With 284 aircraft ordered for export since 2015 for 7 countries, the Rafale combat aircraft, long decried including at the highest level of the State, is now considered a huge success for Dassault Aviation, coming to flirt with the export success of the Mirage 2000 and its 286 aircraft exported to 8 countries. If the orders placed over the past two years by Egypt (30 aircraft), Greece (24 aircraft including 12 offset second-hand aircraft), Croatia (12 offset second-hand aircraft), Indonesia (42 aircraft) and above all the United Arab Emirates with 80 aircraft for a record contract of €13,5 billion, ensured the sustainability and activity…Read the article
Thales ready to meet the SHORAD/CIWS needs of the French armies
Several critical weaknesses affecting the French armies have been repeatedly detailed on Meta-Defense. As part of the preparation of the 2024-2030 Military Programming Law, it seems, according to information that has filtered into the public domain, that several of them are now taken into account, with solutions envisaged in the relatively short term. This is particularly the case of the ability to destroy enemy anti-aircraft defenses and electronic warfare for the Rafale, the Chief of Staff of the Air and Space Force having announced, during his hearing by the Defense Committee of the National Assembly, that this capacity, initially provided for in…Read the article
With the RapidFire, the French Navy finally has its CIWS close protection system
From the middle of the 60s, the new Soviet combat ships were equipped with close protection systems AK-630, a 30mm hexatube cannon with radar guidance intended to intercept combat planes, helicopters and anti-ship missiles threatening the building, and having overcome its long and medium range defense provided by surface-to-air missiles and naval artillery. About fifteen years later, the US Navy began to deploy the now famous Phalanx system on its new buildings, a 20 mm gun also hexatube capable of very high rates of fire beyond 4000 rounds per minute, to intercept the threats…Read the article
Rafale, Caesar, FDI, Scorpene…: What are these French defense equipment items that export so well today?
Order intake for French defense equipment exports reached €11,7 billion in 2021, the third best year ever recorded by this industry, while 2022 promises to be the year of all records. more than €20 billion, in particular due to the order of 80 Rafale aircraft by the United Arab Emirates for more than €14 billion. In fact, since 1950, France has evolved between 3rd and 4th place in the world ranking of arms exporters, behind the United States, the Soviet Union/Russia, and on a par with Great Britain in this area. . French exports today represent more than…Read the article
Iraq, Serbia, Colombia: The Rafale still on the offensive on export markets
2021 will have been, without a doubt, the year of the Rafale, with 188 aircraft ordered for export by Greece (18+6 units), Croatia (12 aircraft), Egypt (30 aircraft), the UAE (80 aircraft) and Indonesia (42 aircraft), in addition to the 96 Rafale previously ordered by Egypt (24 aircraft), Qatar (24+12 aircraft) and India (36 aircraft) . In doing so, the flagship of Dassault Aviation and of the entire French aeronautical industry, is approaching the export scores of its predecessor, the Mirage 2000 with 284 aircraft ordered by 7 countries, against 298 aircraft ordered by 8 countries for the 2000. However, the French aircraft manufacturer does not intend to stop…Read the article
More details on the new Polish Mièçznick frigates
On March 4, when the media attention was entirely focused on the fighting in Ukraine, Warsaw announced the winner of the competition aimed at designing and manufacturing 3 new frigates and replacing the two OH Perry type frigates acquired second-hand from the US Navy, and who joined the Polish Navy in the early 2000s. It was the British Babcock, associated with the shipyards PGZ Stocznia Wojenna and Remontowa Shipbuilding SA, as well as Thales and MBDA, who won the competition against the Meko 300 from German Thyssenkrupp. The model chosen by Warsaw is the Arrowhead 140, on which the new frigate to come is based…Read the article
The US Navy chooses Thales CAPTAS-4 sonar for its new Constellation frigates
If there is one area in which French defense know-how is universally recognized, it is anti-submarine warfare. Whether it is its frigates, its submarines, or its maritime patrol aircraft, the French Navy has very often demonstrated advanced technicality and capabilities, even surpassing those of the very effective allies. Americans and British. Thus, on several occasions in recent years, the new French Aquitaine-class frigates have won the "Hook'em" competition organized by the US Navy, rewarding the best NATO crew(s) in the field of anti-terrorist combat. -underwater. If the French Navy collects the…Read the article
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…Read the article
Industry, jobs, geopolitics and technology: the key points of the Rafale contract in the United Arab Emirates
The announcement of the exceptional order of 80 Rafale combat aircraft by the United Arab Emirates was received in France in a contrasting manner. As has now become the rule with each announcement of a major defense contract, a significant number of political leaders, but also NGOs, journalists and editorial writers have questioned the relevance of this contract. It is true that the same arguments are not always put forward. Thus in the case of Greece or Croatia, the reservations put forward concerned the payment capacities of the country, but also the impact on the fleet of…Read the article
What are the strengths and weaknesses of the French defense industry?
The French defense industry is now internationally recognized as one of the most efficient and comprehensive on the planet. From nuclear-powered submarines to combat aircraft, via reconnaissance satellites, armored vehicles and missiles, the major French defense companies are present in all niches, and as such claim the 3rd ranks defense technology exporting countries after the United States and Russia, but ahead of China, Germany and Great Britain. It represents, as such, not only the pillar of French strategic autonomy, but one of the key export industries of the…Read the article