Can we save the European SCAF next-generation fighter program?

Announced in 2017 by Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel, the SCAF program for Future Air Combat System aims to develop, by 2040, a new generation combat aircraft (the 6th at the last count), the Next Generation Fighter, as well as a a set of systems designed to provide the aircraft with unparalleled operational capabilities. Since its launch, the program has found itself on several occasions faced with major difficulties, whether related to political arbitration and in particular to the requirements of the German Bundestag, to the difficult industrial sharing between the 3 participating countries (Germany, France and Spain) and the conceptual and doctrinal differences between the armed forces…

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Naval Group's Gowind 2500 corvette still favorite in Greek competition

After the Italian Fincantieri with a lighter version of the Doha-class light frigates, and Lockheed-Martin with the age-old MMSC, it is now up to the British Babcock to try to enter the Greek competition to locally build 5 corvettes to the Hellenic Navy. Like the American Lockheed-Martin, Babcock is offering the same ship in Athens as the one offered in the "Frigate" competition which saw the success of the FDI Belharra, in this case a less well-armed and equipped version. of its 140 ton ArrowHead 5.700 frigate which has been retained by the Royal Navy for the Type 31 class,…

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Chinese Armies Experiment With Weapons Designed To Destroy Ports

In order to counter the rise of the Chinese armies, the Pentagon has decided to rely on smaller, more mobile and better interconnected units via the now well-known Joint All-Domain Command and Control doctrine, or JADC2. This doctrine makes it possible in particular to reduce the risks of massive strikes against large gatherings of forces, while maintaining a very significant capacity for concentration of fire and coordination of forces. But this one suffers from a weakness, a much more fragmented logistics, and therefore cumbersome and complex. Thus, in a theater like the Western Pacific, each of the US detachments having taken position on…

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The F-35B, a real success but a severe handicap for the Joint Strike Fighter program

On October 3, 2021, after a year-long modernization program, the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Forces' assault helicopter carrier Izumo saw the first sight of an F-35B combat aircraft. United States Marine Corps Lightning II take off from its flight deck (main illustration photo), some 76 years after the last plane of the Empire of Japan left the deck of an aircraft carrier of the Imperial Japanese Navy. After the United States, Great Britain and Italy, it is the 4th country to implement Lockheed-Martin's American stealth fighter with vertical or short take-off and landing from an aircraft carrier, corn…

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With the ARCAS, Elbit propels the infantry soldier into the future

Science-fiction cinema is rich in futuristic weapons, capable of locating a concealed target, of turning a beginner into an experienced Sniper, or of coordinating and presenting information from the battlefield. If James Cameron imagined it, the Israeli company Elbit has transformed this vision into a very real assault rifle, the ARCAS, which will be presented next week at the DSEI show in London. And in fact, the Assault Rifle Combat Application System indeed offers a promise of capabilities unmatched by existing infantry weapons, even the most modern, by bringing together in a single piece of equipment, an assault rifle, an Electro- optical…

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The US Army will experiment with 107 new technologies during the Convergence 2021 project

Like the US Navy and the US Air Force, the US Army simultaneously develops several hundred Research and Development programs with often very disparate ambitions and schedules. And like its counterparts, it must validate its cooperative capabilities in application of the new Joint All-Domain Command and Control doctrine, or JADC2, which frames the strategic and tactical evolution of American military operations in the years and decades to come. To do this, since last year it has been organizing a major exercise every autumn, called the "Convergence Project", specifically intended to validate the cooperative capacities of some of its programs, as well as to assess their operational added value...

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For the US Army, it becomes urgent to replace the anti-aircraft systems Patriot and Stinger

Over the past 4 years, Raytheon and the US State Department have managed to convince 4 European countries to acquire the MIM-104 Patriot anti-aircraft and anti-missile system: Sweden, Romania and Poland in 2017 and 2018 , and more recently Switzerland in a competition which opposed the American system to the Franco-Italian SAMP/T. In total, there are today 6 European member countries of NATO which implement this system, to which are added Sweden and Switzerland, which are or will soon be equipped with this system. The FIM-92 Stinger portable system equips 9 European armed forces. These two systems...

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NATO calls for a rapprochement of the SCAF, Tempest and NGAD programs

No, it is not a question of merging the 3 programs! (this should cut short many comments from people who have only read the title). That being said… On the occasion of a conference organized by The Atlantic Council, an American organization whose aim is to promote the effectiveness of NATO and the transatlantic link, General Tod Wolters, the current Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, or SACEUR, has come out in favor of bringing together the 3 so-called 6th generation combat air system programs currently in development, namely the US Air Force's Next Generation Air Dominance or NGAD, the Future Combat Air...

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US Navy Validates Many Aspects of Drone Cooperation During Exercise UxS IBP

The US Navy expected a lot from the exercise Pacific Fleet Unmanned Systems Integrated Battle Problem 21, or UxS IBP, which was the first full-scale experiment concerning the use of drones and manned ships and aircraft in the naval field. We now know more about the nature of the exercises that have been carried out, and about the results, which seem very promising, obtained, and this in various fields ranging from the firing of anti-ship missiles beyond the horizon to the deployment from a swarm of anti-ship drones, to a simulation of submarine hunting. The results obtained will allow Admiral Gilday, Chief of Naval Operations of the US…

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The US Navy is experimenting on a large scale with cooperation between ships and autonomous systems

According to Admiral Gilday, Chief of Naval Operations for the US Navy, the exercise involving the heavy destroyer USS Michael Monsoor (Zumwalt-class), 4 Burke-class destroyers, 2 Littoral Combat Ship, the submarine USS USS Hampton and the LPD USS Anchorage, as well as the two robotic ships Sea Hunter and Seahawk (in illustration of reception with the USS Monsoor in the background), off the coast of California, represent a decisive step in the implementation of cooperation between automated systems and piloted systems for the US Navy, and will profoundly influence the very conception of the evolution of the US fleet in the years to come. Named Pacific Fleet's Unmanned…

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