The Rafale more favorite than ever in India against the Super Hornet

In order to modernize its onboard fighter fleet, and to arm the new aircraft carrier INS Vikrant which will enter service on September 2, the Indian Navy had launched a competition initially involving 57 onboard aircraft. After initial evaluations, two aircraft were selected to continue the competition, the American Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet Block III, and the French Dassault Rafale M. The two fighters took part in particular in a springboard test campaign at the Goa naval air base at the start of the year, both having demonstrated their ability to use this type of device to take to the air without a catapult. Boeing multiplies communications with the…

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Can Digital Twins technology save SCAF and MGCS programs?

Since the beginning of 2022, the SCAF program for Future Air Combat System, which brings together Germany, Spain and France, with a view to designing the replacement for the French Rafale and the European Typhoon, has been judgment, against a background of deep disagreement over the industrial sharing around the first pillar of the program aimed at designing the NGF, Next Generation Fighter, the combat aircraft at the heart of this program. Indeed, the two major manufacturers of the program, the French Dassault Aviation and the German Airbus Defense & Space, are unable to agree on a compromise regarding the management of this pillar, initially attributed to…

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By reducing the MMRCA 57 program to 2 aircraft, India increases the Rafale's chances of winning

In 2001, New Delhi launched a very important competition aimed at acquiring 114 medium combat aircraft to replace its Mig-27 and Jaguar which were to reach their age limit by the end of the 2010s. In 2012, the Indian authorities announced the victory of the Dassault Rafale, and the start of negotiations for the local industrial production of these aircraft intended for the Indian Air Force. However, many difficulties came to handicap the discussions, in particular concerning the participation of the state industrialist HAL, leading Paris and New Delhi to announce in 2015 the cancellation of this operation, replaced by a firm order of 36 Rafale produced in France. . However,…

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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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