Does the Euro-fundamentalism of the Ministry of the Armed Forces harm the equipment capacities of the Armies?

For nearly a decade, the Ministry of Defense, which has become the Ministry of the Armed Forces, and the Directorate General for Armaments, which oversees all industrial programs for the Armed Forces, have almost systematically given preference to a European vision of Defense programs. . Thus, during his last hearing, the General Delegate for Armaments, Joel Barre, ruled out the possibility of giving preference to Dassault Aviation's Falcon X for the replacement of the Atlantic 2 of Patrouille Maritime, if the MAWS program were to have to be done without Germany (which has just ordered 5 American P-8A Poseidons to replace its oldest P-3Cs), arguing that it…

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The hypothesis of the Dassault Falcon 10X for the French Patmar is more than attractive

During his hearing before the Defense Committee of the National Assembly, Joëlle Barre, the General Delegate for Armaments, indicated that following the order of 5 P8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft from Boeing by Germany to replace some of its exhausted P3C Orions, France should reassess its participation in the Franco-German Maritime Airborne Warfare System program, or MAWS, which was supposed to allow the two countries to replace their maritime patrol aircraft Atlantique 2 and Orion by 2035, based on cooperation between Airbus and Thales. And according to the site latribune.fr,…

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Why does European cooperation fail so often?

In July 2017, in the midst of a trench war between Washington and Berlin on defense issues and the balance of trade, Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel announced the launch of vast Franco-German industrial cooperation in the field of defence, with no less than 4 major programs, the Future Air Combat System or SCAF intended to replace the French Rafale and German Typhoon, the Main Ground Combat System or MGCS intended to replace the Leclerc and Leopard 2 heavy tanks, the Maritime Airborne Warfare System or MAWS to replace the Atlantic 2 and P3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft, and the Common Indirect Fire…

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Unsurprisingly, Berlin is getting closer to the acquisition of American P8A Poseidon

Asked by a parliamentarian about the replacement of the P3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft still in service with the German forces, the representative of the Ministry of Defense to the Bundestag, Thomas Silberhorn, declared that the Ministry did not consider the French offer relating to an interim solution based on the loan of 4 Atlantique 2 aircraft from the French Navy as a solution adapted to the needs of the German armed forces in this area, while the acquisition of 5 Boeing P8A Poseidon meets the operational expectations of the State -German Major. According to him, the negotiations for the acquisition of these devices, a contract evaluated by the…

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France offers the loan of 4 Avions Atlantique 2 to Germany as a waiting solution

This one, it is unlikely that the Germans saw it coming! We will not return to the most complex situation which currently opposes France and Germany on the subject of the various defense cooperation programs launched simultaneously with the arrival of President Macron at the Elysée Palace, while relations between Berlin and Washington was at its worst with Donald Trump's repeated attacks against Berlin's lack of eagerness to invest in its defense and to acquire equipment made in the USA. Since the arrival of Joe Biden at the White House, the situation has however changed a lot for Berlin, which…

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Can France develop its defense programs without Germany?

In recent months, not a week goes by without new information questioning Germany's desire to persevere in the ambitious cooperation in defense programs launched 4 years ago by President Macron and Chancellor Merkel, on the altar of tensions between the United States and the Europeans, in particular Germany, consequences of President Trump's intransigence on issues of sharing the Defense effort. If over the past two years, Berlin's demands could still appear to be linked to a different conception of the defense effort, the thunderous exit from the…

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The Franco-German CIFS Artillery Program could be postponed

When he came to power, Emmanuel Macron launched 4 major cooperation programs between France and Germany in the field of defense equipment, with the aim of giving rise to a dynamic that would ultimately lead to the emergence of real European strategic autonomy. While Franco-German collaborations in this field had been almost at a standstill for nearly 30 years despite numerous requests from Paris, Berlin gave a favorable welcome to this French initiative, it is in fact largely spurred on by the President Trump's hostile attitude to NATO and very critical of Germany's lack of investment in…

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German Orion P-3C withdrawal: a threat to the Franco-German MAWS program

As we learn from Naval News, always extremely well informed on naval matters, the German Ministry of Defense has just announced that it is ending the modernization program for the eight P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft in service in the German navy. Considered to be too costly and too risky, this modernization program should quickly give way to the acquisition of new maritime patrol aircraft. The decision to withdraw the Orions in 2025 at the latest, rather than from 2035, could however have very serious consequences on the MAWS (Maritime Airborne Warfare System) program jointly conducted by France and Germany. In…

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Franco-German military projects: between advances and blockages

For more than ten years, France has been looking for a lasting European partner for its military collaboration projects, both operational and industrial. This began in 2010 with the Lancaster House Accords then, following the failure of a first Franco-British SCAF program, a political and industrial rapprochement between Paris and Berlin. Industrial distributions and political deadlocks In terms of military needs, the rapprochement between France and Germany very quickly became evident. Three major topics have thus emerged: SCAF: the future air combat system to replace the Rafale and Eurofighter fighters MGCS (Main Ground Combat System): replacement of the Leclerc tanks (France) and…

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Will visual observation capabilities really be at the heart of the future maritime patrol aircraft?

In 2018, France and Germany signed a letter of intent to cooperate on the development of a new maritime patrol aircraft (PATMAR) to replace the current aircraft by 2035, the MAWS (Maritime Airborne Warfare System ). In the meantime, France will be able to count on 18 venerable ATL2, or Altantique 2, currently being renovated and always ready to ensure the safety of French naval and land operations, anywhere in the world. Last November, an article by frigate captain Molina published in the Revue de Défense Nationale drew up a composite portrait of what this PATMAR aircraft of the future could be. The model that…

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