty are already in squadrons and operate according to an IOC standard which covers only a small part of the missions assigned to the aircraft, and which limits…

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