South Korea to order 20 more F-35As

In February 2022, Seoul received the 40th and last of the F-35As which had been ordered from Lockheed-Martin as part of the FX program aimed at modernizing its air forces in order to have a global force capable of neutralizing the nuclear threat of its northern neighbour, and which relies, among other things, also on the development of ballistic and cruise missiles capable of carrying out preventive strikes against enemy nuclear installations. Obviously, Seoul seems satisfied with the capabilities offered by the American aircraft, since the Ministry of Defense has received authorization from the regulatory authorities to order a new…

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Super-Rafale, Mirage NG: France must study a medium-term alternative to SCAF

To say that the SCAF new generation combat aircraft program, which brings together France, Germany and Spain, is today on a downhill course would be an understatement. After several episodes of tension about industrial sharing between Paris, Berlin and Madrid, the program is now on hold in the face of the impossible agreement that Germany and Airbus Defense & Space are trying to get Paris and Dassault Aviation to accept, and which would oblige the French aeronautical group to share the piloting of the first pillar concerning the design of the Next Generation Fighter, or NGF, with its German counterpart. For several weeks now, the situation has been totally frozen, Eric Trappier,…

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The US Air Force definitively abandons the innovative ideas of Will Roper for its NGAD program

During the 3 years he spent as head of acquisitions for the US Air Force from February 2018 to January 2021, Doctor Will Roper, then Under Secretary of the Air Force, developed an extremely innovative industrial doctrine and in a break with the American military aeronautical industrial tradition over the past 50 years. According to this, it was economically, technologically and from an operational point of view, largely preferable to develop combat aircraft in reduced series, specialized in certain missions, and equipped with a short lifespan of about fifteen years. based on new design and modeling technologies, rather than trying to…

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The Belgian armies are preparing to order 19 additional CAESAr NG guns

After having acted as NATO's bad student with a defense effort barely above 1,1% of GDP in 2020, and devoting less than 1% to its defense between 2013 and 2019, the Belgian authorities have Like many other European chancelleries, announced a very significant increase in this effort in the years to come. This increase will take place in two stages, the first targeting 1,54% of GDP in 2025, and the second aiming to reach the 2% required by NATO in 2035, i.e. 10 years after the deadline set by the Atlantic Alliance. Under these conditions, the Belgian armies, financially drained since...

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Greece turns to the F-35A to complement its air power

If for the majority of European countries, the greatest threat comes, to date, from Russia, Greece, for its part, must face a latent conflict with Turkey for several decades, and revived in recent years by the territorial and maritime ambitions of President RT Erdogan. And if the Europeans know they can count on the support of the United States and the US Air Force against Moscow, Athens for its part knows that the United States, but also a majority of European countries, first and foremost Germany, and with the notable exception of France, will not intervene in the event of deterioration of…

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The US Army chooses its new “light” tank to reinforce its infantry units

After several failures linked to excessive technological and operational ambitions, the US Army had to, in 2015, urgently initiate an ambitious program for the modernization of its fleet of armored vehicles inherited from the end of the Cold War, such as the heavy tank M1 Abrams, the M2/M3 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles, as well as the M113 tracked personnel carrier. After the cancellation of the Ground Combat Vehicle program in 2014, a new program was launched in 2017, called Next Generation Combat Vehicle, with the ambition of replacing the entire US Army tracked fleet. This program consists of the Armored MultiPurpose Vehicle program for…

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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 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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