Why would increasing the Army budget by € 24bn cost public finances less than € 3bn?

In 2021, the Ministry of the Armed Forces and the French Parliament must consult on what is called a "review clause" concerning the Military Programming Law 2019-2025 currently in progress. The objective of this procedure is to adapt to changes in needs, technologies and the international situation, the ambitions and main lines of the LPM, so as to make it more efficient. As we have already discussed, and unlike other European countries such as Italy, the Hotel de Brienne, and above all the Ministry of Finance and the Presidency of the Republic, did not consider it relevant to channel part resources dedicated to…

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Is France sacrificing part of its Defense Industry on the altar of cooperation with Germany?

It's official, the KNDS company, which brings together the French Nexter and the German Krauss-Maffei Wegman, and which was until now piloted by a two-headed structure made up of the CEO of Nexter Stephan Mayer and his counterpart from KMW, will see its structure evolve, and will now be steered by a 9-person board of directors chaired by Philippe Petitcolin, the CEO of the French engine manufacturer Safran, while the company will pass under the direction of Frank Haun, hitherto boss of KMW, who will be replaced in this position by the vice-president of the company, Ralf Ketzel, while for his part, Stéphane Mayer will leave Nexter, without his successor having been named so far.…

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UK to invest £ 2,7bn in its munitions industry

There are revealing signs of a country's strong will to take back the reins of its own defence. In recent months, several announcements by Boris Johnson's British government clearly go in this direction, such as the massive investment in the Tempest program, the increase in the Defense budget, and the announcement of a new class of frigates, the Type 32, to restore the Royal Navy to its status as the first European navy. It is precisely in this context that the announcement made today falls. Indeed, the British government has announced that it will devote not less than £2,4 billion, or €2,7 billion to the current exchange rate, for the modernization...

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US bill would ban the purchase of non-US defense equipment as early as 2026

The case caused a stir in the corridors of the Capitol in Washington. Indeed, the Armed Services Committee of the House of Representatives of the United States, the House Armed Services Committees, would make every effort to pass, within the framework of the National Defense Authorization Act, articles which would oblige the Pentagon to no longer buy equipment with less than 75% US-made components by October 2021, and would impose equipment 100% from US industry by 2026, in the spirit of the dynamic President Trump's America First. For the promoters of this law, it is above all a question of guaranteeing…

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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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The 5 criteria that make the Rafale the favorite in India

The arrival of the first 5 Rafale combat aircraft on the Indian base of Ambala at the end of July caused a media frenzy both in India and in the world, giving the French fighter a welcome aura to confront other European aircraft. , Americans and Russians, in the upcoming Indian competitions. Remember that the Dassault Aviation aircraft is present in the MMRCA 2 competition involving 114 aircraft against the European Typhoon and JAS 39 Gripen E/F, the Russian Mig35 and probably the Su-35, and the F16V (identified F21 in this competition ) and American F15EX, as well as in the competition wearing…

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Has China doubled the production of heavy fighters in 2020?

As the standoff between Beijing and Washington grows daily, a publication linked to Chinese aircraft manufacturer AVIC presents the most surprising information, according to which the group plans to build no less than 2020 J-60 heavy bomber fighters in 16. , 20 on-board J-15 general purpose fighters and 30 J-20 heavy stealth fighters, i.e. 110 aircraft, all twin-engined with a long range and a large payload capacity. In addition, work on the FC-31 medium stealth fighter intended to equip the Chinese Navy's aircraft carriers would continue. It is impossible today to separate the true from the false in...

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Has China declared the rare earth war?

Relations between Washington and Beijing have steadily deteriorated in recent years, whether it's the trade and technology clash between the two superpowers in 2018 and 2019, tensions around the island of Taiwan, or the Chinese claims in the China Sea. All of these latent oppositions now seem to crystallize into a direct opposition between the two countries, and provocations and retaliatory measures are increasing on both sides of the Pacific. Two subjects focus most of the tensions today. First, the massive support provided by the United States to Taiwan, with the sale and modernization, the latter…

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Boeing suspends production of P-19 Poseidon and KC-8 Pegasus aircraft due to Covid-46

Since the day before yesterday, Boeing factories in the state of Washington (in the North-West of the United States) began to drastically slow down their activity after the state of emergency was declared in this state. Indeed, the Seattle region is today one of the most affected by the coronavirus epidemic in the USA. As a result, as of today March 25, Boeing's production should be completely halted for a period of two weeks. For the defense sector, this mainly concerns mission aircraft based on civil airframes, in this case the P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft and the KC-46A Pegasus aerial refueling aircraft, respectively…

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130 US Congressmen Call for 24% Increase in F-35 Orders

As every year, the Pentagon publishes its provisional budget for the following fiscal year, to be validated by the American Congress. This subject has already been extensively discussed in our lines, and showed a clear decline in certain equipment allocations in order to allow the financing of other programs. Among other programs impacted by the Pentagon's decisions: Lockheed Martin's F-35 stealth fighter intended for the US Air Force, the US Navy and the US Marines Corps. If the F-35 continues to be widely supported by the American armed forces, the Pentagon has seen fit, in the face of program delays, to claim only 79…

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