Franco-German military projects: between advances and blockages

For more than ten years, France has been looking for a lasting European partner for its military collaboration projects, both operational and industrial. This began in 2010 with the Lancaster House Accords then, following the failure of a first Franco-British SCAF program, a political and industrial rapprochement between Paris and Berlin. Industrial distributions and political deadlocks In terms of military needs, the rapprochement between France and Germany very quickly became evident. Three major topics have thus emerged: SCAF: the future air combat system to replace the Rafale and Eurofighter fighters MGCS (Main Ground Combat System): replacement of the Leclerc tanks (France) and…

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US Navy launches landmark study for future of super aircraft carriers

While the US Navy is unable to design a satisfactory model for maintaining naval supremacy over China in the long term, it has launched, according to the breakingDefense.com site, a study entitled Future Carrier 2030 Task Force which wants to be decisive on the future of the aircraft carriers in its inventory, as well as the Task Force built around them. The expected results could lead the US Navy to limit the number of Ford-class super carriers currently under construction to just 4 units. This study, which as its name suggests will focus on the state of the threat and the defensive and offensive capabilities of aircraft carriers…

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The nuclear attack submarine Suffren, the future armed wing of the French Navy, begins its sea trials

We have mentioned it in recent days: the renewal of French attack submarines is well underway. On the one hand, the Suffren, the first of a new class of nuclear attack submarines, now floats freely and is currently beginning its sea trials. On the other hand, the French Navy has received its first heavy torpedoes new generation, which will constitute the main armament of these new buildings. Together, the Suffren class and the F21 torpedo will allow the replacement of the Rubis class of nuclear submarines and the F17 torpedoes, now obsolete in many respects. The opportunity for us to come back to the Barracuda program which led to the…

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Turkey on track to complete modernization of Pakistan's first Agosta-90B submarine, despite French opposition

In recent days, the Turkish and Pakistani press have returned to the modernization program for Pakistani Agosta-90B type submarines being refitted in Turkey. The Turkish company STM, in charge of the redesign of the first building, would thus have affirmed that a first modernized Agosta-90B would be launched by the end of the month "despite the sanctions and restrictions" imposed by France. The statement does not, however, specify whether its sanctions and restrictions are imposed by the French authorities or by Naval Group, the builder of the Agosta, nor whether they are exercised on the end customer (Pakistan) or on the Turkish industrialists in charge of…

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The delivery of Naval Group's new generation F21 torpedoes has started in France and Brazil

During his press conference on February 21, the boss of Naval Group Hervé Guillou, a few weeks from retirement, wanted to take stock of his mandate and the results of the French naval group in recent years. In the midst of Naval Group's major submarine and frigate programs (both in France and for export), Hervé Guillou did not fail to report the delivery of the first batch of new generation F21 heavy torpedoes. He thus evokes “the delivery of the first batch of F21 torpedoes, which is a real “game changer” in terms of heavy torpedoes, with…

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Will visual observation capabilities really be at the heart of the future maritime patrol aircraft?

In 2018, France and Germany signed a letter of intent to cooperate on the development of a new maritime patrol aircraft (PATMAR) to replace the current aircraft by 2035, the MAWS (Maritime Airborne Warfare System ). In the meantime, France will be able to count on 18 venerable ATL2, or Altantique 2, currently being renovated and always ready to ensure the safety of French naval and land operations, anywhere in the world. Last November, an article by frigate captain Molina published in the Revue de Défense Nationale drew up a composite portrait of what this PATMAR aircraft of the future could be. The model that…

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US Navy format and surface vessels inadequate to deal with China

Specializing in studies on Defense issues concerning the United States, the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, or CSBA, has just published a particularly critical study concerning the choices currently taking place in the US Navy when it comes to the constitution of its surface fleet. And the conclusion is clear: with its current format, the US Navy is unable to cope with the level of challenge posed by China on the seas and in the air. Indeed, according to the published study, the US Navy bases its surface power on large, expensive and human resource-intensive units, putting in…

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DARPA develops a surveillance sonar combining AI and biological

The US Defense Research Agency DARPA commissioned Northrop Grumman to design an underwater surveillance system based on biological elements, the PALS[efn_note]Persistent Aquatic Living Sensors[/efn_note] program. To do this, the industrialist will select and then interface biological entities that are very sensitive to variations in the marine environment with an artificial intelligence that will interpret and classify the signals, before transmitting them. The use of biological sensors will make it possible to extend not only the perceptual capacities of the system, but its resistance in the marine environment, very hostile by nature for metallic elements, for example. In addition, this approach should reduce the energy consumption of the system,…

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US Navy is looking for a buoy manufacturer

Decidedly, the American armies have problems of the rich. Thus, while the 2020 US Defense spending budget plans to acquire more than 200.000 sonobuoys to equip its maritime patrol aircraft such as the P8 Poseidon, the US Navy is not certain to have an industrialist to be able to produce. Indeed, the sonobuoys, or sunoboys, currently used by the American maritime patrol are manufactured by a single supplier, the company ERAPSCO, an American-British Joint Venture between the companies Sparton Corp in the United States, and Ultra Electronics, in Great Britain. -Brittany. This JV is scheduled to end in 2024, and neither company is able…

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China launches its 58eme Corvette Type 056 since 2012

According to the EastPendulum blog, which specializes in Chinese defense analysis, a new Type 056 corvette was launched Thursday, March 7, by Huangpu shipyards, near the city of Guanzhou. According to the count made by the author, it would be the 58th launched since the launch of the program in 2012, at an average of 8 units per year. According to several specialists, the class should consist of 64 units, consisting partly of Type 056 for surveillance and anti-ship warfare, and Type 056A, specialized in anti-submarine warfare, and equipped with a bow sonar and a towed sonar with variable depth.…

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