Can France lease nuclear attack submarines from Australia?

The announcement of the Australian decision to unilaterally cancel the contract for the local construction of 12 conventionally powered Attak-class submarines by Prime Minister Scott Morrison in September 2021 was, in substance as well as in form , perceived by France as a deep humiliation, provoking one of the most serious diplomatic crises in recent decades between France and the triptych gathered around the new AUKUS alliance, Australia, the United States and Great Britain. For Canberra, it was a question of turning to nuclear-powered submarines, considered more capable of meeting the future needs of…

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F Gouttefarde, JC Lagarde, JL Thériot: these outgoing deputies necessary for the National Defense and Armed Forces Commission

Within the French National Assembly, the Commission for National Defense and the Armed Forces is far from being the most popular commission among deputies. The sovereign function par excellence being a reserved domain of the Elysée, it is difficult to shine there, or to assert an alternative or simply constructive voice, in the face of the doxa imposed by the Presidency of the Republic and the Ministry of the Armed Forces. . In fact, it is rare for MPs, whether from the majority or the opposition, to play a significant role. However, during the previous magistracy, several deputies knew, by their…

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Russia announces the start of construction work for 6 new ships, including 2 submarines and a corvette

Russian news agency Tass announced the start of construction work for 6 new warships in Russian shipyards on June 12, including 2 conventionally powered Lada-class submarines (Project 677), a corvette from the Gremyashchiy class (Pr 20385), two research vessels (Pr 03182R) and an Alexandrit class mine hunter (pr 12700). It has now become a form of tradition, Moscow announced on June 12 a new military shipbuilding batch of 6 ships in Russian shipyards. Thus, two new Lada-class conventionally powered submarines, already named Vologda and…

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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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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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New model of nuclear attack submarine identified in China

While all media attention is now focused on developments in the conflict in Ukraine, the other theaters of operation and potential confrontation continue to evolve. This is particularly the case in Asia and in the Indo-Pacific theatre, with successive announcements concerning the development of new capacities in Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and above all in the People's Republic of China. Among these revelations, the dissemination of a satellite photo showing a new model of a Chinese nuclear attack submarine deserves very special attention, as the underwater dimension will constitute, in the years to come, a major area of ​​confrontation between Peking and the Western Camps. Until he...

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According to its chief of staff, the US Navy cannot engage on two major fronts simultaneously

To say that the US Navy's shipbuilding planning has been chaotic over the past 20 years would be an understatement. Between the aborted or more than disappointing programs such as the Zumwalt destroyers and the Littoral Combat Ship, a low budget increase, and in the face of an extraordinary Chinese effort of efficiency and the revival of Russian naval construction, it is true that the supremacy naval force, considered a few years ago as irremovable, is now facing unprecedented challenges since the end of the Second World War. In addition, the American shipyards themselves…

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Has France lost its audacity in Defense innovation?

At the start of the week, the French Defense Innovation Agency launched two calls for projects to design vagrant ammunition models. These weapons, sometimes improperly called suicide drones, mark the news in the Ukrainian conflict, with the arrival of the Switchblade 300 and 600 models and the mysterious Phoenix Ghost specially designed by the US defense industry at the request of the Ukrainians. However, the effectiveness of vagrant ammunition did not emerge during this conflict, nor even during the Nagorno Karabakh war in 2020 during which the Israeli-made Harops and Orbiters saturated the Armenian defenses. Indeed, this type of ammunition exists…

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The United States fears the trivialization of Russian and Chinese “blackmail to deterrence”

Barely a few days after the start of military operations in Ukraine, Vladimir Putin ordered, in a very publicized manner, his Chief of Staff and his Minister of Defense to put the Russian strategic forces on high alert, in response the first round of sanctions from the United States and Europe against Russia in response to this aggression. Since then, Moscow has repeatedly repeated its strategic threats in an attempt to prevent the West from interfering in the ongoing conflict, and to provide growing support to the Ukrainians. If this did not prevent the United States, Great Britain and many European countries from delivering armaments...

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Naval Group withdraws from India's P75i AIP submarine competition

Until recently, Naval Group was considered one of the favorites of the P75i competition launched in 2017 by New Delhi with a view to designing and locally building 6 new attack submarines equipped with an anaerobic propulsion system. , designated by the English acronym AIP for Air Independent Propulsion. The French specialist in military ships and submarines could indeed rely on the previous P75 program, launched in 1999, based on the Scorpene submarine, and whose 6th and last unit was launched this Wednesday April 20. After a rocky start, as is often the case in India, the program has come…

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