Faced with the absence of a comprehensive recovery plan, British industrialists are getting impatient and urging London to act

Two months after the appeal launched by Paul Everitt – director of the association ADS representing the aerospace and defense industries of the United Kingdom – to the government authorities to demand “urgent measures” and similar to those taken by the French and German governments to their respective BITDs, it is now the turn of the Confederation of Shipbuilding and Engineering Unions (CSEU) to raise their voices in the face of the British executive's silence. Bringing together no less than 100.000 industrial and manufacturing workers in the aerospace, shipbuilding, defense and transport sectors – some of whom evolve…

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Israel Defense Forces to Oppose Sale of F35 to UAE

According to the Israeli site Haaretz, citing official sources, the particularly active Israeli lobbying in the United States to prevent the United Arab Emirates or any other Arab state from acquiring the F35 will be maintained, even if some sources fear that Prime Minister Netanyahu has consented to the transaction in a secret agreement. Dubai has, in fact, expressed its interest in acquiring high-tech devices, such as the F35 is supposed to be, on several occasions, having systematically come up against American refusal conditioned by the extremely powerful political lobbying of American Jewish circles. and their allies. For the Hebrew State, it is indeed,…

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By winning on the new Typhoon radar, the Spanish Indra strengthens its position in the SCAF program

According to a press release from the Spanish on-board avionics company Indra, the latter would have been granted a position of co-developer, with the German Hensoldt, concerning the new Captor-E radar with active electronic antenna which will equip the new versions of the hunter. Eurofighter Typhoon, as well as modernized versions. This announcement will allow the Spanish company to co-develop and co-produce the 130 radars ordered as part of the modernization of the 130 German-Spanish Eurofighters planned over the decade, but also to equip some 110 new aircraft announced as soon ordered by the Luftwaffe for the replacement of part of its Tornado and Typhoon Tranche I…

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What is the deferred Rafale contract that Dassault CEO Eric Trappier referred to?

On the occasion of the presentation of the half-year results to the group's shareholders, Eric Trappier, CEO of Dassault Aviation since 2013, referred to a contract relating to the sale of Rafale aircraft for export, a contract which would have been postponed until due to the health crisis linked to COVID-19, without specifying which country this potentially imminent order for the French plane came from. The opportunity of course to take an overview of the competitions and negotiations in progress involving the Rafale, to deduce, if possible, who could be this mysterious client to which Eric Trappier referred La Suisse Après la 2014 vote...

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As French supply of FDI frigates bogged down, US launches offensive in Greece

In an article published in La Tribune last week, journalist Michel Cabirol depicted a more than problematic situation regarding the future of negotiations between France and Greece regarding the contract for the acquisition of two FDI frigates. According to the information obtained by our colleague, Athens would have been surprised by the price offered by Paris, which was well above the discussions that the Greek state had had so far with French industrialists, while France would still not be able to propose a solution. acceptable and solid funding for this program. However, it is impossible to make a relevant judgment on the price…

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Rafale: five planes took off this morning for Ambala air base, India

Since the beginning of spring, India and China have been going through a deep military and diplomatic crisis in the Himalayas, which has already claimed dozens of lives. In this particularly tense context, the two major Asian powers are strengthening their forces in the region in order to prepare for a possible military confrontation. As we have already mentioned in a dedicated analysis, the strengthening of the Indian military posture notably involves the urgent ordering of new Russian planes but, above all, the accelerated delivery of Rafale combat planes, produced by the French group Dassault Aviation. According to what had been announced in recent weeks,…

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By ignoring the Airbus Helicopters RACER, Europeans could miss the next technological leap in air combat

The Airbus Helicopters RACER is a rapid and economical helicopter demonstrator (Rapid And Cost-Effective Rotorcraft) supported by the European Clean Sky project. It is also on the Clean Sky website that an inventory of the RACER program was published on March 20th. It would thus seem that the development of the first demonstrator is encountering two major technical difficulties, but that the schedule for the program as a whole should not be upset. Final adjustments before the start of testing The two elements affected by significant design delays are the main gearbox and the side shaft lines. Concretely, the delay accumulates…

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Faced with Turkish interference in Libya, Egypt could once again buy heavy weapons in France

While diplomatic and commercial relations between France and Egypt have been at their worst since January 2019, it would seem that Turkey's actions in Libya and the Mediterranean have ended up bringing Cairo and Paris closer together, annoyed by the interference of 'Ankara in the region. This is in any case what reports Michel Cabirol, of the newspaper "La Tribune", always well informed on this file. From 2013, France quickly became one of Egypt's main arms suppliers. In a few years, Paris sold Cairo two Mistral-type helicopter carriers, a FREMM frigate, four Gowind corvettes (including three built on…

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Australia: Airbus Helicopters and Bell want to place their helicopters with the special forces

Two years ago, Australia issued a request for information from the main Western helicopter manufacturers. As part of "Project Land 2097 Phase 4", the Australian armed forces plan to purchase at least sixteen "4-ton class" helicopters to support the country's special forces, both for counter-terrorism operations in Australia only for overseas operations. While a call for tenders was initially scheduled for the end of 2019, candidates finally have until July 11, 2020 to submit their proposals. And, for now, only two manufacturers have announced their intention to compete in this very specific market: Bell and Airbus Helicopters. Corn…

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Could the Turkish S-400s be bought by the United States?

The proposal would have something to smile about if it did not come from the American Senate: the United States could buy back the S-400 anti-aircraft defense systems of Russian origin recently delivered to Turkey. As part of an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2021 (an annual federal law that specifies the budget and expenditure items of the US Department of Defense), Republican Senator John Thune has indeed proposed that S- 400 Turks are purchased with the US Army budget, which would normalize relations between Ankara and Washington and resume deliveries of F-35 fighter planes to…

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