UAE Suspends F-35 Purchase Negotiations

Then in the middle of the electoral campaign for his re-election to the White House, Donald Trump scored a big blow in the summer of 2020 by announcing the signing of a peace agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel, an agreement which was quickly joined by other Sunni Gulf monarchies in an effort to normalize relations with the Jewish state after several decades of tension over the Palestinian cause. If the points of convergence were numerous, in particular about the potential risk posed by the Iranian nuclear program, the United Arab Emirates took the opportunity to negotiate with Donald Trump the sale of Defense technologies hitherto reserved...

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By cloning XQ-98A Valkyrie drone, China highlights weakness in US strategy

In a tweet posted Sept. 29, Acting Under Secretary of the Army Christopher Lowman marveled at the operational superiority the U.S. armed forces will have on the battlefield in the near future when F- 35, drones and cruise missiles will simultaneously strike targets engaged by US ground troops using precision long-range munitions, all thanks to a constant, real-time exchange of information from all units, and advances in Artificial Intelligence. It obviously refers to the Joint All-Domain doctrine which today represents the pivot of the strategy...

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Victims of giant computer hacking, US agencies point to Russia

The case caused a stir across the Atlantic. Indeed, several of the most important American government agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security, were hacked for several months by a team of hackers who potentially had access to all the emails and documents exchanged by these agencies, creating one of the biggest security breaches the United States has seen in decades. In addition to the methods employed by the hackers and the potentially leaked data, the Department of National Security is now trying to determine the origin of the hack, and it seems that all roads lead to Moscow. It is through an Orion software platform…

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These tacit clauses that accompany the agreement between Israel and Abu Dabi

The diplomatic agreement signed on August 13 between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, which the readers of Meta-Defense could however anticipate, has undoubtedly reshuffled the cards on the Middle Eastern theater, creating a militarily powerful axis to counter possible regional aspirations of Tehran, or the dangerous maneuvers of Qatar and its Turkish ally. Axis which Bahrain joined a few days ago, in turn signing an agreement with Jerusalem. However, beyond the agreement itself, with its share of diplomatic actions and commercial relations, there are also, obviously, unwritten, yet very valid clauses linking the two...

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With the KRAKEN, Turgis & Gaillard offers a revolutionary boat for the special forces

Four days ago, meetings for defense innovation were organized in Morbihan, under the impetus of Deputy Jean-Michel Jacques, vice-president of the Defense Commission. The opportunity for the Turgis & Gaillard group to present the KRAKEN, an assault craft for the special forces equipped with a new concept called “variable buoyancy”. The Turgis & Gaillard group The Turgis & Gaillard group was founded in 2011 and already has nearly 250 employees spread throughout France, particularly in Morbihan through the Navale et Industrie Lorientaise site. In a few years, the group has been able to develop in all…

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South Korea: additional Falcon 2000s and Boeing 737s to boost electronic surveillance capabilities

In recent days, South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has approved the purchase of additional surveillance aircraft from foreign suppliers, for a total of around $737 billion. Even if the type of aircraft has not been specified, the acquisition plan would logically involve the purchase of two additional Boeing 2000 Peace Eyes, as well as four Falcon 737S produced by the French company Dassault Aviation. Indeed, the South Korean Air Force (Republic of Korea Air Force – ROKAF) already operates four Boeing 2000 Peace Eye and two Falcon XNUMXS in “Baekdu” configuration, which should facilitate the entry into service of the six new planes...

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Will Covid-19 get the better of European intelligence diplomacy?

“It is a question of European sovereignty. As soon as we wish to gain in strategic defense capability, it is necessary to gain in intelligence capability”. It was at the end of February when he officially signed in Zagreb, Croatia. “Unprecedented, long-term cooperation for the security of European democracies”, the Intelligence College in Europe (ICE) wanted to be “the common reply to the complexity of the asymmetrical cyber, terrorist and destabilization threats emanating from Russia or China. via 5G networks. Three months after the pleas of the representatives of internal and external services of the 23 signatory countries[1], the informal “diplomatic” body promoted by Emmanuel Macron is…

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US withdrawal from Open Skies threatens nuclear weapons control and Baltic security

Last week, the New York Times announced that the Trump administration wanted to withdraw the United States from the “Open Skies” treaty. Although this international agreement now plays a minor role in arms control, it is still highly symbolic and contributes directly to the security of certain allies of the United States, in particular the Baltic countries. For the White House, the American withdrawal would be justified by the lack of transparency and the repeated violations of Russia vis-à-vis the Open Skies agreements, as we mentioned in our previous article on this subject. In the middle of an election year, and while Donald Trump still presents himself as a negotiator…

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As discreet as it is strategic, the X-37B is back in orbit

Last Saturday, the brand new US Space Force carried out its second space launch since its creation. But unlike the launch in March, United Launch Alliance's Atlas 5 rocket this time carried no communication satellite but one of the two mysterious Boeing X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle space planes. This is the sixth flight of the X-37B since 2010. The previous mission, which ended in October 2019, saw the Boeing space drone beat its own record of 780 days spent in orbit (see the file we dedicated to the X-37B following this flight). If the X-37B is…

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The Swiss army is questioning the operational capabilities of the F-35A as part of its Air2030 tender

A few weeks ago, Lockheed Martin's F-35 stealth fighter was once again in the news when DefenseNews confirmed that the use of afterburner - an engine over-revving to reach high speeds - was damaging the structure of the F-35B and F-35C intended for the Marines and the Navy when the plane reached supersonic speeds. The induced heat indeed caused damage to the rear structure of the planes, which then damaged the sensors and removed the stealth of the device. To correct the problem, the Pentagon had simply decided to... restrict the use of these devices at supersonic speeds, making them incapable...

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