The European Union deploys a cyber rapid reaction team to protect Ukraine

About ten days ago, several ministerial sites and the 3 most important Ukrainian banks were targeted by a massive cyber attack of the denial of access type, or DDOS. For nearly 24 hours, the communication capacities and services of these structures were thus paralyzed by this attack, the origin of which was attributed to groups of Russian hackers. In the current context of extreme tensions, the capacity for the Ukrainian authorities to maintain functional communication channels with the population and to maintain active banking services for the population, is as decisive as the operational military responses of its…

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The European Commission wants to abolish VAT for European defense programs

For several years, the European authorities have made significant efforts to stimulate European cooperation in the area of ​​defense programmes. The initial observation was that in 2000, the European armies implemented more than a dozen different models of combat aircraft and nearly a hundred models of armored vehicles, many of which were produced and maintained outside the borders of Europe. 'Union. It was therefore a question of finding approaches in order to rationalize the equipment of the European armies, to secure the production and maintenance chains, and to stimulate European strategic autonomy in this field. Among the solutions implemented, we find the Permanent Structured Cooperation, or…

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Berlin would be interested in the American AH-64E Apache helicopter .. since 2019!

For the past few months, the Tiger 3 program, bringing together France, Spain and Germany in the framework of permanent structured cooperation, or PESCO, since November 2019, has been meeting strong headwinds, with Berlin proving more and more difficult to convince to invest in the modernization of the European combat helicopter. Indeed, according to the Bundeswehr, the device would be particularly difficult to maintain in operational condition, and would offer insufficient availability in view of the needs. Without ever questioning their own maintenance procedures and the role of the size of the fleet in the subject, Germany seemed, since then, to be more and more openly interested in the helicopter...

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The new ambitions of European Structured Permanent Cooperation

The Permanent Structured European Cooperation, or PESCO, is undeniably one of the major advances obtained in the field of Defense within the European Union. Launched in December 2017, it allows European industrialists and political actors to cooperate to develop new programs, whether purely technological or industrial, with the aim of avoiding the multiplication of similar programs within the European Union, and therefore expenditure deemed irrelevant because it is redundant between members. The first list of projects was presented on March 6, 2018, and focused above all on support programs, in the field of training, simulation,…

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Greece, Belgium .. These countries which show the way for Defense Europe

Since the resurgence of the concept of European defense following the election of President Macron in 2017 and the start of an active but oh so chaotic cooperation with Berlin, the progress recorded in the field has been mixed. At the European level, there is now no longer any doubt that the Permanent Structured Cooperation, or PESCO, represents an effective format for supporting this European cooperation, and the latest version of projects presented on November 16, 2021, marks in this respect a clear shift towards technological and industrial cooperation focused on operational objectives and shortened schedules, in accordance with the needs of the armies. In the field…

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China and Russia validate the movement of troops by rail between the 2 countries

If the People's Republic of China and Russia are not, strictly speaking, allies, in the sense that there is no formal agreement of mutual and systematic support in the event of aggression by one or the other, their strategic, political and economic positions have come considerably closer in recent years, in a common front against the West and the United States which satisfies both Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping. Washington must, in fact, deal simultaneously with two military powers in rapid development, without being able, as was the case with the Warsaw Pact, to aggregate them into a single entity to structure and size its own military power.…

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The French Army reveals its ambitions with the TITAN program

The French Army and the Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA) published this week a video animation presenting the main lines of development in progress and to come for the air-land combat of the French armies. If today all eyes, and the vast majority of credits, are focused on the renewal of the "median" segment, namely light and medium armored vehicles, the most likely to be deployed in external operations, within the framework of the program SCORPION, the renewal of the heavy component of the forces is now planned within a new program called TITAN. TITAN is not, in itself, really a…

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Germany joins European anti-missile defense program TWISTER

Announced just a year ago, the TWISTER program, for Timely Warning and Interception with Space-based Theater surveillance, is undoubtedly the most ambitious European program developed within the framework of the permanent structured cooperation, or PESCO, of the European Union. Led by France, the program brought together at its launch Finland, Italy, the Netherlands and Portugal, with the aim of developing a European anti-missile system capable of intercepting new threats, including hypersonic missiles and atmospheric gliders, today beyond the reach of existing anti-missile systems. Berlin was not actively participating in the program, having only observer status and by…

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the European Union protects PESCO from American ambitions

It is well known that the European Structured Permanent Cooperation Program, or PESCO, which allows European countries to design and finance cooperative Defense programs when they host at least 3 members of the Union, was attracted the wrath of the American administration, which considered that American companies should also have the right to participate in these programs. And President Trump, like the Under-Secretary for Military Acquisitions, Ellen Lord, had on several occasions threatened the European Union with sanctions if it did not give in to his demands, relying in this on NATO, always conciliatory with Washington. The situation was all the more…

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Italy offers Poland joint design of European heavy tank

Both Rome and Warsaw have expressed their interest to Germany and France in the new generation MGCS battle tank program in recent months. However, the Franco-German couple seems, in both cases, not to have given a favorable response to these approaches, any more than to Rome's request to integrate the MGCS program into the framework of European permanent structured cooperation, or PESCO. Therefore, it is hardly surprising to discover that Italy has offered Poland the common design of a new heavy combat tank, and to open access to it to other European partners, such as the Spain. According to the website…

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