Spain formalizes the order for 20 Eurofighter Typhoons to replace its F/A-18s in the Canary Islands

Like all NATO members, Madrid committed in 2014 to increasing its defense spending to a level equivalent to 2% of its GDP by 2025. But like a majority of its members, Spain had taken some liberties with this commitment. Thus, in 2020, the country devoted only $17,5 billion to its defense effort, i.e. 1,4% of its GDP, which was not without posing heavy constraints in terms of financing the modernization of the armed forces. , while they were engaged in many major programs, such as the design of the S-80 submarines and the F-110 frigates. Following…

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The 4 major advances of the new Chinese aircraft carrier CV-18 Fujian

As expected, the new Chinese aircraft carrier, dubbed CV-18 Fujian, was launched on Friday in Shanghai, marking a new stage in the industrial and operational evolution of the People's Liberation Army Navy. Beyond the undeniable industrial success for Beijing, which will have launched in less than 12 years 3 aircraft carriers of increasing technology and tonnage, the Fujian constitutes a key asset for the Chinese Navy in its showdown in the making with the US Navy and its allies, offering several major advances in the capabilities that will be available to the Chinese military and industrialists in the years to come, ranging from electric propulsion…

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Imminent launch of China's new Type 003 aircraft carrier

Expected for several days, the launch of the new Chinese heavy aircraft carrier, designated Type 003, is now imminent and could take place tomorrow Wednesday, June 15. New pictures indeed show that the dry dock in which the ship was built is being filled. While the future of the aircraft carrier is regularly called into question in the West, the ship being considered by some as too expensive and too vulnerable, China, for its part, is making very significant efforts to equip itself, as quickly as possible , a powerful on-board naval air capability. After the entry into service of its first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, in 2017,…

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Can we save the European SCAF next-generation fighter program?

Announced in 2017 by Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel, the SCAF program for Future Air Combat System aims to develop, by 2040, a new generation combat aircraft (the 6th at the last count), the Next Generation Fighter, as well as a a set of systems designed to provide the aircraft with unparalleled operational capabilities. Since its launch, the program has found itself on several occasions faced with major difficulties, whether related to political arbitration and in particular to the requirements of the German Bundestag, to the difficult industrial sharing between the 3 participating countries (Germany, France and Spain) and the conceptual and doctrinal differences between the armed forces…

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The Deutsche Marine could also benefit from the increase in the German defense effort

Important Information: A technical problem prevented subscribers from renewing their subscription with the same email address. The problem is now fixed. Since the announcement of the implementation of an exceptional effort by Berlin to modernize its armed forces, resulting in an investment budget of €100 billion presented by Chancellor Olaf Scholz a few days after the start of the Russian offensive in Ukraine, many programs were launched across the Rhine for the Luftwaffe (F-35 and Typhoon ECR aircraft, CH-47F helicopters, SCAF, Eurodrone) and for the Bundeswehr (VCI Marder, ammunition, anti-aircraft defense -air and anti-missiles..). On the other hand, the Deutsche Marine…

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By reducing the MMRCA 57 program to 2 aircraft, India increases the Rafale's chances of winning

In 2001, New Delhi launched a very important competition aimed at acquiring 114 medium combat aircraft to replace its Mig-27 and Jaguar which were to reach their age limit by the end of the 2010s. In 2012, the Indian authorities announced the victory of the Dassault Rafale, and the start of negotiations for the local industrial production of these aircraft intended for the Indian Air Force. However, many difficulties came to handicap the discussions, in particular concerning the participation of the state industrialist HAL, leading Paris and New Delhi to announce in 2015 the cancellation of this operation, replaced by a firm order of 36 Rafale produced in France. . However,…

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New Chinese show of force around Taiwan following the visit of a US senator

While media attention is focused on the war in Ukraine, tensions between Beijing and Washington over the island of Taiwan continue to grow, with strong demonstrations of force by the Chinese and American armies near the independent island. Thus, this weekend, the naval groups of the aircraft carriers USS Ronald Reagan and USS Abraham Lincoln participated in an important joint exercise between the Japanese island of Okinawa and Taiwan, after the Chinese naval group of the aircraft carrier Liaoning returned from an exercise in the Western Pacific passing through the Miyako Strait a few days earlier. Today, it was 30 planes of…

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Russia has tested its 3M22 Tzirkon hypersonic anti-ship missile at its maximum range of 1000 km

Hypersonic weapons, and more particularly the Russian hypersonic armies, have fueled numerous debates for several years, whether it concerns the vulnerability of large naval units as systems capable or not of opposing such missiles evolving beyond of Mach 5. Since the announcement of the entry into service of the Kinzhal airborne ballistic missile in 2019, Moscow has exploited this concern, which is very perceptible in the West, often relayed by the media lacking perspective on the subject. However, the Russian Navy has just lifted one of the doubts that have been hovering for several months regarding the announced performance of its hypersonic anti-ship missile 3M22 Tzirkon, by announcing…

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What solutions to increase the availability of the French Naval Air Group in the face of operational needs?

In December 2020, French President Emmanuel Macron announced the launch of a new aircraft carrier program for the French Navy. Intended to replace the nuclear aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle by 2038, this new ship, which we do not know to date whether it will include one or two buildings, will be much larger than its predecessor, with a length of 300 meters and a displacement of 70.000 tons, against 261,5 meters and 42.500 tons for the Charles de Gaulle

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India suspends order for 10 Russian Ka-31 naval helicopters

Since the beginning of the conflict in Ukraine, it is common to read that Russia is unanimously against it in the world, with the exception of a few satellite dictatorships, such as Syria or Venezuela. While it is true that during the votes at the United Nations, a majority of countries supported the motions against Moscow, many countries, and not the least, preferred to abstain rather than take a position against Russia. This was particularly the case for China, but also for Brazil, South Africa and India, the 4 other members of the BRICS format. If New Delhi has neither condemned nor…

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