The next French military programming law, which will cover the period 2024 to 2030, promises to be ambitious, with a defense effort brought to more than 2,25% of GDP, and an increase of nearly 35% in the budget allocation. to armies. However, in the opinion of many analysts and former senior and general officers, it will not make it possible to remedy certain critical shortcomings of the armed forces, particularly in terms of format. This will be the case for the Air and Space Force fighter fleet, which will certainly experience an increase in power with the delivery of 80 Rafale aircraft over this period, reinforcing…Read the article
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Why giving fighter jets to Ukraine is more complicated than it seems?
For several weeks, the very day after the agreement given by Washington and Berlin regarding the delivery of heavy tanks, President Zelensky and his government have been putting pressure on their Western allies to obtain a new type of defence, and not least, since they are combat aircraft. And in fact, since that date, not a day goes by without press articles or official statements from Kyiv claiming F-16s from the United States, Typhoons and Tornados from the British and Germans. , and Rafales and Mirages to France, without…Read the article
Jakarta frees up $3,9 billion for a new batch of Rafale and second-hand Mirage 2000s
Obviously, the Indonesian authorities seem convinced by the French combat planes! Indeed, after having signed, in February 2022, a letter of intent to order 42 Rafale aircraft from Dassault Aviation, then having paid, in September, the first installment for 6 of these aircraft, Jakarta has just obtained from the Ministry of Finance a line of credit of $3,9 billion to acquire a second batch of Rafale, between 12 and 18 aircraft, as well as the 18 Qatari Mirage 2000 EDA and DDA as an intermediate solution pending the arrival of more modern aircraft . This is, of course, great news for the aviation industry and…Read the article
China's harassment of Taiwan has escalated significantly
For 3 years, demonstrations of force on the part of Beijing towards its Taiwanese neighbor have become commonplace, in particular when it has come to ostentatiously show the displeasure of the Chinese authorities vis-à-vis certain Taiwanese initiatives. or the United States, such as the sale of military equipment or the visit of American officials. But for 6 months now, things have become noticeably tense between Taipei and Beijing, and the demonstrations of Chinese forces have largely gained in intensity and regularity. This November 7 marks a new stage in this increase in tensions, the People's Liberation Army having deployed no less than 63…Read the article
There is indeed a commercial niche for a successor to the Mirage 2000
On March 10, 1978, the prototype of the Mirage 2000 took off for the first time. Intended to replace the Mirage III/V and IV of the Air Force, the aircraft was an undeniable success, both from a commercial point of view with 601 aircraft produced, half of which are dedicated to export to 8 international air forces, but also from a technological and operational point of view, the "2000" being the first aircraft to combine the performance of the Delta wing which made the success of the Mirage III , and the combination of electric flight controls and advanced high-lift devices, offering very high performance to this single-engine aircraft considered by many…Read the article
4 arguments in favor of the development of a new French Mirage fighter
Whether or not it comes to an end, the SCAF next-generation combat aircraft program bringing together Germany, Spain and France will not see the light of day before the end of the 2040s, and probably even at the beginning. of the 2050s, by the admission of Eric Trappier, CEO of Dassault Aviation. It must be said that for the French aircraft manufacturer, but also for its German counterpart Airbus DS, this new date is far from lacking in meaning. It is indeed in 2050 that the replacement of a majority of the Rafale and Typhoon, but also of the F-35A sold recently, will begin to be considered. However, the SCAF Next Generation Fighter…Read the article
LPM 2023: 5 capability opportunities to prepare the French armies for High Intensity
The series of articles devoted to the 2023 Military Programming Law is coming to an end. We have so far addressed many subjects, whether strategic, such as the future of the global army format inherited from General de Gaulle, or purely technical subjects, such as the advisability of providing the French Navy with sub- conventionally powered sailors alongside its SNAs. If these articles made it possible to present in a relatively exhaustive way the stakes but also the constraints which will apply to this LPM, the last two articles which will conclude this series, treat, for their part, of potential Quickwin, capacities on the one hand, technological on the other, likely to provide…Read the article
LPM 2023: a trajectory already mapped out for the Air and Space Force?
During the 2000s and until 2015, the French Air Force, which has since become the Air and Space Force, was largely privileged, and sometimes envied, vis-à-vis the other armies. In fact, it captured, on its own, almost half of the credits for equipment devoted to Programs with major effects, forcing both the Army and the Navy to review some of their programs by reducing their volumes and spreading out the calendars. This situation was not so much due to government preference or a form of lobbying, as to strong industrial constraints. Indeed, it was then necessary in order to maintain in activity…Read the article
Will the Rafale be the heir to the Mirage III for the future of the French aeronautical industry?
Fast, agile, powerful and well-armed, the Mirage III is unquestionably a legend in military fighter aviation around the world. In the hands of Israeli pilots, Dassault Aviation's single-engine delta-wing fighter prevailed against Arab MiGs and Hunters during the Six-Day and Yom Kippur wars, and played a decisive role in the Jewish state's victory in the these two conflicts, adorning the aircraft with an aura of efficiency and performance that built its export success with 1400 aircraft built (Mirage III and V), and which imposed Dassault Aviation's fighters on the international market during several decades.…Read the article
Does Franco-German cooperation around FCAS worry the countries of the Middle East?
The Persian Gulf countries, and their allies in the Middle East, have been loyal customers of the French defense industry for several decades, and in particular for Dassault Aviation's combat aircraft. Thus, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and its ally, Egypt, have between them ordered 170 Rafale aircraft, i.e. nearly 60% of the exports recorded to date for this aircraft, after having ordered 100 Mirage 2000, i.e. 35% of exports for this model. Further upstream, Iraq had been Dassault's largest customer for its Mirage F1 after the Air Force, and Egypt the...Read the article