More details on the future European Tiger III combat helicopter

While it is still not known whether Berlin will choose to preserve and develop its fleet of Tiger combat helicopters, or to equip itself with American AH-64 Apaches, Airbus Helicopters has detailed the improvements that are planned on the future Tiger III standard, which should allow the aircraft to remain in service until 2035, and the arrival of a possible new European combat helicopter. Thus, this new version will integrate an advanced evolution of the aircraft's mission management, communication and cooperative engagement capabilities, with a redesigned cockpit approaching the Glass Cockpit of new generation aircraft, redundant satellite geolocation systems, etc.

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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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US Special Forces set up Social Warfare Task Force

Special Forces are generally the first units deployed in a theater of operations, and therefore the first to have to deal with the local perception of their intervention. This perception is now regularly manipulated by influence operations carried out by foreign powers or hostile groups via social networks. For Colonel Ed Croot, Corps Commander of the 1st Special Forces Command at Fort Bragg in Northern California, it is now necessary that these special forces also have the means to detect, identify and counter these digital mass manipulation operations. , thanks to what he describes as “…

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With a new sale in Morocco, the Boeing AH-64 Apache confirms its status as a world best seller

The case had been going on for almost a year already. In 2019, following the purchase of new F-16s, the Kingdom of Morocco announced its intention to acquire AH-64 Apache combat helicopters from the American Boeing. Since the failure of the French Rafale sale in 2006, and despite the acquisition of a French FREMM frigate, Rabat now seems resolutely turned towards cooperation with the United States in terms of defense and arms purchases. Last November, Washington quite logically authorized a sale of 36 Apache helicopters via the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) procedure, which guarantees low prices and fast deliveries. Only remained in Morocco at…

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While not yet fully operational, Belgian NH90 TTH helicopters could be withdrawn from service

Of all the countries of Western Europe, Belgium is undoubtedly one of those which suffered the most from the reductions in staff linked to the "Peace Dividends". If modernization plans have been launched in recent years, after several decades of budget cuts, the starving Belgian defense budget will not allow all current operational capabilities to be renewed and maintained. Especially since micro-fleets of equipment are complex and expensive to maintain. The sizing of the Belgian helicopter fleets is particularly representative of this phenomenon, which aims to maintain operational capabilities with the fewest means possible, making their…

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Barkhane: six months after the Pau Summit, what effects on the Sahelian theater?

On January 13, 2020, the Pau Summit was held to restore momentum to a demoralized and destabilized G5 Sahel under the aggressive attacks of the Armed Terrorist Groups (GAT). A few months later we observe encouraging effects on the ground, both by the pressure exerted on the GATs and by the rise in power of the Sahelian armies. At the beginning of 2020, Operation Barkhane lost its legitimacy in proportion to the losses suffered by the Sahelian armies, and criticism from French public opinion. The Pau Summit did not change the Desired Final Effect (EFR) of Operation Barkhane: hold…

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Agreement of Sweden, interest of Greece: Task Force Takuba takes shape

Announced in 2019 and officially launched in March at the instigation of France, Task Force Takuba is a European grouping of special forces intended to be deployed in Mali in order to support the local armed forces in their fight against terrorist groups. Due to be deployed before the end of summer 2020, Task Force Takuba is still in the process of refining its technical system. This task is particularly delicate in the midst of the Covid-19 epidemic, which changes the availability of men and equipment to be sent by each partner country. In recent days, however, several major advances have been made. Firstly,…

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