Poland continues to exclude European offers from its arms contracts

Since the cancellation of the Caracal helicopter contract announced in 2016 to turn to American-made helicopters, Warsaw has shown a very clear preference for American equipment, with the order of 2 anti-aircraft and anti-missile batteries Patriot PAC3 in 2018, 20 HIMARS multiple launch rocket systems, 185 Javelin anti-tank missiles and 32 F-35A fighter bombers in 2019, and more recently 250 M1A2 Abrams heavy tanks in 2021. In many cases, equivalent or even superior equipment of European invoice were proposed (Rafale/Typhoon/Gripen aircraft, MMP/EuroSpike missiles, SAMP/T Mamba system and Leopard 2A7 tanks), without being able to impose themselves against American offers.…

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For the US Army, it becomes urgent to replace the anti-aircraft systems Patriot and Stinger

Over the past 4 years, Raytheon and the US State Department have managed to convince 4 European countries to acquire the MIM-104 Patriot anti-aircraft and anti-missile system: Sweden, Romania and Poland in 2017 and 2018 , and more recently Switzerland in a competition which opposed the American system to the Franco-Italian SAMP/T. In total, there are today 6 European member countries of NATO which implement this system, to which are added Sweden and Switzerland, which are or will soon be equipped with this system. The FIM-92 Stinger portable system equips 9 European armed forces. These two systems...

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Switzerland chooses the F35 and the American Patriot

The Swiss authorities have given their verdict, and it will be the F35A which will have to equip the Swiss Air Force in order to replace the F/A 18 Hornet and the F5 Tiger II currently in service. According to the released press release, the American aircraft would have proved to be far superior to its competitors with a total of 336 points, taking the advantage over the 3 other aircraft in 3 of the 4 criteria, namely combat performance, maintenance and availability, as well as in cooperation, visibly yielding only in the area of ​​compensatory offers, which was foreseeable after the last minute offer made by Airbus DS…

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Switzerland barely keeps its hunting fleet

Despite the polls which gave a clear advantage to supporters of the modernization of the Swiss Confederation's fighter fleet, the referendum held this Sunday, September 27 nearly put an end to the hopes of the country's air force. Indeed, if the "Yes" was finally retained, it was only by a very narrow majority of 50,1%, the motion in favor having obtained only 8.670 votes more, out of 3,2 million of votes cast, that the motion against. Because of this particularly small gap, it is likely that the opponents of this measure, in the first place of which the…

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North Korea to fire 2 new ballistic missiles in Sea of ​​Japan

On Saturday March 21, both South Korean and Japanese surveillance systems detected two consecutive ballistic missile launches from North Korea. The weapons flew over 450 km and peaked at 50 km before crashing into the Sea of ​​Japan. This is the third attempt of this type since the beginning of March, even as South Korea tries to emerge, apparently successfully, from the coronavirus epidemic which had hit it hard from from mid-February. If these shots triggered official protests from regional capitals, as well as from Washington, it…

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Washington eases conditions to export Patriot missile batteries to Turkey

While the meeting between Turkish President Erdogan and EU representatives on Monday March 9 did not lead to any tangible results, for neither side, Washington seems to be stepping up its appeals to Ankara to try to bring Turkey back into rank within NATO. After having asked the Europeans to soften their positions and respond to the Turkish request to strengthen the means of air interdiction over northern Syria, a request rejected by Brussels, the American authorities are now proposing to authorize the export of Patriot systems to Ankara on the sole condition that Turkey undertakes not to…

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The United States would study the sale of Patriot missiles… to Turkey!

States have no friends, they only have interests! This phrase, borrowed by General de Gaulle from Lord Palmerston, British Prime Minister during the reign of Queen Victoria, has rarely been so appropriate as to describe relations between the United States and its "ally » Turkish. On a visit near the Syrian border, the American ambassador to Turkey, David Satterfield, indeed declared that the United States was now studying the possibility of selling Patriot anti-aircraft systems to Ankara to ensure and strengthen the defense capabilities on its southern border, in particular facing the Syrian and Russian air force, if necessary. Yes…

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Commissioning of the Aegis Ashore anti-missile system in Poland again delayed by two years

The entry into operational service of the NATO ballistic missile defense site in Poland has once again been postponed by two years. Initially scheduled for 2018, then for the course of 2020, the delivery of the Polish site of Aegis Ashore is finally no longer expected before 2022 due to difficulties related to the construction of the buildings. The Aegis Ashore system is a land-based version of the AEGIS long-range air defense system which is on board American cruisers and destroyers of the Ticonderoga and Arleigh Burke classes, as well as on certain Spanish, South Korean, Australian or even Japanese. The…

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Iranian missile accuracy would rely on Russian GLONASS system

The precision of the Iranian strikes on the Iraqi bases on January 8 surprised many specialists in the military question. According to the Israeli site DebkaFile.com, which specializes in intelligence and geopolitical issues, this precision was obtained thanks to the Russian geolocation system GLONASS, equivalent to the American GPS system. Indeed, according to several Russian sites quoting military sources, Tehran would have integrated this geolocation system into its ballistic missiles, giving them an accuracy of around 10 meters, which corresponds to the observations made on the satellite photos following the attack. . For now, both American and Israeli intelligence services cannot…

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Iranian missile strike precision debated

Iranian missile strikes on Al Asad and Idlib bases in retaliation for drone attack that claimed the life of Revolutionary Guards commander General Suleimani, authorities say no casualties American, Iraqi and even French. According to corroborating information, Tehran would have informed the Iraqi Prime Minister, Adel Abdel-Mehdi, of the imminence of the strikes two hours before they take place, as well as the targets, so as to allow the forces present to s 'remove. By doing so, Tehran created a favorable context for de-escalation, which was quickly seized upon by President Trump. If we don't…

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