These 4 drifts that handicap the Western defense effort against China and Russia

While the competition between the West and the Sino-Russian bloc is becoming increasingly fierce on the international scene, numerous simulations carried out in recent years show that despite Western defense spending 6 times greater than that of the China and Russia combined, the latter are constantly increasing their relative military power, to the point of probably overtaking their competitors in the decade to come. One can naturally be tempted by trivial explanations, such as the very different labor costs between countries, or the much firmer control imposed by these regimes on their respective populations. However, these…

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The Rafale close to landing in Indonesia

The year had already started very well for the French Rafale combat aircraft, with orders for 18 aircraft for Greece and 30 new aircraft for Egypt. It could well become exceptional in the next few weeks. Indeed, the French aircraft is well positioned in several competitions: Croatia, for which France offers 12 second-hand aircraft against the American F16V and the Swedish Gripen, like Switzerland, whose call for tenders covers around forty of aircraft for which the French Rafale is opposed to the European Typhoon, as well as the American Super Hornets and F35A, must both announce their arbitrations in the…

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Will 2021 be the year of the Rafale?

In 2007, the French Minister of Defense of the Fillon government, Hervé Morin, was full of criticism and reservations about the Rafale program: too powerful, too technological, the Dassault Aviation plane was above all too expensive, while the Europe was engaged in a rapid deflation of the armed forces and especially of the budget allocated to Defence. It is true that at that time, France maintained excellent relations with Moscow as well as with Beijing, and the commitments of the French armies seemed to be limited to counter-insurgency interventions such as in Afghanistan. 14 years later, this same aircraft could well record an exceptional year in…

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Indonesia is close to an order for 48 French Rafales

The modernization of the Indonesian Air Force is a complex issue, rich in twists and turns. While Washington has just refused the sale of F35A to Jakarta, offering it instead the latest version of the F16, the Block 70 Viper, the Indonesian authorities have turned to Vienna to negotiate the purchase of the Eurofighter Typhoon block fleet 1 Austrian, which the country is in a hurry to get rid of. At the same time, Moscow hoped that the order for 13 Su-35s could be put back in the saddle, after being halted in 2018 by Jakarta over fears of being subject to American sanctions within the framework of…

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Faced with Turkish interference in Libya, Egypt could once again buy heavy weapons in France

While diplomatic and commercial relations between France and Egypt have been at their worst since January 2019, it would seem that Turkey's actions in Libya and the Mediterranean have ended up bringing Cairo and Paris closer together, annoyed by the interference of 'Ankara in the region. This is in any case what reports Michel Cabirol, of the newspaper "La Tribune", always well informed on this file. From 2013, France quickly became one of Egypt's main arms suppliers. In a few years, Paris sold Cairo two Mistral-type helicopter carriers, a FREMM frigate, four Gowind corvettes (including three built on…

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