With 284 aircraft ordered for export since 2015 for 7 countries, the Rafale combat aircraft, long decried including at the highest level of the State, is now considered a huge success for Dassault Aviation, coming to flirt with the export success of the Mirage 2000 and its 286 aircraft exported to 8 countries. If the orders placed over the past two years by Egypt (30 aircraft), Greece (24 aircraft including 12 offset second-hand aircraft), Croatia (12 offset second-hand aircraft), Indonesia (42 aircraft) and above all the United Arab Emirates with 80 aircraft for a record contract of €13,5 billion, ensured the sustainability and activity…Read the article
Anti-ballistic missiles: 4 essential arguments in favor of MBDA for the European EHDI program
In November 2019, Finland, Italy, the Netherlands and Portugal, led by France, joined forces within the new European Structured Permanent Cooperation, or PESCO, to design a new anti-ballistic system capable of counter emerging threats, including missiles and hypersonic gliders under the TWISTER program. A year later, Berlin decided to join the program, after the abandonment of the MEADS program by Washington. For the French MBDA and its Italian partner Aliena Aerospace, there was no doubt that the future program would be piloted by these two countries, the two companies being, with the French Thales, at the heart…Read the article
Rafale, Caesar, FDI, Scorpene…: What are these French defense equipment items that export so well today?
Order intake for French defense equipment exports reached €11,7 billion in 2021, the third best year ever recorded by this industry, while 2022 promises to be the year of all records. more than €20 billion, in particular due to the order of 80 Rafale aircraft by the United Arab Emirates for more than €14 billion. In fact, since 1950, France has evolved between 3rd and 4th place in the world ranking of arms exporters, behind the United States, the Soviet Union/Russia, and on a par with Great Britain in this area. . French exports today represent more than…Read the article
Iraq, Serbia, Colombia: The Rafale still on the offensive on export markets
2021 will have been, without a doubt, the year of the Rafale, with 188 aircraft ordered for export by Greece (18+6 units), Croatia (12 aircraft), Egypt (30 aircraft), the UAE (80 aircraft) and Indonesia (42 aircraft), in addition to the 96 Rafale previously ordered by Egypt (24 aircraft), Qatar (24+12 aircraft) and India (36 aircraft) . In doing so, the flagship of Dassault Aviation and of the entire French aeronautical industry, is approaching the export scores of its predecessor, the Mirage 2000 with 284 aircraft ordered by 7 countries, against 298 aircraft ordered by 8 countries for the 2000. However, the French aircraft manufacturer does not intend to stop…Read the article
The United Arab Emirates turns to the MICA VL NG missile for its Gowind 2500 corvettes
In November 2017, the United Arab Emirates confirmed the order for two Gowind 2500 corvettes from the French military shipbuilder Naval Group. If many of the equipment selected by Abu Dhabi were of French origin, the anti-aircraft defense was then entrusted to the American couple formed by the vertical launch system VLS Mk41 and the anti-aircraft missile ESSM Block 2, the new version of the heir to the Sea Sparrow. But according to the Naval News site, the Emirati authorities have changed their posture, to turn to the French MICA VL NG missile from the MBDA missile, a new version of the MICA VL surface-to-air missile itself derived from the very…Read the article
More details on the new Polish Mièçznick frigates
On March 4, when the media attention was entirely focused on the fighting in Ukraine, Warsaw announced the winner of the competition aimed at designing and manufacturing 3 new frigates and replacing the two OH Perry type frigates acquired second-hand from the US Navy, and who joined the Polish Navy in the early 2000s. It was the British Babcock, associated with the shipyards PGZ Stocznia Wojenna and Remontowa Shipbuilding SA, as well as Thales and MBDA, who won the competition against the Meko 300 from German Thyssenkrupp. The model chosen by Warsaw is the Arrowhead 140, on which the new frigate to come is based…Read the article
India, Indonesia: Should we change the paradigms of the Rafale program to anticipate future success?
2021 will undoubtedly have been the year of consecration for Dassault Aviation, Safran, Thales, MBDA and the some 400 French companies forming Team Rafale, with 146 firm orders for export or in compensation for used aircraft. And 2022 could well be a good year too, with two major contracts in sight, India for its Navy on the one hand, and to strengthen its air forces on the other hand in the face of the rise in Chinese and Pakistani power. , and Indonesia, which now systematically includes the Rafale in its presentations concerning the evolution of its air force. At the same time, France itself ordered…Read the article
What are the strengths and weaknesses of the French defense industry?
The French defense industry is now internationally recognized as one of the most efficient and comprehensive on the planet. From nuclear-powered submarines to combat aircraft, via reconnaissance satellites, armored vehicles and missiles, the major French defense companies are present in all niches, and as such claim the 3rd ranks defense technology exporting countries after the United States and Russia, but ahead of China, Germany and Great Britain. It represents, as such, not only the pillar of French strategic autonomy, but one of the key export industries of the…Read the article
What consequences for France if the SCAF and Tempest programs merged?
After his German counterpart Lt General Ingo Gerhartz, it is the turn of General Luca Goretti, the Chief of Staff of the Italian Air Force, to declare that, according to him, the European programs of 6th generation combat aircraft SCAF (for Future Combat Air System) which brings together Germany, Spain and France, and FCAS (for Future Combat Air System, the same acronym) which brings together Great Britain, Italy and Sweden , will be expected to merge in the more or less near future. According to the Italian general officer, given the industrial and budgetary issues, and the proximity of programs, industrial players and countries,…Read the article
Paris and London relaunch their cooperation in the field of tactical missiles
Franco-British cooperation in terms of the development of military systems has often been difficult, and punctuated by bitter failures, as was the case, for example, of the aircraft carrier project between the two countries. But when it succeeds, it often gives very high quality equipment. This was the case in the field of helicopters with the Gazelle and the Puma, in the field of combat aircraft with the Jaguar, and more recently, in the field of artillery guns with the 40mm telescoped ammunition system. But the favorite field of this cooperation has for several decades been missiles…Read the article