NATO will equip itself with a response force of 300.000 men to deal with the Russian threat

Only a few years ago, under the battering of Donald Trump and RT Erdogan, several European chancelleries began to doubt the effectiveness of the Atlantic Alliance, to the point that the French President, in reference to the lack of reaction from the alliance in the face of Turkish provocations in the western Mediterranean, judged that it was in a state of "brain death", and that the Europeans, France and Germany in the lead, undertook to try to consolidate European response capacities in the face of emerging threats . Four years later, while Russia has reignited a security crisis in Europe on a scale comparable to that of the War...

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The Netherlands confirms the order of 6 additional F-35A and 4 new MQ-9 Reaper drones

Following the example of a majority of European countries and following the Russian attack against Ukraine, the Netherlands, hitherto particularly reluctant to increase its defense effort, announced a few weeks ago a rapid increase of the country's defense effort to achieve the objective of 2% of GDP in accordance with NATO requirements, for 2025. And like this same majority of European countries, Amsterdam has announced a capacity building of its armies, through new arming commands. In this case, the Dutch Ministry of Defense confirmed, a few days ago, its desire to order 6 additional F-35A combat aircraft…

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The Czech Republic ready to turn to the American F-35A

In 2004, on the sidelines of its accession to the European Union and 5 years after its accession to NATO, the Czech authorities ordered 14 JAS-39 Gripen C/D fighters from Sweden, including two two-seaters, to replace its Mig- 23 and Mig-21 inherited from the Warsaw Pact era, in the form of a 12-year leasing for an annual amount of 1,7 billion belts, or €65 million. In 2015, Prague renewed the lease for a period of 12 years, which will end in 2027. On this date, several choices are envisaged by the Czech authorities. The extension of the JAS-39 rental was quickly ruled out,…

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The French Navy demonstrates the relevance of the double crew to arm its frigates

In 2019, the General Staff of the French Navy announced the start of an experiment allowing two FREMM frigates of the Aquitaine class, the Aquitaine based in Brest, and the Languedoc based in Toulon, to be equipped with 2 crews , similar to what has long been practiced for its nuclear-powered submarines. The Bretagne frigate was also double-crewed in 2020, and now all FREMMs of the Aquitaine and Alsace classes will be equipped with this feature. The objective is to allow ships to maintain an activity at sea for 180 days a year, while reducing the pressure on…

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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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Poland wants to go from 4 to 6 operational divisions in 2035

As part of the work on the "Model 2035" program aimed at modernizing and strengthening the Polish armies by 2035, the Polish Minister of Defense, Mariusz Błaszczak, announced that the size of the country's Army would change from 4 divisions today, to 6 divisions in 2035, with a significant increase in manpower and staffing equipment. While Poland only has a GDP of €600 billion, a quarter of that of France, and a population of 38 million, barely 55% of the 68 million French people, the country has of a very large armed force, in…

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Lithuania wants to order CAESAR mounted guns from French Nexter

During his visit to France to meet his counterpart Sébastien Lecornu, Lithuanian Defense Minister Arvydas Anusauskas confirmed in a tweet that his country intended to acquire CAESAR 155 mm artillery systems designed and manufactured by the French Nexter without specifying the number or the schedule. Update June 15: Lithuania signs a letter of intent for 18 French CAESARs. The CAmion Equipped with an Artillery System, or CAESAR, is today one of the most important export successes of the French specialist in land armaments Nexter. The 155 mm system, renowned for its precision, its length…

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President Macron announces the re-evaluation of the Military Programming Law and an increased effort in defense

During the inaugural speech of the Eurosatory exhibition, the French President announced that the work in view of an increase in the French defense effort to deal with the geopolitical developments of the latter had been started, and that the results should emerge from a few weeks here. While the vast majority of European chancelleries had announced a significant increase in their defense investments following the Russian offensive in Ukraine, the French authorities had, for their part, remained surprisingly discreet on the subject. On the occasion of the inauguration of the Eurosatory 2022 exhibition, the most important world meeting concerning land armaments which is held…

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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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To meet the Chinese challenge, the US Air Force wants to bet massively on combat drones

Important Information: A technical problem prevented subscribers from renewing their subscription with the same email address. The problem is now fixed. During the Cold War, the armies of NATO, in particular the American armies, undertook to contain the land numerical superiority of the Soviet forces and the Warsaw Pact, by equipping themselves with unparalleled air power, capable of seizing air superiority over the battlefield, and to compensate for the deficiencies of Western ground forces. This is how the F-4 Phantom II, F-15 Eagle, F-16 Fighting Falcon and other A-10 Warthog evolved alongside the Tornado, Jaguar, Harrier and…

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