Dassault will test the Rafale on Ski Jump to convince the Indian Navy

Dassault Aviation and Boeing have been competing in India for several years now as part of a contract to supply Indian naval air forces with 57 carrier-based fighters capable of simultaneously equipping the Indian Navy's sky jump-equipped aircraft carriers, and its future aircraft carrier which will be equipped with catapults. In this case, the French group enjoys several advantages, mainly related to the order for 36 Rafales placed in 2017 by Narendra Modi, and which provided, among other things, for the construction of a maintenance platform capable of maintaining a fleet of more than 150 combat aircraft. But there is one area where…

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India approves order for 56 Airbus C295W tactical transport aircraft

The long-awaited order having been made public in May 2015, the Indian Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) has given the green light to begin the delivery of 56 C295W tactical airlifters from Airbus Defense and Space. According to the press release, 16 aircraft will be assembled in Spain by Airbus DS and delivered within 48 months of signing the contract, while the other 40 aircraft will be assembled in India by the private group Tata, over a period of 10 years. In addition, all aircraft will be equipped with a national electronic warfare suite for…

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India relaunches competition to build 4 amphibious assault ships

India's weapons programs are almost always extraordinarily complex, and quite often they fail even when a winner has been chosen, colliding with the country's technocracy. This was the case of the MMRCA program (126 Rafale) canceled in 2015, as well as the competition to acquire 6 tanker aircraft, won twice by the A330MRTT in 2006 and 2013, and twice canceled in 2010 and 2016, or the program FGFA which planned to design with Russia a replacement for the Su-30MKI on the basis of the Su-57 and which was canceled in 2018 by New Delhi. This was also the case with…

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The replacement of the Indian T72s is a unique opportunity for Nexter and the French Army

At the beginning of June, the Indian authorities officially relaunched the Future Ready Combat Vehicles, or FRCV, program aimed at acquiring 1700 heavy armored vehicles to replace the approximately 2200 T72 combat tanks currently in service with the country's armed forces. A request for information was sent to some 12 heavy tank manufacturers: the Russian Uralvagonzavod for the T90M and the T-14 Armata, the American General Dynamics for the M1Ax Abrams, the German Krauss-Maffei Wegman for the Leopard 2 , the South Korean Rotem for the K2, the Turkish Otokar for the Atlay, the Serbian Yugoimport for the M-84, the Ukrainian Malyshev for the T-84, the Italian Leonardo for the Ariete,…

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India negotiates the lease of an A330 MRTT refueling aircraft with France

Since deliveries of Rafale aircraft to India began, the aircraft assembled in Merignac have systematically made the trip by air accompanied by an Air Force A330 MRTT Phoenix tanker aircraft. The objective for Paris was twofold. On the one hand, allow long-distance delivery by reducing the number of stopovers to a minimum, and thus show the potential and reliability of the French fighter both to the authorities and to Indian public opinion, which moreover took unfeigned enthusiasm for the Rafale since the first delivery. On the other hand, it was a question of showing the Indian authorities as well as the Indian Air Force, the performance of the Rafale-A330 pair…

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Indian Navy favors 6 nuclear attack submarines over a 3rd aircraft carrier

The development of a third aircraft carrier and its on-board air group for the Indian Navy has a strong symbolic stake in the country. For New Delhi, it is a question of showing in Beijing but also in Islamabad that the Indian Navy now plays in the court of the great Navy of the High Seas, and this all the more so as this third ship must be equipped with catapults, stops, and modern combat aircraft, with the development of a new national on-board fighter, the AMCA program in sight. However, and despite all the symbolism surrounding this program, the Indian Navy has officially informed the…

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India under threat of sanctions from Biden Administration for S400 purchase

Until now, CAATSA legislation, used to sanction key defense customers of "adversaries of the United States", such as Russia, had been mainly pushed by the Trump administration to get the targeted capitals to back down. in their negotiations with Moscow. But several of them, such as Ankara, Cairo or New Delhi, openly challenged Washington by acquiring S-400 anti-aircraft systems or Russian-made Su-35 fighters. Although he was the originator of the legislation, Donald Trump never used this legislation to put a country under sanction during his presidential term. And it took the determined intervention of the American Congress…

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The French proposal for 6 used A330 MRTT seduces the Indian authorities

Has France discovered the Holy Grail of selling weapons systems? Be that as it may, after Greece and Croatia, Paris has once again taken the initiative to offer recent and modernized second-hand devices, with a very attractive price, in an attempt to establish itself on a strategic market towards India. This time it is about 6 A330 refueling aircraft having 5 to 7 years of service, to transform them into refueling version in flight multi-mission MRTT Phoenix, like those which come into service today within the French air forces. According to Hindustantimes.com, citing statements from officials and the military, this offer…

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The United States and India stand united against China

For several years, Washington has been trying to bring New Delhi back into the Western Defense sphere, in order to potentially contain Beijing's rise in military power, a rise in power that is becoming more pronounced every year. While cooperation between the two countries had so far been limited to an increase in arms contracts for India, the visit to New Delhi by the American Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, decidedly on all fronts these recent weeks, and of Marc Esper, the Secretary of Defense, made it possible to considerably advance the common front of the United States and India to contain Chinese ambitions in Asia. Traditionally unaligned since its…

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New tension between China and India in the Himalayas

The situation has once again become tense between Chinese and Indian forces in the Himalayan region of Ladakh, at the level of the demarcation zone which is the de facto border between the two countries. According to a statement issued by the Indian Ministry of Defense, Chinese forces would have started, on the night of August 19 to 30, 2020, unilaterally a movement of forces along the southern shore of Pangong Tso Lake, breaking the status- quo put in place following clashes between the military of the two countries last May. The Indian armed forces immediately also took position to reinforce…

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