What consequences for France if the SCAF and Tempest programs merged?

After his German counterpart Lt General Ingo Gerhartz, it is the turn of General Luca Goretti, the Chief of Staff of the Italian Air Force, to declare that, according to him, the European programs of 6th generation combat aircraft SCAF (for Future Combat Air System) which brings together Germany, Spain and France, and FCAS (for Future Combat Air System, the same acronym) which brings together Great Britain, Italy and Sweden , will be expected to merge in the more or less near future. According to the Italian general officer, given the industrial and budgetary issues, and the proximity of programs, industrial players and countries,…

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Turkish industry could acquire 50% of Ukrainian engine manufacturer Motor Sich

In an article of March 12, we predicted that following the nationalization of the Ukrainian aeronautical engine manufacturer Motor Sich decided by President Zelensky in order to prevent its takeover by the Chinese company Skyrizon, kyiv could get closer to Ankara in this domain. Indeed, the lack of industrial activity of one corresponded to the needs in this field of the other, the Turkish Defense aeronautical industry being autonomous in many fields, except in that of motorization, which hampers many of its programs, both drones and helicopters, transport aircraft and the new generation T-FX fighter. This hypothesis now seems to take…

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Ukraine's flip-flop against the acquisition of Motor Sich by the Chinese Skyrizon

In December 2019, the Ukrainian group UkrOboronProm endorsed the session of 50% of the shares of the engine manufacturer Motor Sich to two Chinese groups, the Xinwei group and the Skyrizon Aircraft group, via the company Tianjiao Aviation Industry Investment Co. For the Ukrainian company which notably manufactures the D-18 turbojet which propels the Antonov An-124 and An-225, or the D-346 turbojet which equips the Yak-46 and the An-72, it was a breath of fresh air in a most deleterious economic climate. But for many foreign observers, it was above all an excellent operation for Beijing, which is still struggling to appropriate the very advanced technology of modern turbojet engines. Following the…

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US Industry Cannot Replace Likely Losses In Major Conflict

During the Cold War, starting with the Korean War, the American authorities permanently maintained a very high defense industrial capacity, sized to be able to compensate for the destruction of equipment in the event of a major conflict, so as to maintain a volume constant combat forces even over time. Since the 90s, between the euphoria caused by the implosion of the Soviet bloc and the radical victory against Iraq, US industrial planning has gradually moved away from this notion, structuring itself with the certainty that wars coming would be short, distant and low footprint on materials.…

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Is France sacrificing part of its Defense Industry on the altar of cooperation with Germany?

It's official, the KNDS company, which brings together the French Nexter and the German Krauss-Maffei Wegman, and which was until now piloted by a two-headed structure made up of the CEO of Nexter Stephan Mayer and his counterpart from KMW, will see its structure evolve, and will now be steered by a 9-person board of directors chaired by Philippe Petitcolin, the CEO of the French engine manufacturer Safran, while the company will pass under the direction of Frank Haun, hitherto boss of KMW, who will be replaced in this position by the vice-president of the company, Ralf Ketzel, while for his part, Stéphane Mayer will leave Nexter, without his successor having been named so far.…

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Blekinge, Barracuda, Taigei: how do modern conventional submarines perform? - 2nd part

According to the staff of the American Navy, submarines would represent today the best response to the rise in power of certain naval powers, citing in particular China. It is true that in Asia, the number of submarines in service in the various navies has more than quadrupled in 20 years, and that all the major navies are engaged in the renewal or even the extension of their submersible fleet. . In the second part of this article intended to present the conventionally powered submarines which enter service today, or which will do so in the years to come, we will present the 5 latest models of this…

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5 European countries join forces to design the next medium multi-role helicopter

European helicopters are, unquestionably, among the best rotary wings in the world, and have been for several decades. Over the course of industrial concentrations and consolidation of activity, two major European groups have emerged in this field, the Franco-German Airbus Hélicoptères and the Italian-British Agusta-Westland. Is it to respond to the emergence of new technologies such as those implemented in the United States as part of the US Army's Future Vertical Lift program? or the upcoming arrival of China and its Z-20 on the international market? anyway, these 4 countries are home to European helicopters, Germany, France, Italy and the United Kingdom, joined in this by…

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V. Putin wants to transform the Russian defense industry with a new generation of managers

The defense industry in Russia has a special position in the national economy and industrial landscape. Not only is it the largest industrial employer in the country, with nearly a million direct and indirect collaborators, but it is also one of the main providers of foreign currency on the international market, after gas and oil, of course. Moreover, it is a solid and immovable reserve of votes for the Presidential Party "United Russia" of President Putin. This is why she receives special treatment from the Kremlin, and from the president himself. During a meeting with the Military Industries Committee, the…

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Greece and Israel come together to produce the new class of Themistocles corvettes

During the Greek Prime Minister's visit to Israel on June 16, the Greek shipyard ONEX Neorion and the Israeli group Israel Shipyards announced the launch of a new generation of corvettes for the Hellenic Navy, called Corvette Themistocles. This announcement follows the signing of an agreement between the two companies last February and represents very good news for Greece, whose surface fleet is particularly aging. On a technical level, this new class of corvette is not exceptional, since it is a version adapted to the Greek needs of the corvette Sa'ar 72 in…

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To build new submarines in India, Naval Group seeks to develop exclusive partnerships with local shipyards

According to information from the Indian newspaper The Economic Times, the French shipbuilder Naval Group is in discussion with the two Indian shipyards selected by New Delhi to build the six new Project 75i submarines. Considered as one of the two most serious candidates in this competition, Naval Group nevertheless seeks to promote exclusive relations between international manufacturers and Indian shipyards. For the French group, strong and lasting links between foreign suppliers and local manufacturers would allow the Indian Ministry of Defense to conduct its programs more quickly, at a lower cost, while ensuring a strengthening of…

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