The United Arab Emirates turns to the MICA VL NG missile for its Gowind 2500 corvettes

In November 2017, the United Arab Emirates confirmed the order for two Gowind 2500 corvettes from the French military shipbuilder Naval Group. If many of the equipment selected by Abu Dhabi were of French origin, the anti-aircraft defense was then entrusted to the American couple formed by the vertical launch system VLS Mk41 and the anti-aircraft missile ESSM Block 2, the new version of the heir to the Sea Sparrow. But according to the Naval News site, the Emirati authorities have changed their posture, to turn to the French MICA VL NG missile from the MBDA missile, a new version of the MICA VL surface-to-air missile itself derived from the very…

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Naval Group FDI Belharra handicapped by VLS Sylver in Greece

The renewal of the fleet of Greek frigates is today one of the main and most important contracts being awarded on the European and international scene concerning surface combatants. With an objective of acquiring 4 ships, the modernization of its 4 Meko 200 HN and the desire to acquire or lease 2 frigates in a very short time to meet the immediate security challenges in the Aegean Sea, Athens is attracting the greed of builders Europeans and Americans. In this competition, the FDI Belharra of Naval Group had until recently a head start on its competitors, since Paris and Athens had signed…

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5 programs to strengthen the High Intensity capacities of the French armies

While a few years ago, the hypothesis of high-intensity engagement, that is to say between technologically advanced forces with global military resources, was considered marginal, the deterioration of international relations and the multiplication points of tension appeared on the planet, will have given him an important credit. Unfortunately, as the Chiefs of Staff of the French armies as well as the deputies point out more and more frequently, the French forces are no longer sized or equipped to deal effectively with this type of engagement. Beyond the volume of forces, which is a matter of long-term global planning,…

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The future of the French Navy, between ambitions and concerns

In recent days, announcements have followed one another around the future programs of the Navy, both on the side of the Hotel de Brienne (the Ministry of the Armed Forces) and the General Staff of the Navy. But these announcements, if they carry the ambitions of what the French Navy will be tomorrow, also announce a very difficult transition in the years to come, as the programs have been postponed or spread out during the preceding decade, to the point of, now, no longer being able to avoid temporary capacity disruptions. In any case, this is a point on which Admiral Pierre Vandier, Chief of the Naval Staff, wanted…

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