UAE Suspends F-35 Purchase Negotiations

Then in the middle of the electoral campaign for his re-election to the White House, Donald Trump scored a big blow in the summer of 2020 by announcing the signing of a peace agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel, an agreement which was quickly joined by other Sunni Gulf monarchies in an effort to normalize relations with the Jewish state after several decades of tension over the Palestinian cause. If the points of convergence were numerous, in particular about the potential risk posed by the Iranian nuclear program, the United Arab Emirates took the opportunity to negotiate with Donald Trump the sale of Defense technologies hitherto reserved...

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A Swiss parliamentary committee will analyze the conditions for the selection of the F-35 in Switzerland

The choice, by the Swiss authorities, of the F-35A and the Patriot anti-aircraft system for the modernization of the Swiss air force and anti-aircraft defense last June caused much ink to flow, including digital, on the part of and other of the Alps. Indeed, until an impromptu meeting between American President Joe Biden and Guy Parmelin, his Swiss counterpart, the Swiss press gave the French Rafale, but also the Franco-Italian SAMP / T anti-aircraft system, largely favorites of the competition. , and this only a week before the official announcements. To the point that even Dassault Aviation had anticipated this success, and started to prepare its communication for…

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The US Air Force sharpens its strategy to reduce the number of F-35As it will buy

For nearly 15 years, the US Air Force had only one answer to all questions about its fighter fleet, the F-35A. Decked out with quasi-mystical abilities of stealth and combat power, the aircraft had to meet all the challenges they could face in the next 30 years. But since the first pranks of Will Roper, then Director of Developments and Acquisitions of the US Air Force on this program in 2018, until the most recent declarations of General Brown, Chief of Staff of the USAF, and the General Kelly, who commands the American fighter, the reserves of the first air force in the world...

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The US Air Force wants to design the NGAD program as a family of fighter jets

Since the beginning of the 70s and the arrival of the first digital systems on board combat aircraft, very few development programs have focused on developing, not one device, but a family of devices linked by the same technological base. , as was the case with the Mirage III family or the F4 Phantom II. At best, some specialized versions appeared, such as the EA18G Growler derived from the F/A 18 F Super Hornet for electronic warfare, or the F15E Strike Eagle derived from the F15C Eagle for assault. The only family of combat aircraft having truly succeeded in winning these 50…

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Does the political power of the F-35 program make it unshakeable?

In recent weeks, the F-35 program had suffered the wrath of certain American parliamentarians, who criticized it for its excessive price, particularly in terms of maintenance, and its lack of reliability and availability. For his part, the Chief of Staff of the US Air Force, General Brown, had himself announced that it might be preferable, for the US Air Force, to develop a new device that is less technologically advanced but less expensive and more reliable than the F35 to replace the F-16 fleet currently in service, knowing that the current costs surrounding the F-35 program would not allow the USAF to acquire and implement the…

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The Sukhoi Hypothesis resurfaces in Turkey

After a very tense end to the year, in particular due to the implementation of sanctions imposed by the American Congress, the Turkish authorities had chosen to adopt a more conciliatory profile on the international scene, at least in appearance, so as to curry favor with new US President Joe Biden, and lift US and European sanctions that are severely hampering the smooth running of the country's defense programs. If some have indeed changed their posture, such as Europe which, under pressure from Berlin, suspended the implementation of the yet symbolic sanctions decided at the end of December in order not to…

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The US Air Force backs off and reiterates its allegiance to the F35 program .. according to Lockheed

"The F35 is and remains the cornerstone of the US Air Force today and tomorrow." This is how General Charles Q. Brown presented the F35 program on occasion during the press conference following the Air Force Association's Aerospace Warfare Symposium, in order to put an end to reports that the US Air Force planned to design a new aircraft cheaper and more efficient than the F35 to replace its fleet of F16 which is reaching the end of its potential. Obviously, the message had to be hammered home, in order to leave no doubt in the minds of future potential buyers of the F35 on the…

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SCAF: French government takes defensive positions against Berlin

On the occasion of his speech before the Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee of the Senate on March 3, 2021, the CEO of Dassault Aviation, Eric Trappier, once again expressed his annoyance regarding the European future air combat system program which brings together France, Germany and Spain, and in particular against the largely excessive demands formulated by the Germanic and Iberian authorities. During his speech, the French leader also questioned the management of the program and the negotiations between states by the French Directorate General for Armaments and its two German and Spanish counterparts, but also by…

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Why is the US Air Force pulling away from the F-35 now?

As we saw in our article "The US Air Force could develop a new fighter to replace its F16" of February 18, the US Air Force is distancing itself from the F35 program. In question, prices that are too high and which will not be called upon to drop according to the analyzes of the Air Force services, sometimes disappointing aeronautical and operational performance, too chaotic maintenance and availability, and questionable reliability, given the almost 800 problems that the device still suffers from. According to the discourse of American officials, it is now essential, to deal with the rise of Chinese power, to replace the fleet...

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Biden administration suspends arms exports to Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates

As we have already mentioned on several occasions, former American President Donald Trump was not stingy with pitfalls for the attention of his successor, both in the field of domestic and international politics. And the case of arms export contracts to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates is probably one of the most complex for the new tenant of the White House to manage, as there are so many serial complications, whatever be the options selected. Predictably, Joe Biden has therefore decided to start by temporizing, by suspending the execution of arms export contracts to these two countries, officially to assess the…

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