The Operational Buffer, an alternative to strengthen the Armies and the Defense Industry

Faced with the rapid upheavals affecting the geostrategic balances in the world, the French armies, like the national defense industry, face a complementary problem but without an obvious solution. Indeed, the armies keep repeating, more and more audibly, that they lack means, and in particular heavy means and manpower, to carry out their missions in a context where high-intensity engagements could once again become possible, even becoming the norm. At the same time, the French Defense industrial and technological base, or BITD, although it currently has relatively sustained activity, clearly lacks medium-term visibility, but…

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Bringing France's defense effort to 3% of GDP: necessary? sufficient? sustainable?

During his last hearing as Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces by the Defense and Security Commission of the National Assembly, General Lecointre, questioned by a deputy on what the armies would need to find a defensive posture comparable to that of the 60s and 70s, replied not without malice “4% of GDP, like at that time”. Beyond the touch of humor of a remarkable soldier with a more than exemplary career, General Lecointre clearly posed to the deputies the problem which underlies the efficiency and performance of our armies today, namely the 'nerve of war', the budget they...

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Will Switzerland select the F35 despite itself?

The days go by and are not alike in Bern. Indeed, while last week, the French proposal and the Rafale aircraft seemed to have won competition for the replacement of the F/A 18 Hornets and the Swiss F5 Tiger IIs, the Swiss media seem to know, since the beginning of the week, that now, the American proposal and the F35A from Lockheed-Martin would be on the way to winning the tender. According to the sources quoted by the written press as well as by the television news, this proposal would offer a "quality-price" ratio exceeding "by far" those of the other competitors. However, the term reported by Swiss journalists,…

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The Rafale will fly well under Croatian cockade

This Friday, the Croatian authorities confirmed their decision to acquire 12 second-hand Rafale aircraft from France to replace its last MIG-21s by 2024. Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković indicated that the French proposal was the one that best met the needs of the country's air forces, and the most relevant from an economic point of view. The contract, worth 999 million euros, includes the delivery of 12 Rafales to the F3R standard, the training of flight and maintenance personnel, ammunition and spare parts, in order to give the Croatian air forces the freedom of necessary and required action to defend…

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No, the Egyptian Rafale contract does not threaten French taxpayers

Since the announcement of the signing of a new contract for the acquisition of 30 Rafale aircraft by Egypt for €4 billion, a misunderstanding has spread on social networks, based in part on a misinterpretation of the situation by certain French media and by the AFP, according to which this contract could ultimately threaten French taxpayers, since the French State has guaranteed 85% of the amount borrowed by Cairo from French banks in a 10-year loan to fund the operation. As we will see in this article, not only is there no objective reason to anticipate a payment default by…

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Egypt to order 30 new Rafale from France

Discussions between Paris and Cairo regarding a new order for Rafale aircraft had been underway for several months, Egypt having expressed its wish to "double its Rafale fleet" last February. According to documents obtained by the Disclose news site, these negotiations would have succeeded, and a contract of almost €4 billion for an order of 30 new Rafale planes would have been signed on April 26. After the formalization of the order for 18 Rafale by Greece 3 months ago, this is therefore excellent news and a new success for the French aircraft, with one of its largest and oldest customers,…

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India negotiates the lease of an A330 MRTT refueling aircraft with France

Since deliveries of Rafale aircraft to India began, the aircraft assembled in Merignac have systematically made the trip by air accompanied by an Air Force A330 MRTT Phoenix tanker aircraft. The objective for Paris was twofold. On the one hand, allow long-distance delivery by reducing the number of stopovers to a minimum, and thus show the potential and reliability of the French fighter both to the authorities and to Indian public opinion, which moreover took unfeigned enthusiasm for the Rafale since the first delivery. On the other hand, it was a question of showing the Indian authorities as well as the Indian Air Force, the performance of the Rafale-A330 pair…

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The 7 challenges Defending the 2022 Presidential in France

Defense issues had been pushed into the background during the previous French presidential election in 2017. The majority of candidates had simply committed to a spending target of 2% at the end of the five-year term, and had striven to debate subjects without real foundation, such as the return to conscription, even though the soldiers themselves constantly warned about the unrealistic aspect of the proposals put forward. Fortunately, and to the surprise of many, the elected president, Emmanuel Macron, respected his commitments by enforcing a Military Programming Law (LPM) allowing the Armies, if not to rebuild their capacities, throughout…

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Can Defense become an electoral issue for 2022?

This weekend, the president of the Hauts de France region, Xavier Bertrand, a tenor of the Republicans party, announced his candidacy for the French presidential election of 2022. To do this, he outlined his program , ranging from insecurity to social protection. On the other hand, no mention was made of defense issues, while the international situation continues to deteriorate, and the subject will therefore increasingly affect the daily lives of French people in the years to come. Unfortunately, Xavier Bertrand is not the only one who does not consider Defense as…

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Paris would like to offer the Rafale to Ukraine on a model comparable to Greece

For several weeks, and like two years ago, OSCE observers from the Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, or SMM, have noted very significant movements of troops and equipment on both sides of the demarcation line between Ukraine and the secessionist province of Donbass supported by Moscow. Numerous violations of the ceasefire have also been observed in recent days in this area, raising fears of a resumption of fighting now that the soils are beginning to evacuate the excess water linked to the melting of winter snow. It is in this extremely tense context that French President Emmanuel Macron is…

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