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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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FDI Belh @ rra remains the most effective choice for Greece

The competition is raging in Athens as the Greek authorities announced that they would decide on the winner of the competition for the acquisition of 2+2 new frigates before the end of the summer. A few days ago, London announced that it was ready to give up 2 of its Type 23 frigates for free if Athens compromised in favor of Babcock's Arrowhead 140 model, while Fincantieri presented its offer on the basis of the FREMM Bergamini accompanied by two Maestrale class frigates, and that the Netherlands offered their two Karel Doorman class frigates alongside the Sigma 11515 HN…

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The French ARES turns to the Mirage 2000 to train the European armies

In recent years, several companies have specialized in the provision of advanced air service to armies around the world. This is particularly the case in a very specific field, that of the RedAir, namely private aircraft playing the role of hostile aircraft to train the air, naval and land forces to face this type of adversary. This phenomenon has taken on a dazzling rise in particular in the United States for 5 years, since the market, which brings together players such as Draken or Atac, has now reached its maturity threshold in a market that exceeds one billion dollars annually. It must be said that, for the armies,...

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Germany wants a European close air defense program SHORAD

Close anti-aircraft defense is undeniably one of the great vulnerabilities of modern European armies. After 30 years of asymmetrical engagements during which the air threat was non-existent or controlled by air power alone, Western armed forces gradually saw their short-range anti-aircraft systems from the Cold War, such as the Franco-French Roland German, or the British Rapier, withdrawn from service, sometimes to be replaced by short-range infantry anti-aircraft missiles such as the Mistral and the Stinger. However, if these missiles do indeed provide a timely response to engage aircraft, they do not, however, offer any advanced detection system allowing…

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