Unsurprisingly, Berlin is getting closer to the acquisition of American P8A Poseidon

Asked by a parliamentarian about the replacement of the P3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft still in service with the German forces, the representative of the Ministry of Defense to the Bundestag, Thomas Silberhorn, declared that the Ministry did not consider the French offer relating to an interim solution based on the loan of 4 Atlantique 2 aircraft from the French Navy as a solution adapted to the needs of the German armed forces in this area, while the acquisition of 5 Boeing P8A Poseidon meets the operational expectations of the State -German Major. According to him, the negotiations for the acquisition of these devices, a contract evaluated by the…

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US Navy Validates Many Aspects of Drone Cooperation During Exercise UxS IBP

The US Navy expected a lot from the exercise Pacific Fleet Unmanned Systems Integrated Battle Problem 21, or UxS IBP, which was the first full-scale experiment concerning the use of drones and manned ships and aircraft in the naval field. We now know more about the nature of the exercises that have been carried out, and about the results, which seem very promising, obtained, and this in various fields ranging from the firing of anti-ship missiles beyond the horizon to the deployment from a swarm of anti-ship drones, to a simulation of submarine hunting. The results obtained will allow Admiral Gilday, Chief of Naval Operations of the US…

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Norway gives access to the United States to certain air and naval bases

With the military reinforcement of the Russian Northern Fleet, which has recently become a military district on its own, the needs for surveillance and defense along the Arctic sea route around Norway have increased considerably in recent years. to return to levels known during the Cold War. In addition, Moscow has made significant efforts to increase its military presence in the Arctic, both to protect the deployment of its fleet of nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines which, a few weeks ago, by conducting a simultaneous fire exercise led by…

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France offers the loan of 4 Avions Atlantique 2 to Germany as a waiting solution

This one, it is unlikely that the Germans saw it coming! We will not return to the most complex situation which currently opposes France and Germany on the subject of the various defense cooperation programs launched simultaneously with the arrival of President Macron at the Elysée Palace, while relations between Berlin and Washington was at its worst with Donald Trump's repeated attacks against Berlin's lack of eagerness to invest in its defense and to acquire equipment made in the USA. Since the arrival of Joe Biden at the White House, the situation has however changed a lot for Berlin, which…

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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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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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Despite withdrawal agreement, China, India strengthen their positions in the Himalayas

The noise of boots is starting to become deafening in this year 2020, as regional and international crises are rapidly growing, and potentially major armed conflicts are emerging. And if the Sino-Indian tensions on the Himalayan plateaus of Ladakh do not hit the headlines of the European media, they nevertheless represent the premises of a conflict between the two largest nations in the world from a demographic point of view, moreover both have nuclear weapons. Such a confrontation would, without a doubt, have incalculable consequences on the world economy… Obviously, faced with the resumption of the European football cup….…

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India launches acquisition of 6 additional Boeing P8i Poseidon

The growing tensions between Beijing and New Delhi are obviously taken very seriously by the Indian authorities, which are increasing the procedures for acquiring defense equipment, sometimes in emergency procedures, from its international partners. This is particularly the case of the United States, to which New Delhi has just notified a request for offer (RFP for Request for Price) concerning 6 new P8i Maritime patrol aircraft, in addition to the 8 already in service and the 4 copies ordered in 2016. The contract is estimated at $1,8 billion. Initially, the order was to be for 10 additional aircraft, as announced last year by the Indian Defense Committee. Corn…

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German Orion P-3C withdrawal: a threat to the Franco-German MAWS program

As we learn from Naval News, always extremely well informed on naval matters, the German Ministry of Defense has just announced that it is ending the modernization program for the eight P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft in service in the German navy. Considered to be too costly and too risky, this modernization program should quickly give way to the acquisition of new maritime patrol aircraft. The decision to withdraw the Orions in 2025 at the latest, rather than from 2035, could however have very serious consequences on the MAWS (Maritime Airborne Warfare System) program jointly conducted by France and Germany. In…

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New Zealand will buy C-130J Super Hercules transport aircraft

The New Zealand government recently confirmed the acquisition of five C-130J Super Hercules transport aircraft from US aircraft manufacturer Lockheed Martin. Between 2024 and 2025, these five new generation aircraft will replace the five current C-130 Hercules which were delivered to New Zealand in the 1960s. For the New Zealand Air Force, this file was a priority for several years. Indeed, since the withdrawal of the A-4 Skyhawk fighters and the cancellation of the contract for the acquisition of F-16 fighters in 2000, the Royal New Zealand Air Force no longer has combat aircraft. Equipped exclusively with helicopters, transport planes, training planes and patrol planes...

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