After the Freedoms, the US Navy's Independence LCS are facing major failures

The more time passes, the more the US Navy's Littoral Combat Ship program, supposed to prefigure developments in littoral naval combat, seems to join the long list of technological and operational impasses which the Pentagon has made a specialty of over the past 30 years. . After having, in 2014, abandoned the principle of combat module which was to allow the two Freedom and Independence classes constituting the program to have advanced operational flexibility by equipping themselves, according to needs, with anti-ship warfare capabilities, anti-submarine warfare, intelligence and electronic warfare or mine warfare, the staff of the US navy has never ceased to…

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Industry, jobs, geopolitics and technology: the key points of the Rafale contract in the United Arab Emirates

The announcement of the exceptional order of 80 Rafale combat aircraft by the United Arab Emirates was received in France in a contrasting manner. As has now become the rule with each announcement of a major defense contract, a significant number of political leaders, but also NGOs, journalists and editorial writers have questioned the relevance of this contract. It is true that the same arguments are not always put forward. Thus in the case of Greece or Croatia, the reservations put forward concerned the payment capacities of the country, but also the impact on the fleet of…

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Why is the Rafale F4 standard meeting such international success?

With the announcement of the firm order for 80 combat aircraft by the United Arab Emirates, the Rafale has become, with 242 aircraft ordered for export from 6 air forces, the greatest international commercial success of its generation, clearly outclassing other aircraft of the same category such as the Eurofighter Typhoon, the Super Hornet or the Su-35, and even lighter aircraft of the same generation such as the Swedish Gripen or the American F-16 Block 70/72+ Viper. In the world, only the Lockheed-Martin F-35, which enjoys unwavering strategic support from Washington and an R&D budget 12 times greater than that of the aircraft...

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After a technological feat by Naval Group, the Perle submarine is back in Toulon

The nuclear attack submarine La Perle is joining its home port of Toulon this week, after a technological feat by Naval Group engineers and personnel, which made it possible to graft the forward section of the Saphir submarine. laid up in 2019 at the aft edge of the Pearl, after a fire destroyed the bow of the ship on June 12, 2020 while the ship was undergoing modernization and maintenance. Not only did this procedure make it possible to preserve the submarine that many considered lost, but the new building, which concerns the name of baptisms La Perle from its rear section, will be equipped with…

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What is the record of Emmanuel Macron's five-year term in terms of Defense?

With the confirmation of a new € 1,7 billion of the Army budget for the year 2022, bringing it to € 40,9 billion, i.e. an overall increase of almost € 9 billion since 2017, the government and the Minister of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly, confirm stricto-senso compliance with the 2019-2025 Military Programming Law, and the promises made by Emmanuel Macron during the previous presidential campaign

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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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F-35 costs once again in the sights of US Congress

The political and budgetary management of the defense effort of the United States is not, as one might think, the responsibility of the White House, but of Congress. This is why discussions around the draft budget presented each year by the executive give rise almost systematically to tough negotiations within Senate committees and the House of Representatives, sometimes with substantial variations in volume such as trajectory at the end of the course. This year, with a House of Representatives with a Democratic majority and a Senate with full 50-50 parity between the two major parties, is no exception to the rule.…

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Leopard 2, Leclerc, Merkava: What are modern battle tanks worth? (1/3)

Since its first appearance on the battlefields during the First World War, the battle tank has been the subject of both extreme fascination for some, and total denial for others. Over the course of the conflicts, and the appearance of new weapon systems, such as the anti-tank missile or more recently the wandering ammunition, the end of the supremacy of the tank in land combat has many times been prophesied, following the example other major armaments such as aircraft carriers or combat aircraft. However, it is clear today, as geopolitical tensions continue to grow, that the market...

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The Russian CheckMate, a commercial and operational threat for Europe

The Teasing campaign which preceded the official presentation of the new 5th generation light fighter from Russian Sukhoi had created an obvious excitement on the part of all observers of the world defense aeronautical industry. They were not disappointed, as the announcements made by Sergei Chemezov, the CEO of Rostec, were astonishing, and as the Checkmate, since it seems that this is indeed its operational name, is designed to impose itself in the air as well as in international competitions in the years to come. And as long as the announcements made yesterday in Moscow actually materialize during the test phase which must…

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By confirming the acquisition of Abrams tanks, Poland takes a strong position in Europe

Barely a few days after the Polish press aired discussions between Warsaw and Washington about a possible acquisition of Abrams M1A2 SEPv3 (or M1A2C) tanks, the Polish Ministry of Defense confirmed this morning that it had signed a memorandum of agreement to replace the 232 T-72 currently in service within 4 armored battalions by the American heavy tank, with the first deliveries which should take place as early as 2022. The exact amount of the contract, as well as its terms, have for the Time not communicated, but it would seem that a large part of the armored vehicles thus acquired would be assembled in Poland, and that a dedicated center...

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