The 7 main defense challenges of 2021

2020 was a year of extraordinary intensity in terms of defence, both politically and technologically. And whatever some media say, it is very likely that 2021 will be in the same vein, with increasingly intense international friction, accelerating global rearmament, and increasingly clear-cut national positions, all leading to an increase in number and intensity of crises. Certain subjects will have to be followed with great attention in the weeks and months to come, because they will very likely be able to condition the Defense issues for 2021 and the years to come. The Defense Policy…

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Barkhane: six months after the Pau Summit, what effects on the Sahelian theater?

On January 13, 2020, the Pau Summit was held to restore momentum to a demoralized and destabilized G5 Sahel under the aggressive attacks of the Armed Terrorist Groups (GAT). A few months later we observe encouraging effects on the ground, both by the pressure exerted on the GATs and by the rise in power of the Sahelian armies. At the beginning of 2020, Operation Barkhane lost its legitimacy in proportion to the losses suffered by the Sahelian armies, and criticism from French public opinion. The Pau Summit did not change the Desired Final Effect (EFR) of Operation Barkhane: hold…

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Agreement of Sweden, interest of Greece: Task Force Takuba takes shape

Announced in 2019 and officially launched in March at the instigation of France, Task Force Takuba is a European grouping of special forces intended to be deployed in Mali in order to support the local armed forces in their fight against terrorist groups. Due to be deployed before the end of summer 2020, Task Force Takuba is still in the process of refining its technical system. This task is particularly delicate in the midst of the Covid-19 epidemic, which changes the availability of men and equipment to be sent by each partner country. In recent days, however, several major advances have been made. Firstly,…

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Military powers show their muscles because of the coronavirus epidemic

The current coronavirus pandemic, which now affects the entire planet, does not seem to be stopping world affairs. On the contrary, one could even argue that the current health crisis is accelerating a number of political and diplomatic crises that have so far been dormant. While global economic activity is slowing down and the price of oil has never been so low since the early 2000s, some countries see it as an opportunity to settle some disputes with their neighbors. Still others seek to remind the world that they are on their toes through reassurance measures. All, finally, seek to...

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The European Task Force Takuba is officially created and should be deployed in Mali this summer

Since the early years of the Malian conflict, France has sought to bring its European allies on its side. Indeed, Paris regularly recalls that the security of the Sahelo-Saharan strip is a common affair, since generalized chaos in the region would lead to an upsurge in irregular immigration but also terrorist attacks perpetrated against European interests, and not only French. While several partners have deployed some troops and equipment in Mali or Niger, in particular heavy helicopters, France remains the main European nation engaged alongside the G5 Sahel countries: Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mauritania. He…

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In Niger, anti-terrorist strikes demonstrate the complementarity between Mirage 2000D and armed drone MQ-9 Reaper

In its latest weekly report, the General Staff of the Armed Forces gave details of an operation carried out on March 12 in the so-called “three borders” area, between Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso. While a Nigerian guard post was attacked by a substantial terrorist group in the Ayourou sector, the French forces of Operation Barkhane deployed significant air resources in the area. In support of the Niger Armed Forces, the Air Force sent an armed MQ-9 Reaper drone as well as a patrol of Mirage 2000D fighters. Two strikes were reportedly carried out, allowing the neutralization of around twenty terrorists and…

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Dassault Aviation would have completed testing of the CC-422 canon pod for the modernized Mirage 2000D

In July 2016, Dassault Aviation was entrusted with a major renovation program for 55 Air Force Mirage 2000D assault aircraft. Faced with the aging of the systems on board the Mirage 2000 and the staggering of deliveries of the new Rafales, such a program was deemed essential to respect the fixed format of 250 combat aircraft in the fleet (Air Force and Navy). at the end of the LPM 2019-2025. More than a simple update of the Mirages intended to make them last beyond 2030, the mid-life renovation (MLR) of the Mirage 2000D also aims to provide them with new capabilities...

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The French armed forces are today more in demand than ever

While they are barely beginning their capacity reconstruction, after 20 years of budgetary restrictions having seriously undermined their operational potential, the French armed forces are subjected, at the start of 2020, to operational pressure of an intensity never reached since. the first Gulf War, in 1991, when the French armies had twice as much equipment and men as they do today. Even with the stated ambitions of the 2-2019 Military Programming Law, this pressure, which shows no signs of easing, calls for the rapid reassessment of the means allocated to the armed forces, to be ready to face the probable scenarios of years to…

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Two French soldiers killed in hostage release operation in Burkina Fasso

On the night of May 9 to 10, French special forces, with the support of soldiers from Operation Barkhane, Burkinabe forces and US intelligence, carried out an operation to free 4 Western hostages, including two French kidnapped in Benin. on May 1, and whose body of the guide was found the next day. According to the press release from the Ministry of the Armed Forces, the operation allowed the release of the hostages, but two special forces operators, petty officers of the marine commandos, lost their lives in the offensive. The operation was carried out by elements of the Hubert commando.

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Air Force Fighters Will Have 3000 War Missions Ready for 10.000 Flight Hours in 2017

The Air Force has published its annual OPEX activity report for 2017. We learn in particular that the Rafales of Operation Chammal carried out more than 1500 war missions for 8000 flight hours and more than 400 munitions fired . The mirages 2000 of the Barkhane operation in the Saharan zone have, for their part, carried out approximately the same number of missions, for 3000 flight hours. We also learn that the 5 Reaper drones alone have completed almost 6000 flight hours for less than 400 missions. The Awacs air traffic control, KC135 in-flight refueling, and C130, C160 and…

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