Argentina is interested in the Israeli Kfir and the Sino-Pakistani JF-17 to modernize its air forces

Prior to the Falklands War, in 1983, the Argentine Air Force fielded nearly a hundred modern Dassault Mirage IIIEA, IAI Dagger (unlicensed copy of the Mirage V) and A-4B/C/P Skyhawk fighters, while the naval air forces had about twenty A-4Q Skyhawk aircraft and 6 Dassault Super-Etendards, making it one of the most powerful and best equipped air forces in South America. If the Falklands War heavily dented these numbers, with the loss of 22 Skyhawks, 11 Daggers and 2 Mirage IIIs, it was mainly Western sanctions and the consequences of repeated economic crises...

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Chinese Air Force Strengthens Positions Against India

While the unarmed clash between Indian and Chinese soldiers on the Ladakh plateau in June 2020, which resulted in the death of several dozen soldiers from both sides, did not lead to a massive military escalation between the two countries, it did bring Beijing like New Delhi to review the deployment of their forces in this highly strategic region on the borders of the Himalayas. On both sides, many heavy military forces have been deployed near this area of ​​tension, so as to be able to respond, if necessary, to an aggression in a short time. Thus, numerous observations made it possible to establish that the People's Liberation Army there…

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Russian Rostec would develop a 5th generation single-engine light fighter

The Russian Defense industry has recorded many successes in recent years on the national but above all international scene, with an average of $13,5 billion exported each year over the last 5 years. This allowed it to modernize many of its infrastructures, but also to start development work outside of a national order, even if the Russian state remains the majority and sometimes sole shareholder of most of these companies. Several specific programs have thus been launched, particularly in the field of drones and robotics. But the statements of the president of the Russian technological giant Rostec this Monday during a press conference show…

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From the F16 Viper to the JF-17 Thunder, do light fighters still have a role to play?

If Defense news today gives pride of place to heavy or medium combat aircraft, such as the F35, the Rafale or the Su35, lighter fighters continue to represent a large part of the fighter fleets in the world. Economical to buy and use, these aircraft allow countries without great means to acquire air capabilities and the largest nations to expand their fleets to be able to respond to all requests and scenarios. operational. In this article, we are going to present some of the light fighters in present or future staffing in the air forces, to know some…

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India bans import of 101 defense equipment, including submarines or light fighters

The announcement is surprising. Indeed, through the voice of the Minister of Defense Rajnath Singh, the Indian government has just announced the gradual ban on the import of no less than 101 major defense equipment, ranging from sniper rifles to destroyers, equipment which will be gradually banned between 2020 and 2025. According to the Indian Minister of Defense who spoke on his tweeter account, the objective is both to achieve the strategic autonomy whose need has been highlighted by the Covid19 crisis, and to stimulate the Indian economy, which is also suffering due to the economic consequences of the health crisis. The list of prohibited equipment will be…

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India launches the development of a new on-board combat aircraft, further complicating its prospects for modernization

India is known for the complexity and slowness of its defense aeronautical programs. In a previous file, we notably returned to the incredible soap opera MRCA, which has promised for more than twenty years to modernize the Indian air force and which could still experience several years of catastrophic delays. In such a context, the Indian Navy had rather appeared as a good student in recent years, with relevant aircraft purchases and relatively rapid deliveries, including for helicopters and maritime patrol aircraft. Unfortunately, the rapid growth of Indian naval aviation ended up dragging the Indian Navy irreparably into the political maelstroms...

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LCA Tejas light fighter is finally fully operational in the Indian Air Force

Two months ago, we mentioned the first flight of a light combat aircraft (Light Combat Aircraft) Tejas to the FOC standard, representative of aircraft to the final operational standard. Produced in India by HAL, the Tejas is a light combat aircraft whose development has experienced numerous delays and additional costs, currently limiting its operational impact within the Indian Air Force. Thus, the Indian air force has so far ordered only 40 Tejas Mk1. The first twenty are already in squadrons and operate according to an IOC standard which covers only a small part of the missions assigned to the aircraft, and which limits…

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Indian light fighter Tejas should finally be fully operational this year

It was time ! India's Tejas Mark 1 light fighter made its maiden flight yesterday in a fully operational, or FOC (Final Operational Clearance) configuration. Launched in the 1980s, the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) program was to create a light, versatile and economical combat aircraft to quickly replace the Indian Air Force's aging MiG-21s. More than 35 years later, the LCA Tejas is still very far from keeping its promises. Blame it on the chaotic development and poor management of the program by the national aircraft manufacturer HAL, which cannot keep up with the planned rates or the…

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JF-17 Block III in Pakistan vs F-21 in India: towards an opposition between light fighters?

Just a year ago, a new limited military confrontation opposed India and Pakistan in the Kashmir region. On February 27, 209, exchanges of fire then took place between the fighter-bombers of the two countries. Pakistan then announces that its F-16s and some JF-17 light fighters have engaged and destroyed two Indian fighters, while New Delhi only confirms the loss of one of its old MiG-21s and the destruction in return of an F -16 Pakistanis. If the actual details of this commitment are still unclear for the general public, it nevertheless emerges that the Indian Air Force (IAF) like the…

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India could "postpone" the construction of its 3rd aircraft carrier

For ten years, the doctrine of the Indian Navy has planned to have 3 aircraft carriers by 2030. In addition to the Vikramaditya already in service, and the Vikrant under construction, both ships equipped with a springboard, the Indian Navy was to, at the beginning of the 2020s, begin the construction of the Vishal, a heavier aircraft carrier and equipped, this time, with catapults, making it possible to launch aircraft with a higher fuel and ammunition load, and therefore to to increase its operational capacities. But India has also been facing a significant economic slowdown for the past 2 years, and several military programs have already done so...

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