More details on the future European Tiger III combat helicopter

While it is still not known whether Berlin will choose to preserve and develop its fleet of Tiger combat helicopters, or to equip itself with American AH-64 Apaches, Airbus Helicopters has detailed the improvements that are planned on the future Tiger III standard, which should allow the aircraft to remain in service until 2035, and the arrival of a possible new European combat helicopter. Thus, this new version will integrate an advanced evolution of the aircraft's mission management, communication and cooperative engagement capabilities, with a redesigned cockpit approaching the Glass Cockpit of new generation aircraft, redundant satellite geolocation systems, etc.

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Chinese H-6J bombers train to drop naval mines

If the Chinese Navy is now solid in terms of surface fleet, with in the next few months a fleet composed of 5 Type 055 cruisers and 25 Type 052D destroyers in line, plus a hundred frigates and corvettes, it remains under threat American but also Japanese, South Korean or even Australian submarines (in the distant, very distant future…), as shown by the accident of the USS Connecticut in the China Sea two months ago. Although medium-term measures have been taken, such as the gradual arrival of new Type 039C submarines or the possible replacement of the first 20…

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In addition to the Rafale contract, the UAE orders 12 H225M Caracal from Airbus Helicopters

Obviously, Emmanuel Macron did not travel for nothing during his express tour of the Middle East from December 2 to 4. Indeed, in addition to the historic contract of €16 billion for the delivery of 80 Rafale combat aircraft to the F4 standard and a stock of MICA NG and Scalp missiles, the United Arab Emirates has also ordered 12 H225M maneuver helicopters from France. Caracal, for an estimated amount of between €700m and €800m. This providential order for Airbus Helicopter and in particular for the Marignane site where the aircraft will be assembled, will allow the European helicopter manufacturer to pass without incident the few…

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The first Russian BMPT Terminator unit is operational

Since its first public appearance in 2002, the BMPT Terminator Infantry Engagement Vehicle has generated intense media interest. It is true that this armored vehicle designed on a T-72 chassis, and carrying an impressive arsenal consisting of 2 30mm auto cannons, 4 9M120 ATAKA-T anti-tank missiles, 2 30mm grenade launchers and a 7,62mm machine gun served by a crew of 5 men, was an innovative approach inherited from the vulnerabilities observed in infantry fighting vehicles and armored personnel carriers during the conflicts in Afghanistan, as well as during the disastrous campaign of Chechnya from 1994.…

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Cruiser Type 055, LHD Type 075: the frantic expansion of the Chinese fleet continues

Since the blackout imposed by the Chinese authorities on the dissemination of information relating to the People's Liberation Army, and the Chinese defense industry, the collection of information on the expansion of the Chinese fleet has become well more difficult in the civil domain. In the naval field, the information collected is essentially based on photos taken by Chinese enthusiasts during civilian flights near the country's major shipyards, on the few satellite photos that reach the public domain, and on the rare official announcements published by the Chinese press itself. This is how we learned today from an article on the site…

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Chinese Air Force shows extended capabilities around Taiwan

Chinese air force incursions into the Taiwan Air Identification Zone have been a daily occurrence for several months. But since the show of force on April 10 with 52 aircraft in flight simultaneously, these missions have until now been limited in volume and ambition. The November 28 mission was notable in more ways than one. Indeed, not only did it involve 27 aircraft simultaneously, the largest number of aircraft since last April, but for the first time, one of the Chinese air force's new Y-20U tankers accompanied the five H-bombers 6 and its escort of four J-10C fighters and…

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Florence Parly confirms the replacement of the 12 used Rafale sold to Croatia

This puts an end to a long suspense, as well as to certain concerns. Indeed, the Minister of the French Armies Florence Parly, traveling to Zagreb for the signing of the sale of 12 second-hand Rafales to Croatia, confirmed by a tweet that the devices, which will be taken from the fleet of the Army de l'Air et de l'Espace, will effectively be replaced by an order to be launched in 2023. at this time according to the planning of the Act…

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Turkey wants to be the first to develop combat drone carrier ship

While the TCG Anadolu assault aircraft carrier will soon be transferred to the Turkish Navy, Ankara seems increasingly convinced by the concept of a combat drone carrier, which would represent, according to Turkish officials, an ongoing evolution of the aircraft carriers in the years and decades to come. For this, Ankara would work since the launch of the Anadolu, on the design of a new ship specially designed for this purpose, and which will be able to implement combat drones propelled by propeller like the TB2 Bayraktar which meets a real success on the international scene for several months, the future TB3 equipped with folding wings,…

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Berlin would be interested in the American AH-64E Apache helicopter .. since 2019!

For the past few months, the Tiger 3 program, bringing together France, Spain and Germany in the framework of permanent structured cooperation, or PESCO, since November 2019, has been meeting strong headwinds, with Berlin proving more and more difficult to convince to invest in the modernization of the European combat helicopter. Indeed, according to the Bundeswehr, the device would be particularly difficult to maintain in operational condition, and would offer insufficient availability in view of the needs. Without ever questioning their own maintenance procedures and the role of the size of the fleet in the subject, Germany seemed, since then, to be more and more openly interested in the helicopter...

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The FREMM anti-aircraft frigate Alsace joins active service in the French Navy

The new FREMM frigate with enhanced anti-aircraft capability Alsace officially entered service on Monday, November 22, according to a message published directly by the Minister of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly. This ship replaces the anti-aircraft frigate Cassard withdrawn from service in March 2019, and allows the French Navy to now align 9 modern frigates, out of the 15 ships of this type which it must have according to the 2013 white paper and the Review Strategic of 2017. If the number is not there yet, waiting for the entry into service of its sister-ship Lorraine in 2022, then of the new Frigate of Defense and Intervention...

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