How will the war in Ukraine transform strategic planning in Europe?

Just 3 weeks ago, very few in the West believed that Russia was indeed going to wage a global war of aggression on Ukraine. For many, the deployment of Russian force around Ukraine was intended to make President Zelensky bend over his NATO membership and the status of the breakaway republics of Donbass. For the best informed, like the General Staff of the French Armies, and as we discussed in an article of February 23, the military and political risks associated with such an offensive did not outweigh the potential benefits, so that such a decision appeared irrational and therefore little…

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British Mosquito Combat Drone Demonstrator to fly in 2023

For several years, the French and Germans viewed the British FCAS program, which includes among other things the new generation fighter Tempest, as an outsider to the SCAF program, even as a burst of pride from politicians across the Channel following Brexit. Today, it is clear that this program is advancing rapidly, and much more serenely than the "European" program, and that its ambitions are far from being so limited that one could hear it say there is no only a few months yet. In addition to the significant effort made by the British authorities to support this programme, with an annual budget set at £2bn by the new Strategic Review…

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Likely arrival of Greens in German government threatens SCAF program

For several months, military industrial cooperation programs between France and Germany have been in difficulty, not to say frankly threatened. Whether it is a repositioning of the German authorities in favor of the transatlantic link following the election of Joe Biden, excessive and unbalanced industrial ambitions between the actors, or differences in the operational expectations of the armies of the two countries , the tensions between Paris and Berlin are increasing, creating in the process a growing hostility of public opinion vis-à-vis these programs, and this on both sides of the Rhine. As if that weren't enough, a Damocles Sword has now materialized above...

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Britain launches development of its own "Loyal Wingman"

The principle of the allied drone, an autonomous device but controlled by a piloted combat aircraft with which it would act in concert, seems to have imposed itself in the majority of the major aeronautical nations in a few years. In the United States, it is the Skyborg program, and in particular the XQ-48 Valkyrie drone. In Europe, it is the “Remote Carrier” program, belonging to the SCAF program bringing together Germany, Spain and France. In Australia, it is the “Loyal Wingman” program, designed with the cooperation of Boeing. Even Russia, despite the Okhotnik-B program, announced the development of its own program of this type. Either way, it's…

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Summary 2020: Major technological advances in Defense in 2020

If 2020 will go down in history as the year of the great Covid-19 Pandemic, it will also be, with regard to Defense technologies, a pivotal year marking the transition between the technological vision inherited from the Cold War which had changed little in these 30 years, and the technological breakthrough approaches underway in many armed forces, and in many research laboratories. Among these many and varied advances, some deserve special attention. 1- Hypersonic Weapons Hypersonic weapons have been at the heart of the concerns of the vast majority of the great technological nations. The subject is not new, since the hypersonic missile Kh47m2…

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The 5 criteria that make the Rafale the favorite in India

The arrival of the first 5 Rafale combat aircraft on the Indian base of Ambala at the end of July caused a media frenzy both in India and in the world, giving the French fighter a welcome aura to confront other European aircraft. , Americans and Russians, in the upcoming Indian competitions. Remember that the Dassault Aviation aircraft is present in the MMRCA 2 competition involving 114 aircraft against the European Typhoon and JAS 39 Gripen E/F, the Russian Mig35 and probably the Su-35, and the F16V (identified F21 in this competition ) and American F15EX, as well as in the competition wearing…

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Airbus DS tests communication technology with the future Remote Carriers of the SCAF program

It was during the German exercise Timber Express that Airbus Defense & Space experimented with virtual communication between a Luftwaffe Typhoon and a Remote Carrier, the light combat drone that will be a key component of the SCAF program. generation combat aircraft carried out in cooperation by Germany, France and Spain. Not only was the demonstration made that the connection could be integrated into a flow consisting of multiple data communication, but that it could be integrated into all devices with digital communication, without modification. In addition, the communication, which uses the CANDL protocol, can be integrated into the principle…

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Will the Remote Carrier drone from the SCAF program be at the heart of the Rafale F5 standard?

While Dassault Aviation's Rafale combat aircraft is a robust and efficient aircraft in many areas, whether air-to-air combat, penetration at very low altitude, reconnaissance or nuclear strikes, there is an area in which the French device fully surpasses all of its competitors, scalability. Indeed, unlike the Swedish Gripen, the Eurofighter Typhoon and even the F35, the French aircraft has been modernized in successive layers up to the F3R standard, without the airframe needing to be modified. And the first Rafale F1 which equipped the 12F flotilla of the French naval aeronautics in 2001 for…

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US Air Force could turn transport planes into bombers, and more

Last week, the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and the Air Force Special Operations Command jointly revealed that they had carried out several cruise missile drop tests from the rear ramps of C-130 Hercules cargo planes between January and February. and C-17 Globemaster III. These tests are part of the long series of US Air Force programs aimed at providing its transport aircraft with a secondary precision bombing capability. For this flight test campaign, the US Air Force would have used demonstrators of at least one new type of armament, the CLEAVER (Cargo Launch Expendable Air Vehicles with Extended Range – Vehicles…

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The US Army will renew and extend its range of drones with the FVL program

The Futur Vertical Lift program is one of the 6 main pillars of the BIG 6 super program which should allow the US Army to maintain a technological and operational advantage over all its adversaries in the next 20 to 30 years. For the time being, two components have received media attention in this program intended to rethink the airborne component of the US Army, the FARA program (Futur Attack and Reconnaissance Aircraft) and the FLRAA program (Future Long Range Assault Aircraft), intended to replace the OH-58 Kiowa and UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters in their respective missions. But the FVL program has another mission, much less publicized,…

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