The express tour undertaken by President Volodymyr Zelensky in Europe, which has just ended, did not give rise to the spectacular announcements as certain commentators expected, nor, moreover, did his visit to Washington a few weeks had given rise to immediate announcements. However, and as was the case in the United States, it is a safe bet that the Ukrainian head of state and his British, French and German counterparts took advantage of these face-to-face meetings to prepare for the continuation of aid. European military and economic towards Kyiv. Among the topics discussed, the question of the supply of armored vehicles and…Read the article
On the strength of its operational and commercial success, can the CAESAR principle be applied?
Of all the military equipment that has enjoyed fame in Ukraine, the CAESAR 155 mm truck artillery system, designed and built by the French company Nexter, is unquestionably one of those that has met with the greatest operational success. and which has consolidated its commercial success as a result. According to Ukrainian information, the 18 Caesars sent by France to Ukraine from the month of May would indeed have destroyed hundreds of Russian weapons and positions, of 180 different types of equipment. At the same time, it seems that only one CAESAR would have been destroyed in combat, although most…Read the article
France announces the dispatch of 12 additional CAESARs to Ukraine
In an interview given to Europe1 radio, the Minister of the Armed Forces, Sebastien Lecornu, announced that France was going to send 12 new CAESAR artillery systems to Ukraine, while several tens of millions of euros will be released to maintain and renovate the CAESAR systems already in service within the armies of Kyiv, and which have been intensively used since their arrival in April 2022 (12 copies), then at the end of June (6 copies). The new systems are financed by the $200 million fund set up by Paris to allow the Ukrainian armies to order defense equipment from…Read the article
Will South Korean tanks prevail in European armies?
Following in-depth consultation with France and the Nexter group, the Danish authorities announced on January 19 that they would transfer their entire fleet of CAESAR motorized guns, i.e. 19 8×8 systems heavier and better armored than the models in service within the Army as well as in Ukraine, in order to reinforce the defensive capacities of Kyiv. This announcement, rightly welcomed by the Ukrainian armies, given the performance of the system, is part of an unprecedented dynamic of European countries to support their ally, Sweden having promised 50 CV90 infantry combat vehicles and a number…Read the article
Should we urgently launch a production capacity of the KNDS E-MBT tank against Russia?
The war in Ukraine has, since its start at the end of February 2022, not only demonstrated that high, even very high intensity combat, that is to say a confrontation between two belligerents armed with the full panoply of modern military weapons, could again arise in Europe, but that, against all odds, such a conflict could last, and even last a very long time. The many lessons learned from this war have been influencing for several months the planning of Western armies, and European ones in particular, with a renewed interest in artillery systems, tanks and all heavy systems, but also vis-à-vis screw drones, vagrant ammunition, anti-aircraft systems and…Read the article
Colombia announces the failure of the Rafale contract... and the order of CAESAR guns for $101 million
Update: Bis Repetita. Only a few hours after announcing the order of CAESAR from Nexter, the Colombian authorities backtracked, to confirm the order of 18 ATMOS systems from the Israeli Elbit instead. According to Bogota, Nexter had refused to waive the 12% increase in its prices vis-à-vis the initial quotation, while Elbit agreed to waive this increase. Like the Rafale, the CAESAR came out on top in the evaluations carried out by the Colombian armies. Obviously, the announcement made by the Colombian president two weeks ago regarding an upcoming order for 16 Rafale aircraft by…Read the article
SCAF, MGCS: Franco-German cooperation restarts on good foundations against a background of concern
For nearly a year, the two flagship programs of Franco-German defense industrial cooperation, the Future Air Combat System to replace the Rafale and Typhoon, and the Main Ground Combat System to replace the Leclerc and Leopard 2 tanks, encountered immense difficulties around sharing and industrial cooperation between French players, Dassault aviation and Nexter, and their German counterparts, Airbus DS and Rheinmetall, putting both initiatives on hold. After many months of arm wrestling and tense declarations, no agreement seemed in sight at the beginning of September, with everyone sticking to their positions, and…Read the article
With the RapidFire, the French Navy finally has its CIWS close protection system
From the middle of the 60s, the new Soviet combat ships were equipped with close protection systems AK-630, a 30mm hexatube cannon with radar guidance intended to intercept combat planes, helicopters and anti-ship missiles threatening the building, and having overcome its long and medium range defense provided by surface-to-air missiles and naval artillery. About fifteen years later, the US Navy began to deploy the now famous Phalanx system on its new buildings, a 20 mm gun also hexatube capable of very high rates of fire beyond 4000 rounds per minute, to intercept the threats…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
SCAF, MGCS: Politics regains control of Franco-German defense industrial cooperation
“Many things have been said or written in recent weeks, I think that with one sentence, we will cut it short by saying that the SCAF is a priority project. […] It is awaited as much by Berlin as by Paris and this project will be done, we cannot be more direct” In a single sentence, the French Minister of the Armed Forces, Sebastien Lecornu, cut short all speculation concerning the future of the new generation combat aircraft program undertaken by Paris, Berlin and Madrid. And to add “We need to think about what will be the fighter aviation of the future, since we…Read the article