For its Typhoon fighters, Germany acquires AESA radars manufactured by Hensoldt, to the detriment of European programs

On June 17, the German government announced that it had agreed to fund the supply of Active Electronic Antenna Radars (AESA) to modernize the current fleet of 110 Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft in service with the Luftwaffe. If Airbus will take care of the integration of the new AESA radars on board fighter planes, it is the German electronics engineer Hensoldt who will recover the biggest workload, with a share of around 1,5 billion euros. Hensoldt will indeed be responsible for the development and production of this new radar, which should drastically improve the combat performance of the Typhoon. Through this contract, Germany is…

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German Orion P-3C withdrawal: a threat to the Franco-German MAWS program

As we learn from Naval News, always extremely well informed on naval matters, the German Ministry of Defense has just announced that it is ending the modernization program for the eight P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft in service in the German navy. Considered to be too costly and too risky, this modernization program should quickly give way to the acquisition of new maritime patrol aircraft. The decision to withdraw the Orions in 2025 at the latest, rather than from 2035, could however have very serious consequences on the MAWS (Maritime Airborne Warfare System) program jointly conducted by France and Germany. In…

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Taiwan: T-5 Brave Eagle advanced training aircraft makes its first flight

Last September, the Taiwanese aircraft manufacturer AIDC presented its new advanced training aircraft, the T-5 Brave Eagle. Two days ago, the first prototype of the Brave Eagle made its first flight, perfectly in line with the development schedule announced last year. If the aircraft behaves as expected, a few pre-series aircraft should be produced from November 2021. In 2023, AIDC will start full series production, and 66 copies should be delivered to the Taiwanese air force, or Republic of China Air Force (ROCAF), by 2026. Derived from the Taiwanese F-CK-1 Ching Kuo combat aircraft, itself inspired by the…

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Defense: the revival project of the aeronautical sector holds good and bad surprises

The affair had been announced quite early during the Covid-19 crisis: the French Armies will be called upon to revive the national economy. The Ministry of the Armed Forces is indeed one of the largest French investors, and mainly buys equipment designed and manufactured in France and in Europe. This is particularly the case for the aeronautical sector, which was the subject of government statements yesterday. If the aeronautics sector should have a recovery plan of 15 billion euros, almost half will be devoted to supporting the activity of Air France / KLM, which supplies a large part of the civil aeronautics sector. Several billions will be...

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India launches the development of a new on-board combat aircraft, further complicating its prospects for modernization

India is known for the complexity and slowness of its defense aeronautical programs. In a previous file, we notably returned to the incredible soap opera MRCA, which has promised for more than twenty years to modernize the Indian air force and which could still experience several years of catastrophic delays. In such a context, the Indian Navy had rather appeared as a good student in recent years, with relevant aircraft purchases and relatively rapid deliveries, including for helicopters and maritime patrol aircraft. Unfortunately, the rapid growth of Indian naval aviation ended up dragging the Indian Navy irreparably into the political maelstroms...

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As the Eurodrone stagnates, the US Air Force prepares the successor to the famous MQ-9 Reaper

Last March, the head of acquisitions of the United States Air Force, Will Roper, announced before the United States Congress that the USAF wanted to stop the production of MQ-9 Reaper drones from 2022. As we explained in a detailed article at the time, this premature cessation of Reaper deliveries should make it possible to finance a new family of more or less complex drones capable of resuming both ISR (intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance) missions and strike operations in currently assigned to the Reapers, while extending the spectrum of missions that can be entrusted to unmanned aerial systems (UAS). Today, a first...

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Following the departure of Boeing, Embraer is seeking new partners to market its C-390 Millenium transport aircraft

For more than a year, Boeing has had setbacks in the space sector (failure of the first launch of the CST-100 Starliner), civil (flight ban on the 737 Max) and military (with the repeated setbacks of the KC- 46). The coronavirus pandemic and its disastrous consequences on air transport have only added additional difficulties to the American aeronautics giant. As a result, the Chicago company decided quite abruptly to end its joint venture project with the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer. The subject had been covered extensively in a previous article, which detailed the divorce between Boeing and Embraer and the…

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Towards a replacement of the Crotale-NG missiles in the French Air Force?

In a previous article, we returned to the declarations of General Lavigne, Chief of Staff of the Army of the National Assembly, on May 6th. In the context of the current health and economic crisis, the French armies will be mobilized to participate in the economic recovery of the country. For the Air Force, this will mainly involve ordering new utility helicopters and accelerating deliveries of combat aircraft and transport and refueling aircraft. Nevertheless, General Lavigne also mentioned the possibility of modernizing certain other Air Force equipment. The short-range surface-to-air defense (SHORAD) systems of…

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Covid-19: Air Force renounces heavy helicopters, but not modernized capabilities

A few months ago, confirmation by Aviation Week that the French Air Force was ready to lease and then acquire heavy CH-47 Chinook helicopters caused a stir. It must be said that the needs for heavy transport helicopters are enormous, especially to support French operations in Africa. With the acquisition of a small number of CH-47s, France would then no longer have been dependent on the helicopters deployed by its allies, such as the United Kingdom or Denmark. Unfortunately, it was to be expected, the post-coronavirus economic crisis will most likely lead to the postponement or cancellation of this program. However, for the chef…

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LCA Tejas light fighter is finally fully operational in the Indian Air Force

Two months ago, we mentioned the first flight of a light combat aircraft (Light Combat Aircraft) Tejas to the FOC standard, representative of aircraft to the final operational standard. Produced in India by HAL, the Tejas is a light combat aircraft whose development has experienced numerous delays and additional costs, currently limiting its operational impact within the Indian Air Force. Thus, the Indian air force has so far ordered only 40 Tejas Mk1. The first twenty are already in squadrons and operate according to an IOC standard which covers only a small part of the missions assigned to the aircraft, and which limits…

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