What solutions to increase the availability of the French Naval Air Group in the face of operational needs?

In December 2020, French President Emmanuel Macron announced the launch of a new aircraft carrier program for the French Navy. Intended to replace the nuclear aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle by 2038, this new ship, which we do not know to date whether it will include one or two buildings, will be much larger than its predecessor, with a length of 300 meters and a displacement of 70.000 tonnes, compared to 261,5 meters and 42.500 tonnes for the Charles de Gaulle, and will be powered by two K-22 nuclear reactors of 220 Megawatt each, where the two CdG K-15s only deliver 150 mW, sort of answer...

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Unprecedented naval force deployments in the Mediterranean

Despite French and European mediation attempts, tensions between Russia, Ukraine and NATO have continued to intensify in recent days. In addition to the uninterrupted deployment of new troops along the Ukrainian border in Russia, Crimea and Belarus, the Russian armies are said to have undertaken to move the powerful 2nd Guards Combined Arms Combined Army, the mainstay of the Central Military District, to the West, this contributing to the massive reinforcement noted for several days of the Russian offensive device on its western borders. To these deployments of land and air forces, are now added those of many naval units, creating an unprecedented tension since the…

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What are the strengths and weaknesses of the French Navy?

The entry into service of the new Alsace frigate, which offers enhanced anti-aircraft capabilities while retaining the anti-submarine warfare and anti-ship warfare capabilities of the Aquitaine-class FREMMs, was rightly , hailed as an important step in the effort to modernize the French Navy. Many other programs are underway to support this effort, including the FDI defense and intervention frigates, the Suffren class nuclear attack submarines, the Jacques Chevallier class tanker tankers, the future Ocean Patrollers or again the SLAM-F Mines war program, all to enter service during…

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Are aircraft carriers now too vulnerable to be useful?

Since the announcement of the launch of the French New Generation Aircraft Carrier program by the President of the Republic, many voices have been raised to question the relevance of such an investment, particularly in the face of the threat represented by, now, long-range hypersonic anti-ship missiles, such as the Russian 3M22 Tzirkon, or the Chinese DF26. According to them, and according to others, particularly in the United States, such behemoths of the seas are easily located, and therefore constitute prime targets for new enemy anti-ship missiles. However, a factual and objective analysis of the capabilities offered by aircraft carriers, as well as the reality of…

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Can France export its future NG Nuclear Aircraft Carrier?

French President Emmanuel Macron confirmed, this Tuesday, December 8, the official launch of the New Generation Nuclear Aircraft Carrier program intended to replace the Charles de Gaulle in 2038, which entered service in 2001. This announcement provides some additional information and confirmations on the choices made for this program, but it also opens up opportunities on the international scene. In this article, we will study these countries which could see in the new French program, an opportunity to strengthen their own naval air capabilities. The features announced The announcement made by the President of the Republic confirms a large number of educated guesses and…

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The program of the new aircraft carrier of the French Navy soon officially launched

Since its admission to service in May 2001, the French nuclear aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle has traveled a distance of more than 30 round the world, and spent nearly 2500 days at sea. With its air group of nearly 30 aircraft including 24 hunters Rafale, It has established itself as a major naval unit for France and for Europe, and has intervened in all the conflicts in which France has participated over this period: Afghanistan, Libya, Mali, Syria. It has undeniably demonstrated the operational and also diplomatic efficiency that such a ship represents for a country like France. So…

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The US authorizes the sale of E-2D Hawkeye radar planes for the French Navy

Last Monday, the US State Department announced that it had authorized the export of $7,5 billion worth of military equipment to several countries around the world, including Israel, Lithuania, Argentina and Indonesia. France was also concerned by this announcement, since the American government officially authorizes the French Navy to acquire, within the framework of an FMS (Foreign Military Sales) procedure, three E-2D Advanced Hawkeye radar planes. With the associated equipment, the amount of the contract could rise to $2 billion (double what had been previously announced), the price of two destroyers or an entire flotilla of Rafale M combat aircraft. the price…

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Pending the future aircraft carrier, the construction of the new BRF tankers of the French Navy begins in Saint-Nazaire

Yesterday, at the Chantiers de l'Atlantique in Saint-Nazaire, the cutting ceremony for the first sheet of one of the four future Force Supply Ships took place. These new-generation oil tankers will enable the French Navy to renew its logistics fleet, which is essential for the conduct of long-term remote operations. The total cost of the program is estimated at €1,7 billion for all four vessels. These four BRFs will form the Jacques Chevallier class, named after the naval engineer behind the first French nuclear-powered ships, and must be delivered between 2022 and 2029. They will then be the first military ships built…

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Nuclear: a strategic asset for the French armies, and not only for its deterrence

The atom, in addition to its decisive character in our low-carbon electricity mix, pulls a set of industrial sectors upwards: chemicals, IT, artificial intelligence... The relaxation of state support for the nuclear industrial sector could however have a decisive impact on our defense capabilities. In industrial matters, and particularly in a field as technical as nuclear power, losses linked to know-how can be very rapid. The delays accumulated in the construction of the Flamanville EPR also testify to the difficulties of the French nuclear industry in maintaining all the technical expertise necessary for such a work, while the last reactor built dates back…

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HMS Queen Elizabeth and Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier: two different concept of naval air combat

On April 29, the British aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth set sail from Portsmouth for a long sea trial campaign. Previously, the entire crew was tested against the coronavirus, in order to prevent the Royal Navy from knowing the same setbacks as the US Navy or the Marine Nationale. This test campaign should make it possible to qualify the aircraft carrier for its first operational deployments, now expected for next year. From 2021, therefore, the Royal Navy should once again have naval air capability, for the first time since the withdrawal of Harrier aircraft in 2010. The future of British naval aviation is therefore taking shape around its two new…

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