With its Super Hornet Block III, Boeing offers super-connected aircraft capable of countering stealth threats

On May 8, Boeing released a video showing the first F/A-18F Super Hornet Block III leaving the factory. Presenting numerous technical developments, the Block III should succeed the Super Hornet Block II at the end of the year, the last units of which were delivered to the US Navy on April 17th. This aircraft is the first of two Block III Super Hornets intended for flight testing for the benefit of the US Navy. It will thus gradually receive all the equipment specific to the Block III standard, allowing the first fully equipped aircraft to be delivered in the months to come. Compared to Block...

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Pending T-7A Red Hawk, USAF will lease other type of advanced training aircraft

In September 2018, the USAF selected the bid from Boeing and Saab to design its new advanced training aircraft under the TX program. About 350 T-7A Red Hawks are planned in total, as well as about fifty simulators. However, the new device should not be operational before 2024. However, by then, the US Air Force plans to radically modify the training program of its pilots. To be able to test its new equipment and procedures, the USAF should soon rent a small number of aircraft with capabilities similar to those of the T-7 Red Hawk. Ironically, therefore, it is the devices that lost the TX competition that are…

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Cooperative engagement: a nuclear submarine designates a target for the benefit of the Rafale fighter from the French aircraft carrier

Since its departure from Toulon on January 22, the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle has been busy in the Mediterranean and then in the North Atlantic, as we have already mentioned in our lines. Between anti-terrorist operations, diplomatic demonstration maneuvers and other combined exercises, the French carrier strike group (GAN) is also used to test and validate new tactical capabilities. This was particularly the case on March 17 when the nuclear attack submarine (SNA) participating in the usual escort of the Charles de Gaulle was used to designate a (simulated) surface target for the benefit of the Rafale M fighters. of the aircraft carrier, as part of…

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Coronavirus crisis: why is Russia helping Italy?

With nearly 70.000 confirmed cases of Covid-19, Italy is currently the second country most affected by the coronavirus pandemic, behind China. Unfortunately, the epidemic seems to have claimed even more victims than in China, with nearly 7000 deaths from the coronavirus on Italian territory. In such a context, and while its European neighbors are also in the grip of the epidemic, Rome finally appealed for international aid, in particular towards China, Cuba and Russia. For the past few weeks, while the epidemic seems to be settling in the Wuhan region, the People's Republic of China has not been lacking…

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Is the Internet of Thins a Trojan in the hands of the FSB?

The question may seem highly touted, however, it is legitimate, if we are to believe the publications made by the collective of Russian hackers Digital Revolution on its Twitter account. And to support his statements, he publishes in a shared folder several word documents and a set of screenshots taken, according to them, on servers belonging to the FSB, the Russian intelligence and security services. The documents presented show the existence of a suite of hacking tools based on the BotNet Fronton, and specialized in taking control of connected objects to transform them into attack platforms in denial of access, or DDOS, servers…

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The US Army develops a revolutionary new quantum multispectral antenna

The applications of quantum mechanics are barely beginning to appear and already, in the world of La Défense, they are opening up paths likely to profoundly modify military technology in the decades to come. We have already made use of the information processing capabilities offered by quantum computers, as well as the advanced detection capabilities of quantum radars. But the technology currently under development within the Army Research Laboratory dependent on the US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, could have very concrete applications in the short term in terms of intelligence and electronic warfare, but also communication, in the forces. In…

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Does the Gripen E / F presented by Saab have the slightest chance in Canada?

This Monday, March 2, the Swedish manufacturer Saab officially confirmed its candidacy for the Canadian call for tenders aimed at replacing 88 F/A-18 Hornet combat aircraft (designated CF-188 locally). For this, Saab offers its Gripen E/F, a modernized version of the Gripen C/D also offered in Finland to replace, here too, the F/A-18 Hornet. In itself, the announcement is not a surprise, Saab having never hidden its intention to apply in Canada. In the end, the Swede will be the only European candidate for this competition, where he will face the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet from Boeing and the F-35 from Lockheed Martin. Indeed, Dassault Aviation had announced its…

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What really happened to the F-35s deployed in Finland?

In a previous article, we returned to the remarks of the Finnish HX Program Manager, Lauri Puranen, who commented on the problems encountered by the F-35 within the framework of the operational evaluation carried out by the Finnish air force within the framework of the HX-Fighters competition. He then confirmed what many observers and “spotters” had revealed: four aircraft were expected at Pirkkala air base, but only two arrived. Worse still, one of these two aircraft would have suffered an undetailed damage preventing it from carrying out its test flights, the plane being repaired only in time for its return trip to the USA. Difficult on this...

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With the F4 standard, the Rafale becomes a new generation digital combat aircraft!

Entering service in the early 2000s, first in the French Navy and then in the Air Force, the Rafale is today the spearhead of the French air force, and it will remain so for several decades. several dozen devices still to be delivered, not to mention the additional orders to come. This longevity, the Rafale will owe it on the one hand to the end of the Cold War, which stopped the usual rate of renewal of combat aircraft, but also and above all to its very design, which allows it to be updated. regularly, incrementally, without major structural modification. Since a year,…

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Germany cancels order of MQ-4C Triton drones in favor of Global 6000 aircraft

The news surprised even the most attentive observers of the PEGASUS file (Persistent German Airborne Surveillance System). According to DefenseNews, citing official German sources, Berlin has canceled its decision to buy four HALE (High Altitude, Long Endurance) MQ-4C Triton drones from the American Northrop-Grumman. The contract, valued at $2,5 billion, was ultimately not signed, with the German choice seeming to go instead to a dedicated variant of Canadian Bombardier's Global 6000 business jet. This announcement, if confirmed, will then close the incredible soap opera of the Q-4 Global Hawk / Triton in Germany, which began nearly 20 years ago and has…

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