Germany wants to assess the interest of the F-35 to replace its Tornado

“Oh, What a Surprise” will say the most cynical. According to the German site Die Zeit, the new Minister of Defense Christine Lambrecht has indeed undertaken to reconsider the decision of the one who preceded her in the function, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, who had in 2020 arbitrated in favor of the acquisition of 30 Boeing F/A 18 E/F Super Hornet fighter bombers and 15 EA-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft to replace the Tornado dedicated to NATO's shared nuclear mission, and the Tornado ECR electronic warfare and suppression respectively opponent's anti-aircraft defences. According to the article, the German Minister, in agreement with the…

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NATO on the offensive against Russia and European defense aspirations

After the American debacle in Afghanistan this summer, several European leaders revived the desire to acquire, within the European Union, its own operational military capacity for intervention, complementary to the Atlantic Alliance, allowing it to act independently of the United States should the need arise. For a time, Washington and NATO did not react, or very little, to this, the image of the American ally having been tarnished. The Franco-American crisis over Australian submarines brought new arguments to the pillars of European strategic autonomy, France in the lead, the United States having clearly demonstrated that they were following a…

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Will the SCAF program survive Angela Merkel's departure?

Since its announcement a few months after the election of Emmanuel Macron as President of the French Republic in 2017, the Future Air Combat System, or SCAF, program has encountered many obstacles, to the point of being twice already on the brink of breaking. In question, deep divergences and contradictory ambitions between French, German and Spanish expectations, and above all a flagrant lack of confidence between the 3 actors of the program, and especially between France and Germany. And the statements of the German Ministry of Defense relayed by the site of the daily Der Spiegel are far from clarifying this picture...

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Why does Germany favor the strategic partnership with the United States?

In recent weeks, Franco-German relations around defense industrial cooperation programs have begun to resemble the scenario of a bad South American series, with its share of artificial twists and declarations intended to be sensational in the form of a cliffhanger. Latest events to date, the bitter observation made by French officials of the difficulties encountered in the discussions around the Tiger 3 program, with the aim of a possible acquisition of AH-64E Apache helicopters by Berlin across the Atlantic, and the deep differences which oppose the French vision of the German vision concerning the program of new generation tanks MGCS. It seems that there…

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Can France develop its defense programs without Germany?

In recent months, not a week goes by without new information questioning Germany's desire to persevere in the ambitious cooperation in defense programs launched 4 years ago by President Macron and Chancellor Merkel, on the altar of tensions between the United States and the Europeans, in particular Germany, consequences of President Trump's intransigence on issues of sharing the Defense effort. If over the past two years, Berlin's demands could still appear to be linked to a different conception of the defense effort, the thunderous exit from the…

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SCAF, MGCS: Why is Germany going too far?

Since the last virtual meeting between French President Emmanuel Macron and his German counterpart Angela Merkel last week on the subject of defense cooperation programs between France and Germany, a wind of panic seems to be blowing in France, both on the side of industrial than on the political side. The German Chancellor has indeed, on the occasion of this meeting, indicated that she intends to renegotiate once again the industrial distribution around the program of Air Combat System of the Future SCAF which brings together France, Germany and Spain. . More precisely, it now wants German industry to also develop one of the prototypes of the…

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Synthesis 2020: Black year for Defense Europe

2020 will have been marked by several crises in Europe, beyond the Covid-19 crisis, many of them linked to the ambitions of the Turkish government in the Mediterranean basin and in the Caucasus. But where in 2019, Europe was still trying to present a united front and the ambition to move towards the creation of a Europe of Defense and a European Strategic Autonomy, these crises of 2020 will have highlighted the deep differences between many European countries on this subject, and more particularly between Paris and Berlin, yet until now the driving force behind this initiative. The aftermath of the London NATO summit The start of the year was…

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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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Poland aligns with Germany in rejection of European strategic autonomy

To say that the Polish authorities are Atlanticists today is an understatement. Indeed, Warsaw has almost systematically favored the acquisition of American-designed defense equipment in recent years, while just as systematically ignoring the proposals of its European partners. During President Trump's mandate, the ties between Warsaw and Washington grew closer, to the point that the Polish authorities, in order to flatter the oversized ego of the American president, proposed to name "Fort Trump" the base where possible additional American troops on Polish soil. At the same time, the Polish authorities have always vigorously rejected European initiatives, and in particular French ones,…

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Germany is definitely turning its back on European strategic autonomy

No sooner had he arrived at the Elysée than President Macron undertook to launch, with Angela Merkel's Germany, several major defense equipment programs, in a dynamic never known until now. In turn, it was the next-generation combat aircraft program SCAF (Future Air Combat System), then the MGCS (Main Ground Combat System) combat tank program, followed by the CIFS artillery system program (Common Indirect Fire System), and very recently, the maritime patrol aircraft program MAWS (Maritime Airborne Warfare System).The stated objective of the French President was to strengthen the Franco-German couple in terms of Defense in view of…

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