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 Royal Air Force abandons its Mosquito combat drone

In recent years, the British armies have been particularly prolific in terms of new Defense programs, under the impetus of the political axis chosen by 10 Downing Street for 3 years and the announcement of a significant increase in resources to available to La Défense in the years to come. However, it is clear that, very often, these announcements are short-lived, and that beyond the initial announcements and promises, many of these programs do not come to an end. This is once again the case today, with the announcement by the Royal Air Force of the abandonment of the LANCA program, for Lightweigth Affordable Novel Combat Aircraft, and its…

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Spain formalizes the order for 20 Eurofighter Typhoons to replace its F/A-18s in the Canary Islands

Like all NATO members, Madrid committed in 2014 to increasing its defense spending to a level equivalent to 2% of its GDP by 2025. But like a majority of its members, Spain had taken some liberties with this commitment. Thus, in 2020, the country devoted only $17,5 billion to its defense effort, i.e. 1,4% of its GDP, which was not without posing heavy constraints in terms of financing the modernization of the armed forces. , while they were engaged in many major programs, such as the design of the S-80 submarines and the F-110 frigates. Following…

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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 Army urgently orders American Switchblade 300 vagrant ammunition: Whose fault is it?

On the occasion of the Eurosatory exhibition which took place last week at La Villette, the Army, through its head of the Pan Office, Colonel Arnaud Goujon, had raised the possibility of ordering vagrant ammunition American Switchblade 300 to American AeroVironment, since confirmed by the Ministry, with the aim of filling an urgent captaincy deficit. This procedure is not exceptional, especially since the Switchblade 300 is not particularly advanced equipment, nor particularly expensive. It will indeed allow infantry or dismounted units of the Army to acquire an indirect precision fire capability, complementing the staffing of…

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Iraq, Serbia, Colombia: The Rafale still on the offensive on export markets

2021 will have been, without a doubt, the year of the Rafale, with 188 aircraft ordered for export by Greece (18+6 units), Croatia (12 aircraft), Egypt (30 aircraft), the UAE (80 aircraft) and Indonesia (42 aircraft), in addition to the 96 Rafale previously ordered by Egypt (24 aircraft), Qatar (24+12 aircraft) and India (36 aircraft) . In doing so, the flagship of Dassault Aviation and of the entire French aeronautical industry, is approaching the export scores of its predecessor, the Mirage 2000 with 284 aircraft ordered by 7 countries, against 298 aircraft ordered by 8 countries for the 2000. However, the French aircraft manufacturer does not intend to stop…

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Australia wants to cut its infantry fighting vehicle acquisitions by a third

Launched by Canberra in 2018, the LAND 400 phase 3 program aimed to replace the M113s in service with the Australian armed forces with 450 new generation infantry fighting vehicles for a planned investment of 18 to 21 billion Australian dollars, i.e. between €12 and €14 billion. It now opposes two models, the KF41 Lynx offered by Rheinmetall Defense Australia, and the Redback AS21 from South Korea Hanwha, after the elimination of the Ajax and the CV-90 in 2019. However, according to information obtained by the site economic Financial Review, it seems that Canberra is about to reduce its ambitions around this program,…

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Sweden to order 24 additional Archer 155mm mobile artillery systems

On the occasion of Eurosatory 2022, the director of the Swedish Defense Materiel Administration, signed with Lena Gillström, executive director of BAE, a letter of intent relating to the acquisition, by 2025, of 24 155 mm Archer self-propelled guns to equip a third artillery battalion of the Swedish Army, which already has 48 of these systems. This contract, under discussion since 2020, is part of the renewed effort of the Swedish authorities to strengthen the defensive capabilities of the country's armed forces, but also to integrate with NATO standards, with a defense effort which will be brought from 1,3% of GDP today, to…

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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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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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