Typhoon, FREMM, M-346: Italy would be close to signing a €12bn super-contract in Egypt

After several years of negotiations, Cairo would be close to concretizing the largest defense contract in its history, by ordering from Rome 24 Typhoon fighter planes, 4 FREMM frigates, 20 armed patrol boats, 20 M-346 training planes and a observation satellite, for an amount exceeding €12 billion. In the spring of 2020, Italy managed to take a predominant negotiating position in Egypt on the arms contract, on the ruins left by Paris after Emmanuel Macron, during an official visit to the Egyptian capital, questioning human rights issues in the country. Rome was on the…

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What answers if Turkey bought S-400 systems from Russia again?

Turkish President RT Erdogan has once again met his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, in the seaside town of Sochi on the shores of the Black Sea. Among the many topics discussed by the two heads of state, Ankara's acquisition of a second regiment of S-400 long-range anti-aircraft systems appears to be the most problematic from the Western point of view. The first order of two complete S-400 batteries in 2017 by Turkey provoked a strong response from Washington, Donald Trump having, after much procrastination and pressure from Congress, decided to exclude Ankara from the F-35 program, and to cancel in 2020 the order for 100…

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Turkish armies receive their first Akinci drones

Two years. This is the time it took the Turkish specialist in the manufacture of military drones Baykar, to bring its new Medium Altitude Long Endurance MALE Akinci drone from the prototype stage to its operational entry into the Turkish armies. On August 29, during a ceremony with strong nationalist impulses, it was President RT Erdogan himself who celebrated the arrival of the new combat drone in his armies, with unfeigned pride on the part of the leader. Turkish. It must be said that the Akinci PT-2 TIHA has something to satisfy the president, and his efforts in favor of a defense industry...

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Turkish combat drones multiply commercial successes

The TB2 and ANKA drones had tremendous media exposure during the Nagorno-Karabakh war in 2020, during which, alongside the Harop and Harpy roving ammunition of Israeli origin, they greatly contributed to the success of the Azeri armed forces on the Armenian forces. Since then, Ankara has multiplied contracts and exclusive negotiations with a view to exporting its precious equipment, helping to position the country in the top three of world nations in this field, along with the United States and China. Indeed, in addition to the Turkish Armies and Azeris, Turkish drones have been ordered in recent months by Ukraine, Qatar, Morocco,…

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Egypt is already interested in Rafale F4

The Rafale seems to have more than convinced the authorities in Cairo like the Egyptian air force. Indeed, hardly had they signed a new order for 30 F3R standard aircraft, accompanied by 2 A330 MRTT tanker planes and a military satellite, than the Egyptian negotiators announced their intention to increase the fleet. from Egyptian Rafale to 72 aircraft, or even 100 aircraft, by placing new orders in the years to come. Obviously, the capabilities of the future F4 standard of the French aircraft seem to meet the country's needs to strengthen its deterrence and…

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Russian Mi-28NM combat helicopter enters the era of drones

As we know, the Russian Mil Mi-28N combat helicopter had shown certain limitations during its engagement in Syria, which led the Russian authorities to negotiate with the manufacturer a major modernization phase of the aircraft. We now know more about the important developments made to the helicopter and its weapon system, as well as the evolution of the doctrine for the use of combat helicopters by the Russian armed forces. During an interview given to the Tass Agency by Vitaly Shcherbina, the chief designer of the Mil and Kamov design offices, the latter indeed provided many clarifications on this profound modernization relating to…

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Modern attack helicopters, from the AH64 Apache to the Z19.

Although helicopters have been used in combat since the end of the 40s, notably during the Korean War during which they played a determining role for the first time in missions to evacuate wounded and recover ejected pilots, will have to wait until 1967 for an armed helicopter specially designed for attack missions to participate in an armed conflict. It was the American Bell AH-1 Cobra helicopter of the US Army in the context of the Vietnam War. Since then, the attack helicopter has established itself as an indispensable tool in the inventory of modern armies, and the Mi-24 Hind, the AH-64 Apache and…

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Tensions with the United States still high as Ankara negotiates the acquisition of new S400s

Following Joe Biden's election to the White House, the Turkish authorities, then under American and European sanctions, seemed to be changing their foreign policy, with the obvious aim of returning to the good graces of their main ally during the 70 years, the United States, and its main trading partner, the European Union. Ankara proposed to Washington "alternative" approaches to the implementation of the S-400 systems acquired from Moscow and the main cause of tension between the United States and Turkey, which was initially ousted from the F35 program and which is the main cause of tension between the United States and Turkey. subject to military sanctions pursuant to…

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What developments can be envisaged and what obstacles must be overcome for NATO?

On the occasion of the last G7 meeting organized by videoconference on Friday February 19, the French President, Emmanuel Macron, reiterated his call for a profound change in NATO to give it an organization and legitimacy in line with developments in the world since the end of the Cold War and the disappearance of the Warsaw Pact. For the Head of State, the Alliance must move towards a more balanced structure between the United States and the Europeans, but also towards a wider area of ​​responsibility, in order to meet the security challenges of the planet, with the objective to make the alliance more efficient, and more powerful in…

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Is the Mediterranean again an area of ​​concentration of forces?

Traditionally, when we think of geographical areas under tension where many military forces are present, it is common to refer to the Middle East and the Persian Gulf, or more recently to the Western Pacific, especially around the China Sea. . On the other hand, the Mediterranean, and in particular the eastern Mediterranean, which was between the Second World War and the end of the 60s one of the most active areas militarily speaking, has since slipped, in the overall perception, towards the status of a secure area, allowing a significant commercial traffic. But for the past decade, many nations bordering the Mediterranean, as well as others there…

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