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…

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SCAF, MGCS: Politics regains control of Franco-German defense industrial cooperation

“Many things have been said or written in recent weeks, I think that with one sentence, we will cut it short by saying that the SCAF is a priority project. […] It is awaited as much by Berlin as by Paris and this project will be done, we cannot be more direct” In a single sentence, the French Minister of the Armed Forces, Sebastien Lecornu, cut short all speculation concerning the future of the new generation combat aircraft program undertaken by Paris, Berlin and Madrid. And to add “We need to think about what will be the fighter aviation of the future, since we…

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The US armies are preparing their evolution towards drone warfare before 2030

The use of military drones is not a recent subject. Already, during the Second World War, attempts were made to transform certain fighter and bomber aircraft, as well as to use remote-controlled systems to conduct short-range reconnaissance. During the Vietnam War, American forces frequently employed drones to carry out certain risky reconnaissance missions, or to bring the North Vietnamese anti-aircraft defenses to light. But the first army that made intensive and coordinated use of drones in combat was the Israeli Air Force which, in 1982 during Operation Peace in Galilee, intensively employed drones to…

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Partial mobilization and nuclear weapons, should we be afraid of Vladimir Putin's declarations?

Since Vladimir Putin's speech on Russian public channels this morning, great excitement has taken hold of the European media, and consequently of public opinion as a whole. Faced with what is emerging more and more like an operational impasse every day, the Russian President announced 3 key measures to try to turn the situation to his advantage in Ukraine and in Europe. This public statement by the Russian President, supported a few minutes later by the Minister of Defense, Sergey Choigou, brought a new stage to this war which began on February 24, raising the specter of a…

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Sale of French submarines to Australia: a more credible hypothesis than it seems

When in September 2021, the Australian authorities announced the cancellation of the SEA 1000 program for the design and local manufacture of 12 Attack-class conventionally powered attack submarines by the French Naval Group, relations between Paris and Canberra seemed to have deteriorated for a long time. However, less than a year later, the French and Australian press mentioned, without much conviction it is true, the possibility for France to offer Australia the sale of 4 submarines so as to allow the Royal Australian Navy to have an interim solution between the withdrawal of the 6 Collins-class submarines in…

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4 arguments in favor of the development of a new French Mirage fighter

Whether or not it comes to an end, the SCAF next-generation combat aircraft program bringing together Germany, Spain and France will not see the light of day before the end of the 2040s, and probably even at the beginning. of the 2050s, by the admission of Eric Trappier, CEO of Dassault Aviation. It must be said that for the French aircraft manufacturer, but also for its German counterpart Airbus DS, this new date is far from lacking in meaning. It is indeed in 2050 that the replacement of a majority of the Rafale and Typhoon, but also of the F-35A sold recently, will begin to be considered. However, the SCAF Next Generation Fighter…

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The US Army presents its 6 priorities to meet the Chinese and Russian challenge in 2030

Until recently, the US Army relied on two pillars to prepare for future military challenges. On the one hand, it was fully involved in the Joint All-Domain Command-and-Control doctrine, or JADCC, intended to allow enhanced interoperability between its units, but also with other American armies such as the US Air Force or the US Navy, as well as with its allies. On the other hand, it had committed, during the previous term of office, to the development of a super-program called BIG-6, in reference to the famous super program BIG 5 of the early 70s, which gave birth in particular to the Patriot system, Bradley infantry fighting vehicle or…

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5 surprise revelations about the Russian Army in Ukraine

Barely weeks before the start of the Russian offensive in Ukraine, the Polish press echoed the results of a very disturbing simulation exercise. Designated “Zima-2020” (Winter 2020), it showed that a Russian offensive against Poland would see the fall of Warsaw in only 4 days, and all the key points of the country in only one week. Four weeks later, the Russian forces leading the offensive on Kyiv were blocked in the suburbs of the city, and suffered very heavy losses from a very combative but still poorly equipped and disorganized Ukrainian army. A month later, Moscow decided...

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Azerbaijan, Turkey, China: The risks of conflicts of opportunity grow on the uncertainties in Ukraine

By attacking Ukraine in February 2022, Russia will not only have endangered peace and security in Europe, but worldwide. Indeed, many latent conflicts, constrained by the joint action of Moscow and the European and American capitals, are emerging again, to the point that one can fear that major conflicts may even arise in several places around the world, some of which could potentially further undermine the difficult economic balances on which the West is built. In recent days, some of its theaters have flared up, or are showing signs of extreme tension, as the Russian armies...

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LPM 2023: 5 technological Quickwins to strengthen the French Armies in the face of High Intensity

We come to the conclusion of this series of articles devoted to the issues, risks and opportunities that frame the design of the next Military Programming Law. In recent days, through the voice of the Minister of the Armed Forces Sebastien Lecornu, certain tracks have been revealed as to the priority objectives of this LPM, such as the doubling of the operational reserve (Hypothesis 1 of the article "The" Army at the crossroads paths”), and like the reorganization of the industrial effort in order to reinforce the strategic autonomy of the country. It is obvious that the greatest unknown, to date, remains the organization, the financing and the scale of this effort, subjects which…

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