Turkey is again interested in the Franco-Italian SAMP/T anti-aircraft and anti-missile system

Relations between Europe, and in particular France, and Turkey have been tumultuous in recent years, to say the least. Between the Turkish intervention in northern Syria against the Kurdish allies of France and the United States, the military support provided by Ankara to the Tripoli regime in Libya, and the tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean, in the Aegean Sea and around Cyprus, the points of friction between Ankara and Paris were not lacking, and relations between the two countries, as between the two heads of state, had become very difficult. At the same time, the Turkish decision to acquire the anti-aircraft system at…

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What are the Strengths and Weaknesses of the Air and Space Force?

On the night of April 13 to 14, 2017, 5 Rafale aircraft from the Saint-Dizier base escorted by 4 Mirage-2000-5, 2 Awacs aircraft and 6 KC-135 tanker aircraft, carried out a 10-hour raid and 7000 km to strike and destroy using the 2 SCALP cruise missiles carried by each of the Rafales, the Syrian chemical installations used by the regime of President Bashar El Assad, within the framework of a tripartite coalition bringing together the United States, the Great Britain and France. Despite the significant Syrian anti-aircraft defenses implemented, all the targets targeted by the coalition strikes in…

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Turkey says it wants to buy SAMP / T Mamba ground-to-air systems from France

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said today that his country is considering the acquisition of batteries of SAMP/T Mamba medium and long range surface-to-air systems to complement its anti-aircraft defence. However, this system is designed by the Eurosam consortium, which brings together the Italian Aliena and the French Thales and MBDA, and if relations between Ankara and Rome can still save face, this is not at all the case with relations with Paris, which for a few months have been very tense, against the backdrop of the Syrian, Libyan and Cypriot crisis, and about which the Turkish and French forces have come dangerously close...

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Switzerland barely keeps its hunting fleet

Despite the polls which gave a clear advantage to supporters of the modernization of the Swiss Confederation's fighter fleet, the referendum held this Sunday, September 27 nearly put an end to the hopes of the country's air force. Indeed, if the "Yes" was finally retained, it was only by a very narrow majority of 50,1%, the motion in favor having obtained only 8.670 votes more, out of 3,2 million of votes cast, that the motion against. Because of this particularly small gap, it is likely that the opponents of this measure, in the first place of which the…

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Towards a replacement of the Crotale-NG missiles in the French Air Force?

In a previous article, we returned to the declarations of General Lavigne, Chief of Staff of the Army of the National Assembly, on May 6th. In the context of the current health and economic crisis, the French armies will be mobilized to participate in the economic recovery of the country. For the Air Force, this will mainly involve ordering new utility helicopters and accelerating deliveries of combat aircraft and transport and refueling aircraft. Nevertheless, General Lavigne also mentioned the possibility of modernizing certain other Air Force equipment. The short-range surface-to-air defense (SHORAD) systems of…

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Turkey denounces French obstruction to its anti-missile defense program

At the beginning of 2018, the Turkish authorities signed a letter of agreement with the Eurosam consortium bringing together France and Italy around the Aster program, in order to study the implementation of an advanced anti-ballistic missile system derived from the SAMP-T system (Sol Air Moyenne Portée – Terre) in service in the armies of the two countries. As Ankara began to collect its batteries of S-400 systems in the summer of 2019, this contract appeared as an alternative allowing NATO to keep a foothold in anti-aircraft and anti-missile defense over Turkey. . But since then, relations have deteriorated greatly between Paris and Ankara, following in particular…

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More information on the ASTER 30 Bock1NT

OCCAR announced that the ASTER 30 Block1NT program had passed the preliminary design phase at the end of 2018, defining the features, objectives and technologies that will be used for its development. Thus, the missile will have a high-frequency Ka-Band seeker, increasing its accuracy and range, allowing the new system to engage and intercept ballistic missiles at intermediate ranges of up to 1500 km. The Aster 30 Block1NT represents the mid-life evolution of the Aster system. This modernization integrates the modernization of the missile itself, but also the fire control unit, and the transport silos, as well as the ability of the system to integrate into…

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Lockheed starts seduction campaign to convince Germany to buy F-35

The replacement of the German Tornado seems to have become the point of focus of Lockheed and the US Air Force, which does not spare itself to try to seduce the government and the German public opinion, and this in spite of the announcements of the government in favor of an optimized Air-Ground version of the Typhoon. France, through the DGA, also took a position in favor of the European plane, warning Berlin that the choice of the F-35 could call into question the Franco-German collaboration concerning the new generation FCAS fighter. These positions are indicative of the intense lobbying initiated by the F-35 camp, which is counting on strong support from the Luftwaffe.…

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The call for tenders to replace the Swiss F18 will soon be launched

After the cancellation of the J-39 Gripen order following a popular vote, the Swiss air force must simultaneously replace their 26 F-5s and their 30 F-18s. THE next call for tenders has been announced by the Swiss authorities and 5 manufacturers have been selected: Boeing for the F18 E/F, Dassault for the Rafale, Lockheed for the F35, Saab for the J-39 and Eurofighter for the Typhoon . Concomitantly, a call for tenders for the replacement of the anti-aircraft defense system will be launched, and 3 manufacturers have also been selected: Eurosam with the SAMP/T based on Aster missiles, Raytheon for the Patriot, and the Israeli Rafael for the David system…

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