Will Roper wants to replace the F35 by the NGAD in the US Air Force

Will Roper, the very influential head of acquisition programs for the US Air Force, has never hidden his reservations about the F35 program, which he considers both too complex, too versatile, threatening American industrial balances in this area and above all too expensive. While his position is potentially threatened by the imminent arrival of the Biden administration, he multiplies the announcements, both to present himself as an apolitical asset in the competition between the United States and China, as well as to highlight its Next Generation Air Dominance, or NGAD, program and the concept of the Digital Century Series, in many ways the antithesis of…

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Athens will officially ask Washington for an Arleigh Burke destroyer

For several years, the Greek authorities have hoped to obtain from their American counterparts the loan or the sale of a second-hand Arleigh Burke-class destroyer or a second-hand Ticonderoga-class cruiser, to reinforce its anti-aircraft capabilities and be in able to cope with the rise of Turkish power. Until now, these requests, passed through the military or technocratic channels, have never obtained a favorable response either from Washington, and even less from the US Navy, which is struggling to maintain a minimum format to respond to increased operating pressure. But obviously, President Kyriakos Mitsotakis does not seem ready to…

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United Arab Emirates take further step towards acquisition of F35

Elected or not, President Donald Trump seems determined to overcome the super-contract for the sale of arms to the United Arab Emirates, following the signing of a treaty to normalize relations with Israel, and relating in particular to the acquisition of 50 F35A fighter jets for the Emirates Air Force. Indeed, the State Department has just announced that it has authorized this sale, as well as that of 18 MALE MQ-9B Sky Guardian drone systems and a very large batch of air-to-air and air-to-ground munitions, for a amount of $23 billion. The transaction, carried out with a bang by the president in office probably until January 20, has therefore…

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What pressure tactics have the United States used in Greece to win the frigate market?

If you follow Meta-Defense carefully, nothing will have escaped you of the Greek adventures in trying to modernize its surface combat fleet, and in particular its frigates, in order to be able to cope with the rise in power of the Navy. Turkish, and its MILGEM program. And you will not have missed, either, the rebound which has just taken place in Athens, when the Greek government obtained from the parliament the authorization to issue a letter of intent to acquire 4 MMSC frigates from the American Lockheed-Martin, effectively abandoning the year of negotiations conducted with Naval Group on the acquisition of two FDI frigates. The…

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Will the sale of F35A to the UAE limit the performance of devices offered to Switzerland or Finland?

A few days before the American presidential election, President Trump seems to be using all his power to speed up the procedure for the sale of the F35A fighter to the United Arab Emirates, despite the reluctance of Congress and the Pentagon, as well as 'Israel. But this haste also paves the way for action by Congress, with potentially wider consequences than just selling to the Emirates, or even to other countries in the Middle East. Indeed, two Democratic senators, the very active senator from New York and chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee Bob Menendez, and senator Dianne Feinstein from California, have proposed…

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Is Lockheed-Martin Behind The US Air Force's Secret Fighter Program?

In mid-September, the Director of Acquisitions of the US Air Force and strong man of the programs of the first air force in the world, amazed his audience by announcing that the US Air Force had built, in one year, a demonstrator attached to the new program of heavy fighters intended to replace the F15 and F22 within ten years, the Next-Generation Air Dominance Program. On the other hand, the "Czar" of the programs of the US Air Force did not give any information concerning the industrialists who carried out this work, the objective then being to highlight the new paradigm of design resulting from the model of Digital Century Series . Rumors were going...

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UK Tempest program to generate 20.000 jobs in the country

Many in Europe doubt the sustainability of the Tempest next-generation fighter aircraft program for UK public finances. However, an analysis by the audit firm Price Waterhouse Cooper at the request of BAe shows that the program will condition major economic and industrial activity with, as a result, 20.000 jobs and £25 billion in economic returns for the country. By directly integrating the notion of social and budgetary return on public effort into a major program such as Tempest, the British defense industry demonstrates its determination to carry out the project, even if it had to carry it out alone. . The analysis done...

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Will the European Union give in to American demands for PESCO?

Initially proposed in 2017 by the European Commission, the Permanent Structured Cooperation, or PESCO, and the European Defense Fund, or EDF, were set up in 2018 by the European authorities. Their objective was to support competitiveness and cooperation within the European Union concerning industrial defense programmes, so as to avoid the duplication of unnecessary R&D expenditure or fratricidal competition, as we have been able to see so many these last years. But for the United States, as for NATO, these two initiatives, and in particular the EDF with a budget of €13 billion in investments between 2021 and 2027, it…

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The United States again on the offensive to counter Franco-Greek discussions around the Rafale and Belh @ rra

Since the crisis between Turkey and Greece and Cyprus, linked to the mission of the mining exploration vessel Orus Reis in waters claimed by Athens or Nicosia, broke out, Washington has been remarkably discreet. It was only two days ago that Mike Pompeo, the American Secretary of State, spoke on the subject. This intervention was disappointing to say the least for Athens, since he contented himself with calling on the two parties to “lower tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean”. However, it only took 24 hours for the American authorities to react following the publication of information on a possible agreement between France and Greece…

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Saab presents its finery to support its media campaign in Finland

The aeronautical manufacturer Saab obviously did not hesitate to put the means to support its communication campaign around the participation of its Gripen E/F accompanied by the GlobalEye in the competition organized by Helsinki to replace the Finnish F18s. Indeed, the Swedish group dispatched a JAS 39 Gripen as well as a GlobalEye aerial watch plane to the Kauhava air show which is taking place this weekend near the town of Vaasa, on the shores of the Gulf of Bothnia. The Finnish HX competition is indeed one of the last in which the Swedish manufacturer can hope to place its new device, acquired to date…

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