An American-Italian engine for the Eurodrone, an industrial and technological heresy

For several months, the Medium Altitude Long Endurance, or MALE, European drone program bringing together France, Germany, Italy and Spain, had been on hold, awaiting the budgetary green light from Madrid, and the final choice of its propulsion solution. While Spain confirmed its financial participation a few weeks ago, the choice announced by Airbus DS of the Catalyst engine, manufactured in Italy by Avio Aero but designed in the United States by General Electric, to the detriment of the Ardiden 3TP engine from French Safran , has created a deep movement of discontent within the French defense industry. The Catalyst turboprop, rated at 850…

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India, Indonesia: Should we change the paradigms of the Rafale program to anticipate future success?

2021 will undoubtedly have been the year of consecration for Dassault Aviation, Safran, Thales, MBDA and the some 400 French companies forming Team Rafale, with 146 firm orders for export or in compensation for used aircraft. And 2022 could well be a good year too, with two major contracts in sight, India for its Navy on the one hand, and to strengthen its air forces on the other hand in the face of the rise in Chinese and Pakistani power. , and Indonesia, which now systematically includes the Rafale in its presentations concerning the evolution of its air force. At the same time, France itself ordered…

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What consequences for France if the SCAF and Tempest programs merged?

After his German counterpart Lt General Ingo Gerhartz, it is the turn of General Luca Goretti, the Chief of Staff of the Italian Air Force, to declare that, according to him, the European programs of 6th generation combat aircraft SCAF (for Future Combat Air System) which brings together Germany, Spain and France, and FCAS (for Future Combat Air System, the same acronym) which brings together Great Britain, Italy and Sweden , will be expected to merge in the more or less near future. According to the Italian general officer, given the industrial and budgetary issues, and the proximity of programs, industrial players and countries,…

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Safran and Rolls-Royce face to face to power the new generation AMCA Indian fighter

Launched in 2010, the new generation Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft or AMCA medium fighter program undoubtedly has many ambitions in New Delhi and the entire Indian military aeronautical industry. The first prototype is expected for 2024, and industrial production, if the current schedule were to be respected, plans to enter service for the end of the decade, in order to take over from the older Su-30 MKIs. If HAL and the entire Indian industry now have the necessary skills to develop the cell, the flight controls or the avionics and weapon systems of the aircraft, there remains…

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The French ARES turns to the Mirage 2000 to train the European armies

In recent years, several companies have specialized in the provision of advanced air service to armies around the world. This is particularly the case in a very specific field, that of the RedAir, namely private aircraft playing the role of hostile aircraft to train the air, naval and land forces to face this type of adversary. This phenomenon has taken on a dazzling rise in particular in the United States for 5 years, since the market, which brings together players such as Draken or Atac, has now reached its maturity threshold in a market that exceeds one billion dollars annually. It must be said that, for the armies,...

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The SCAF program breaks the rut, without solving the fundamental problems

After several weeks of psychodrama against a background of growing tensions between German industrial demands deemed excessive by France, and positions deemed authoritarian by French industry according to Germany, the Future Air Combat System program, or SCAF, which brings together France, Germany and Spain, has apparently emerged from the rut in which it had been engaged for months, thanks in particular to the intervention of the French Senate and its Defense and Affairs Committee foreign. In a session that was akin to couple psychotherapy, the French and German industrialists were able to clearly express their expectations, grievances and concerns, allowing the parties to…

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France in the trap of European defense cooperation

Is the Future Air Combat System, or FCAS, program doomed to fail? A few months ago, such an idea would have unleashed the fury of many officials at the Ministry of the Armed Forces, the DGA and even the Elysée. But today, one can reasonably ask how the program could not fail, given the many critical problems that have emerged in recent weeks. After the German requirement to obtain shared piloting between Safran and MTU concerning the propulsion pillar of the program, and this despite the more than limited experience of the German engine manufacturer in this type of thruster, then that carrying…

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Is France sacrificing part of its Defense Industry on the altar of cooperation with Germany?

It's official, the KNDS company, which brings together the French Nexter and the German Krauss-Maffei Wegman, and which was until now piloted by a two-headed structure made up of the CEO of Nexter Stephan Mayer and his counterpart from KMW, will see its structure evolve, and will now be steered by a 9-person board of directors chaired by Philippe Petitcolin, the CEO of the French engine manufacturer Safran, while the company will pass under the direction of Frank Haun, hitherto boss of KMW, who will be replaced in this position by the vice-president of the company, Ralf Ketzel, while for his part, Stéphane Mayer will leave Nexter, without his successor having been named so far.…

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Rafale's next delivery to India will also be an event

The delivery of the first 5 Rafale aircraft to the Indian Air Force, in July 2020, had a resounding media and popular success, to the point of representing a real national event in India. The next delivery of 3 additional devices, which will take place on November 4, could also arouse a lot of interest. In fact, in addition to the decisive role that the new aircraft is called upon to play in deterrence and in the air force of the Indian Air Force while tensions with Pakistan and China continue to grow, this delivery will be in it -even spectacular, since the 3 fighter planes will make the journey between…

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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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