The F-35 program still faces significant delays and additional costs

In recent months, the F-35 has won in many international competitions, including in Europe Whether in Switzerland, Finland, Canada or Germany, the Lockheed-Martin device has systematically taken over on its Western counterparts, such as the American Super Hornet, or the European Rafale, Typhoon and Gripen. Paradoxically, at the same time, the Pentagon announced that it intended to reduce the number of F-35s which will be acquired by 2025, and this in a substantial way. Indeed, despite its undeniable commercial success, the device continues to face significant delays regarding the availability of the version…

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India, Indonesia: Should we change the paradigms of the Rafale program to anticipate future success?

2021 will undoubtedly have been the year of consecration for Dassault Aviation, Safran, Thales, MBDA and the some 400 French companies forming Team Rafale, with 146 firm orders for export or in compensation for used aircraft. And 2022 could well be a good year too, with two major contracts in sight, India for its Navy on the one hand, and to strengthen its air forces on the other hand in the face of the rise in Chinese and Pakistani power. , and Indonesia, which now systematically includes the Rafale in its presentations concerning the evolution of its air force. At the same time, France itself ordered…

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Does the Euro-fundamentalism of the Ministry of the Armed Forces harm the equipment capacities of the Armies?

For nearly a decade, the Ministry of Defense, which has become the Ministry of the Armed Forces, and the Directorate General for Armaments, which oversees all industrial programs for the Armed Forces, have almost systematically given preference to a European vision of Defense programs. . Thus, during his last hearing, the General Delegate for Armaments, Joel Barre, ruled out the possibility of giving preference to Dassault Aviation's Falcon X for the replacement of the Atlantic 2 of Patrouille Maritime, if the MAWS program were to have to be done without Germany (which has just ordered 5 American P-8A Poseidons to replace its oldest P-3Cs), arguing that it…

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Could Joe Biden's “Buy American” threaten US defense exports?

Each year, the US Federal State defends $600 billion from private service providers, for multiple products and services ranging from IT to cleaning services, including consulting and rolling stock. To support the American economy, in particular as he undertakes to launch a series of vast works intended to be the pillar of the industrial and social reconstruction of the country, Joe Biden has, since January, slipped into the shoes of its disputed predecessor, by supporting the emergence of the "Buy American Act", a law which would force federal spending to be directed mainly towards national service providers, initially up to 55%,...

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Against all logic, the new light armored vehicle of the Army will be designed in European cooperation

The replacement of Light Armored Vehicles, or VBL, is today at the top of the list of programs to be launched urgently for the French Army. Designed in the 80s by the company Panhard General Defense (integrated into Arquus when the brand was created in 2018), the VBL has been part of all French commitments since its entry into service in 1990. Despite undeniable qualities, particularly in terms of mobility and scalability, the vehicle having been available in 13 versions including 7 in service with the French armies, it now marks the weight of the years in the face of tougher commitments,…

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Greek Prime Minister K. Mitsotakis confirms new order for 6 Rafale

Just a year ago, the Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, announced the order for 18 Rafale fighter planes from France, including 12 second-hand taken from the Air Force fleet and the 'Space, for an amount of €2 billion. While the first aircraft, upgraded to F3R standard, was officially transferred to the Hellenic Air Force in July, the latter has just announced, during a speech given at the 85th Thessaloniki International Fair, the order of 6 additional aircraft, in order to bring the Greek fleet to 24 aircraft, thus meeting the expectations expressed by…

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Excluded from the F35 program, Turkey reorganizes its aeronautical ambitions without the West

While the US Department of Defense had just officially notified Ankara of its definitive exclusion from the F35 program following the acquisition of S400 systems from Russia, Selcuk Bayraktar, the CTO of the company Bayraktar, well known for its drones TB2 which played a decisive role during the Turkish engagements in Syria and Libya, as well as the buts of the Azeri forces during the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict of 2020. The latter detailed the roadmap that the Turkish authorities were preparing to follow in the field of military aeronautics. And the least that can be said is that the country does not…

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Joe Biden orders US Strategic Supply Review

The American President has ordered the launch of a review aimed at precisely determining the points of dependence of American strategic industries on raw materials or components from abroad, and in particular from China. The avowed objective of this approach is to be able to implement national alternative sources of supply where necessary, more particularly concerning minerals from rare earths and other minerals essential to the Defence, particularly in the field of aeronautics and batteries, but also semiconductors used for 5G technology, artificial intelligence or for quantum computing. The fact is, the United States, like...

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F35 engine life reduced by overheating issues

Availability of America's next-generation F-35A fighter jet, already far from satisfactory, could shrink further as new issues arise, this time with the coating of the F-135 engine's turbine blades by Pratt & Whitney. Indeed, according to an article published on the Bloomberg information site, it would seem that the engine has an operating temperature higher than forecast, which would cause premature deterioration of the coating of the turbine blades, leading to the appearance of jacks. These defects threatening the integrity of the engine as well as its performance, it is necessary to limit the life of the engine or to undertake very heavy...

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The 5 strategic challenges of the French Defense Industry Supply Chain

For the general public, the French Defense Industry boils down to several well-known major players, such as Dassault Aviation, Thales or Naval Group. However, these large companies only represent a part of the National Defense Industrial and Technological Base, or BITD, which although essential, would have great difficulty in establishing itself in France as well as for export without the network of sub- dense and very competent dealing that the Defense Supply Chain represents. However, today, between the effects of the Covid-19 crisis, the difficulties in finding a banking partner or certain unfavorable arbitrations linked to international cooperation commitments, a significant part of this Supply Chain...

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