Can France develop its defense programs without Germany?

In recent months, not a week goes by without new information questioning Germany's desire to persevere in the ambitious cooperation in defense programs launched 4 years ago by President Macron and Chancellor Merkel, on the altar of tensions between the United States and the Europeans, in particular Germany, consequences of President Trump's intransigence on issues of sharing the Defense effort. If over the past two years, Berlin's demands could still appear to be linked to a different conception of the defense effort, the thunderous exit from the…

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The United States develops a revolutionary change of environment sonar

Since the use of the first combat submersible during the American War of Independence, the Turtle, which was none other than a shell propelled by human power and intended to place loads on the hulls of British ships anchored in port, the detection of underwater warships has always been a major challenge in naval combat. But it will be necessary to wait until the end of the First World War for the first sonars, developed by the French Paul Langevin as well as by the American Walter Guydon Cady, to be effectively able to detect the famous German Unterseeboot which caused great damage within the marines. French business...

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US Navy experiments with drone to hunt submarines

Anti-submarine warfare is one of the most complex disciplines of modern warfare. Faced with the immensity of the 3-dimensional ocean, submarines, frigates, destroyers, helicopters and maritime patrol aircraft play a game of cat and mouse, where the first to see the other wins, and the other dies. Maritime patrol aircraft have profoundly changed this war since their appearance during the Second World War, bringing the threat beyond the detection perimeter of escort ships, by coordinating with them to track down and destroy the adversary. At that time, hunting for a submarine from an aircraft…

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The French Naval Aviation will receive 12 Dassault Falcon 2000 Albatros for maritime surveillance

The Aéronautique Navale de la Marine Nationale, created in 1912, is the oldest French military air force, and one of the oldest on the planet. It now consists of 3 components. The on-board fighter component, which uses the Rafale M, but also the E-2C Hawkeye aerial surveillance planes, and some Falcon 10 planes used for pilot training in blind flight and certain chest missions (the plane playing the role of a target or attacker). The helicopter component operates NH90 Caiman Marine and Panther embarked on frigates, as well as Dauphin and Alouette III for rescue missions and…

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NATO re-invests the North Atlantic against Russia

In 1986, the writer Tom Clancy and his sidekick Larry Bond, to whom we owe the famous naval simulation game Harpoon, published the novel “Red Storm Rising”, in French “Tempête Rouge”. The fascinating story presented in the book addresses, in particular, the key role for NATO that Iceland represented in the potential mastery of the North Atlantic to maintain a logistical flow between the United States and Europe in the event of a conflict with the Soviet Union. The novel so marked the minds that NATO decided to strengthen its presence on the Icelandic air base of Keflavik, by permanently deploying a squadron of F15 fighters. After…

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India launches acquisition of 6 additional Boeing P8i Poseidon

The growing tensions between Beijing and New Delhi are obviously taken very seriously by the Indian authorities, which are increasing the procedures for acquiring defense equipment, sometimes in emergency procedures, from its international partners. This is particularly the case of the United States, to which New Delhi has just notified a request for offer (RFP for Request for Price) concerning 6 new P8i Maritime patrol aircraft, in addition to the 8 already in service and the 4 copies ordered in 2016. The contract is estimated at $1,8 billion. Initially, the order was to be for 10 additional aircraft, as announced last year by the Indian Defense Committee. Corn…

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20 programs to strengthen the armies and preserve the French industrial fabric

Between the health and economic crisis linked to the Covid19 virus, and the security crises that are shaking the Middle East, the Mediterranean, Asia and Eastern Europe, there is no shortage of subjects of concern for French political leaders in in charge of defence, public finance and industry. But while these files are managed in isolation today, a global vision would make it possible to consider solutions that meet all the needs and contextual requirements. Strengthening the French armies, a pressing need Although the Military Programming Law 2019-2025 has undeniably made it possible to stem the loss of capacity that has affected the French armies for more than…

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German Orion P-3C withdrawal: a threat to the Franco-German MAWS program

As we learn from Naval News, always extremely well informed on naval matters, the German Ministry of Defense has just announced that it is ending the modernization program for the eight P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft in service in the German navy. Considered to be too costly and too risky, this modernization program should quickly give way to the acquisition of new maritime patrol aircraft. The decision to withdraw the Orions in 2025 at the latest, rather than from 2035, could however have very serious consequences on the MAWS (Maritime Airborne Warfare System) program jointly conducted by France and Germany. In…

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New Zealand will buy C-130J Super Hercules transport aircraft

The New Zealand government recently confirmed the acquisition of five C-130J Super Hercules transport aircraft from US aircraft manufacturer Lockheed Martin. Between 2024 and 2025, these five new generation aircraft will replace the five current C-130 Hercules which were delivered to New Zealand in the 1960s. For the New Zealand Air Force, this file was a priority for several years. Indeed, since the withdrawal of the A-4 Skyhawk fighters and the cancellation of the contract for the acquisition of F-16 fighters in 2000, the Royal New Zealand Air Force no longer has combat aircraft. Equipped exclusively with helicopters, transport planes, training planes and patrol planes...

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Boeing restarts KC-46 and P-8 production after three weeks of shutdown

On March 25, Boeing announced that it was ceasing production of airliners at its various production sites in the Puget Sound region, near Seattle. The state of Washington has indeed been seriously affected by the Covid-19 epidemic, forcing the closure of the main businesses in the region. For Boeing, this meant ceasing production of civilian aircraft, but also military aircraft derived from them, such as the KC-46 Pegasus tanker and the P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft. After three weeks of closure, the Pegasus line in Everett and the Poseidon in Renton were relaunched this morning, with sanitary measures…

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