Serbia could turn to the Typhoon if France refuses to deliver “certain missiles”

Things are not going as well as hoped between Paris and Belgrade regarding a possible acquisition of 12 Rafale planes to replace the aging Mig-29s of the Serbian air force. If the negotiations continue with Dassault aviation and the Hotel de Brienne, it seems that the Serbian authorities are irritated by the refusal of Paris to deliver certain missiles. And to give weight to this dissatisfaction, Nebojša Stefanovi, the Serbian Defense Minister, announced on April 16 that he had started, in parallel with the negotiations with Paris, discussions with London about Typhoon fighters, specifying that the first of the two to satisfy…

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Ultra-long-range air-to-air missile race accelerates between US, China and Russia

From the early 60s, the rise of the Soviet long-range bomber fleet became a major problem for the US Air Force and US Navy. In an attempt to protect the fleet from raids by Tu-95, Tu-16 and Tu-22 bombers armed with powerful, often supersonic anti-ship missiles, the US Navy simultaneously developed two complementary weapon systems: the triptych consisting of the surface missile -air SM-2, the SPY-1 radar and the AEGIS system which equipped the Ticonderoga class cruisers and then the Arleigh Burke Destroyers to respond to the potential saturation of traditional defense systems which required a radar of…

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Great Britain conditions new order for F35B on lower maintenance costs

While the Royal Air Force's F35Bs began the aircraft's first operational missions and strikes from the aircraft carrier Queen Elizabeth II, targeting Islamic State targets in the Middle East, the Minister of La British defense, Ben Wallace, has weighted these previous statements regarding future orders for the Lockheed-Martin aircraft. According to the Conservative minister, these new orders will only come into effect once the integration of the Meteor long-range air-to-air missile has been completed and validated on board the new aircraft. Above all, he announced, on June 23, that these will only take place once the maintenance and upgrade costs…

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Greece to prepare to order 6 additional Rafale

“A combat squadron consists of 18 aircraft, but a good combat squadron has 24 aircraft”. This is how a Greek military source specific to the file presented Greece's forthcoming intention to order 6 additional Rafales from France for the 332nd Hellenic fighter squadron, which has already sent 6 pilots to Mont-de- Marsan to begin their transformation on the French aircraft. On the basis of the current contract for the acquisition of 18 Rafales to the F3R standard, including 6 new aircraft and 12 taken from the Air and Space Force fleet, Athens estimates the amount of the…

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Greece: What will change with the arrival of the Rafale

It's finally done! On Monday, January 25, the Greek authorities officially signed the order for 18 Rafale combat aircraft to the F3R standard, as well as a large batch of ammunition and parts, all for an amount of €2,5 billion. The signing of this contract has been long awaited, and confirms the partnership between Paris and Athens around defense issues, a partnership that showed its solidity during the crisis between Greece and Turkey on issues of operating hydrocarbon in the Aegean Sea last fall. But beyond this bilateral defense relationship, the arrival of the Rafale…

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Will 2021 be the year of the Rafale?

In 2007, the French Minister of Defense of the Fillon government, Hervé Morin, was full of criticism and reservations about the Rafale program: too powerful, too technological, the Dassault Aviation plane was above all too expensive, while the Europe was engaged in a rapid deflation of the armed forces and especially of the budget allocated to Defence. It is true that at that time, France maintained excellent relations with Moscow as well as with Beijing, and the commitments of the French armies seemed to be limited to counter-insurgency interventions such as in Afghanistan. 14 years later, this same aircraft could well record an exceptional year in…

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Germany orders 38 Typhoon fighters with extended performance

In March 2020, following extensive consultation to replace its Panavia Tornado fighter-bomber fleet, Germany announced an order for 30 F/A 18 E/F Super-Hornet fighters and 15 EA- 18G Growler from American Boeing, as well as 93 new Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft. But among these 93 aircraft, 33 of them were intended not to replace the Tornado in service since the beginning of the 80s, but the first Typhoon fighters acquired by the Luftwaffe in the early 2000s. This order has just been made official by Berlin, accompanied by an order for 5 wired devices for experimental purposes, for an amount…

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All Greek Rafales will be at the latest F3R standard

The French Rafale combat aircraft has known, since its entry into service in 2002 in the French Navy, several successive standards, from the F1 specialized in Air-Air combat to the first Rafale M embarked on the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, in standard F3 and F3-OAT which will see the arrival of the AESA antenna of the RBE2 radar and will give the aircraft its true status as an omnirole aircraft, capable of simultaneously carrying out Air-Air, Air-Ground and intelligence missions without having to modify their equipment or configuration. The F3R standard, which arrived in 2018, further increases the performance of the aircraft, with the TALIOS designation pod, the modernization of the SPECTRA self-defense system,…

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Indian Rafales fly over border area with China

Despite the agreements between Beijing and New Delhi signed on September 14 to reduce tension in the Himalayan region of Ladakh, nothing has so far indicated that the forces involved have, in any way whatsoever, lightened their devices. or their operational postures. On the contrary ! To respond to the latest Chinese public statements, the Indian Air Force has decided to stage its latest acquisition, the Rafale combat aircraft which, having arrived in the country less than 2 months ago, has already started flights above of this potentially explosive theatre. The speeches of the occasion having framed the signature...

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Athens announces order for 18 Rafale and Defense agreement with France

Meta-Defense readers will not be surprised, since it's been 2 weeks since we tackled the subject. On the occasion of a televised speech broadcast on Saturday September 12, the Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, confirmed the order of 18 Rafale planes from France, in a speech intended to present to the Greeks the various measures taken by the government to strengthen the country's armed forces and their ability to dissuade a possible adversary from taking action against it, Turkey, to name it. In addition to the order for French combat aircraft, the Head of State also announced the…

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