Florence Parly in Indonesia to negotiate the sale of Rafale and Scorpene submarines?

Since this morning, the French Minister for the Armed Forces has been in Jakarta, Indonesia on a 2-day trip which is of strategic importance for France and its defense industry. For two years now, negotiations have been under way between Paris and Jakarta on the acquisition of Rafale fighters for the Indonesian air force, and Scorpene submarines for the country's navy, in a vast effort to modernize the armed forces having resulted, in recent months, in the order of 6 FREMM frigates from the Italian fincantieri and two Arrowhead 140 frigates being built locally from the British company Babcock. The…

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The 5 assets of the Rafale against the Super Hornet for Indian naval aviation

The Rafale M1, the first aircraft in the program for French naval aviation, is today at the heart of attention for Dassault Aviation and the entire Team Rafale. Indeed, it is this aircraft which was sent on January 6 to the Indian naval air base in Goa to demonstrate its ability to be operated from a Ski-Jump type platform, and not of an aircraft carrier equipped with catapults. These tests, the first of which took place this morning and took place nominally, will last until the beginning of February and will make it possible to validate not only the capacity of…

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Competition rages on between Naval Group, Fincantieri and Damen for Greek corvettes

The competition for the construction and delivery of 5 corvettes for the Hellenic Navy could well be the repetition of the one that raged over the frigates, and which saw, finally, Athens arbitrate in favor of the Defense and Intervention Frigate or FDI Belharra of Naval Group last September, after two years of intense negotiations and sensational reversals. As before, despite the advanced discussions on this subject between the French manufacturer and the Greek authorities, the European and American competitors of Naval Group are determined not to facilitate the negotiations, with a lot of counter-proposals and…

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Swiss F-35: Rising prices and falling industrial compensation

Barely 5 months after the selection of the F-35A from Lockheed-Martin to replace the F-5 and F/A 18 of the Swiss Air Force, announcements and disappointments are accumulating for manufacturers, but also for Swiss taxpayers, who will have to put their hands on the wallet much more than initially announced to acquire the 36 American combat planes. Indeed, on the occasion of the publication of the contractual data proposed by the United States in Bern within the framework of this contract, the first slippages are already apparent, and will very probably weigh heavily in the citizens' vote which is taking shape, as well as on the parliamentary inquiry…

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India approves order for 56 Airbus C295W tactical transport aircraft

The long-awaited order having been made public in May 2015, the Indian Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) has given the green light to begin the delivery of 56 C295W tactical airlifters from Airbus Defense and Space. According to the press release, 16 aircraft will be assembled in Spain by Airbus DS and delivered within 48 months of signing the contract, while the other 40 aircraft will be assembled in India by the private group Tata, over a period of 10 years. In addition, all aircraft will be equipped with a national electronic warfare suite for…

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Will Switzerland select the F35 despite itself?

The days go by and are not alike in Bern. Indeed, while last week, the French proposal and the Rafale aircraft seemed to have won competition for the replacement of the F/A 18 Hornets and the Swiss F5 Tiger IIs, the Swiss media seem to know, since the beginning of the week, that now, the American proposal and the F35A from Lockheed-Martin would be on the way to winning the tender. According to the sources quoted by the written press as well as by the television news, this proposal would offer a "quality-price" ratio exceeding "by far" those of the other competitors. However, the term reported by Swiss journalists,…

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The new Finnish fighter plane will be chosen after a wargame

The HX competition aimed at replacing the F/A 18 Hornets of the Finnish Air Force is soon coming to an end, while all the proposals from the 5 manufacturers involved, Boeing with the F/A 18 E/F Super Hornet, Dassault with the Rafale, Eurofighter with the Typhoon, Lockheed-Martin with the F35 and Saab with the Gripen E/F, were handed over to the country's authorities this week. The choice of aircraft for this almost €10 billion contract will be made on price considerations, of course, but also on security of supply and industrial cooperation. Above all, Helsinki intends to integrate the results of the tactical evaluations of the 5 devices…

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If Athens favors Rafale over F35, can Greece be included in SCAF?

As journalist Michel Cabirol writes in La Tribune, the Greek authorities are now faced with a delicate arbitration concerning the modernization of their air fleet. On the one hand, Athens would be tempted by the acquisition of forty F35A from the American Lockheed, in order to reinforce its compatibility with the American forces and NATO and to have a device designed specifically to eliminate the opponent's air defenses. On the other hand, the extension of the Rafale fleet, after the first order for 18 aircraft signed a few days ago, would make a lot of sense, both in terms of the extended capabilities of the Rafale across the entire spectrum...

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Rafale's next delivery to India will also be an event

The delivery of the first 5 Rafale aircraft to the Indian Air Force, in July 2020, had a resounding media and popular success, to the point of representing a real national event in India. The next delivery of 3 additional devices, which will take place on November 4, could also arouse a lot of interest. In fact, in addition to the decisive role that the new aircraft is called upon to play in deterrence and in the air force of the Indian Air Force while tensions with Pakistan and China continue to grow, this delivery will be in it -even spectacular, since the 3 fighter planes will make the journey between…

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South Korea pulls out all the stops to sell K2 Black Panther tank to Poland

If the acquisition of South Korean K2 Black Panther tanks by Poland was, a few weeks ago, only a working hypothesis, it has since become more credible, given the disagreements on the Polish participation in the Franco-German next-generation tank program MGCS. The very detailed and most attractive proposal made by Seoul in Warsaw this week now gives it a most probable status. Indeed, the South Korean authorities have obviously fully perceived the military, industrial, political and budgetary needs of their Polish counterparts, by proposing an offer tailored to win the decision. So, the K2PL, such is…

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