Since the start of the Russian aggression against Ukraine, many analyses, including on this site, have focused on the different lessons that these very high intensity combats have brought to light, such as the now indisputable role of the tank but also artillery, coastal or anti-aircraft defenses, and of course drones, to speak only of the technological question. And in fact, many armies have evolved their military planning in recent months precisely to respond to these lessons. This is how Poland embarked on an unprecedented effort to reconstitute a very powerful land force aligning 6 divisions,…Read the article
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Should the UAE Mirage 2000-9 be taken over to densify the Air and Space Force?
The next French military programming law, which will cover the period 2024 to 2030, promises to be ambitious, with a defense effort brought to more than 2,25% of GDP, and an increase of nearly 35% in the budget allocation. to armies. However, in the opinion of many analysts and former senior and general officers, it will not make it possible to remedy certain critical shortcomings of the armed forces, particularly in terms of format. This will be the case for the Air and Space Force fighter fleet, which will certainly experience an increase in power with the delivery of 80 Rafale aircraft over this period, reinforcing…Read the article
Serbia could turn to the Typhoon if France refuses to deliver “certain missiles”
Things are not going as well as hoped between Paris and Belgrade regarding a possible acquisition of 12 Rafale planes to replace the aging Mig-29s of the Serbian air force. If the negotiations continue with Dassault aviation and the Hotel de Brienne, it seems that the Serbian authorities are irritated by the refusal of Paris to deliver certain missiles. And to give weight to this dissatisfaction, Nebojša Stefanovi, the Serbian Defense Minister, announced on April 16 that he had started, in parallel with the negotiations with Paris, discussions with London about Typhoon fighters, specifying that the first of the two to satisfy…Read the article
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…Read the article
Paris and London relaunch their cooperation in the field of tactical missiles
Franco-British cooperation in terms of the development of military systems has often been difficult, and punctuated by bitter failures, as was the case, for example, of the aircraft carrier project between the two countries. But when it succeeds, it often gives very high quality equipment. This was the case in the field of helicopters with the Gazelle and the Puma, in the field of combat aircraft with the Jaguar, and more recently, in the field of artillery guns with the 40mm telescoped ammunition system. But the favorite field of this cooperation has for several decades been missiles…Read the article
US Air Force tests new 5000-pound GBU-72 bunker bomb
Most often, when talking about bunker busters, reference is made to the famous GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb of 22.000 pounds, sometimes called MOAB for Mother of All Bomb, and made famous for their use against cave networks in Afghanistan, as well as the 57-pound GBU-30.000A/B Massive Ordnance Penetrator designed to equip the B-2 bombers. But these munitions are both very expensive to build and complex to implement, the MOAB being able, for example, to be dropped only from a C-130 transport plane. While the risks of having to intervene against strongly defended targets continue...Read the article
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…Read the article
Egypt to order 30 new Rafale from France
Discussions between Paris and Cairo regarding a new order for Rafale aircraft had been underway for several months, Egypt having expressed its wish to "double its Rafale fleet" last February. According to documents obtained by the Disclose news site, these negotiations would have succeeded, and a contract of almost €4 billion for an order of 30 new Rafale planes would have been signed on April 26. After the formalization of the order for 18 Rafale by Greece 3 months ago, this is therefore excellent news and a new success for the French aircraft, with one of its largest and oldest customers,…Read the article
Greece: What will change with the arrival of the Rafale
It's finally done! On Monday, January 25, the Greek authorities officially signed the order for 18 Rafale combat aircraft to the F3R standard, as well as a large batch of ammunition and parts, all for an amount of €2,5 billion. The signing of this contract has been long awaited, and confirms the partnership between Paris and Athens around defense issues, a partnership that showed its solidity during the crisis between Greece and Turkey on issues of operating hydrocarbon in the Aegean Sea last fall. But beyond this bilateral defense relationship, the arrival of the Rafale…Read the article
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…Read the article