The head of the US Air National Guard pleads to acquire more F-15EX

Since the change of administration in Washington, the heavy fighter Boeing F-15EX is not at the party. While it was initially a question of the US Air Force ordering up to 240 copies of this air superiority fighter, certainly an evolution of the F-15 designed in the early 70s, but equipped with all the new technologies to make it a formidable perfectly modern combat aircraft, the number was first reduced to 144 copies. With the appointment of Franck Kendall Jr to the Air Force Secretariat, a fervent defender of the F-35, the NGAD and absolute technological superiority, this number was reduced to only 80 copies,…

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SCAF, MGCS: Politics regains control of Franco-German defense industrial cooperation

“Many things have been said or written in recent weeks, I think that with one sentence, we will cut it short by saying that the SCAF is a priority project. […] It is awaited as much by Berlin as by Paris and this project will be done, we cannot be more direct” In a single sentence, the French Minister of the Armed Forces, Sebastien Lecornu, cut short all speculation concerning the future of the new generation combat aircraft program undertaken by Paris, Berlin and Madrid. And to add “We need to think about what will be the fighter aviation of the future, since we…

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KAI presents a promising model of the naval version of its KF-21 Boramae fighter

While everything led to believe a few weeks ago that Seoul had abandoned the idea of ​​acquiring an aircraft carrier, the declarations of the South Korean Chief of Staff, General Kim Seung-kyum, on 19 September, gave new impetus to this ambition. Not only was the program not abandoned, but Seoul would now consider acquiring a more imposing ship, in the order of 60.000 tons, with the possibility of relying on a foreign partner to carry out the building. In addition, where the initial CVX was to implement 16 American F-35Bs, the new South Korean ship could, for its part, carry a naval version of the new ...

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The future South Korean aircraft carrier could be much larger than expected, and equipped with catapults

The least we can say is that the South Korean aircraft carrier program does not lack twists and turns. In October 2019, the South Korean Chief of Staff, General Park Han-ki, announced that the administration of President Moon Jae-In had approved the construction of two 30.000-ton aircraft carriers capable of carrying out F-35B combat aircraft, a vertical or short take-off and landing version of the famous Lockheed-Martin aircraft, used in particular by the US Marines Corps but also the Royal Air Force, the Japanese air self-defense forces and the Italian naval aeronautics. A year later, in 2020, there was no longer any question of 2 aircraft carriers…

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Poland orders 48 FA-50 light fighters from South Korea

Last July, Warsaw announced a comprehensive agreement with Seoul for a vast partnership in defense equipment, including 180 K2 Black Panther medium tanks and 670 K9 Thunder self-propelled guns, as well as an ambitious program of industrial cooperation and technology transfer. In addition to armor, the Polish authorities had also announced that they were in negotiations with their South Korean counterparts to acquire 48 FA-50 Golden Eagle light fighters, a single-engine two-seater combat aircraft derived from the training aircraft and attack TA-50. Obviously, the negotiations were carried out with flying drums, since barely two months later, Warsaw formalized this order for…

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4 arguments in favor of the development of a new French Mirage fighter

Whether or not it comes to an end, the SCAF next-generation combat aircraft program bringing together Germany, Spain and France will not see the light of day before the end of the 2040s, and probably even at the beginning. of the 2050s, by the admission of Eric Trappier, CEO of Dassault Aviation. It must be said that for the French aircraft manufacturer, but also for its German counterpart Airbus DS, this new date is far from lacking in meaning. It is indeed in 2050 that the replacement of a majority of the Rafale and Typhoon, but also of the F-35A sold recently, will begin to be considered. However, the SCAF Next Generation Fighter…

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Hardiness once again becomes an asset for Defense equipment

Technology or mass? This question has been central to the planning efforts of all major armies around the world for the past 50 years, each of these attributes having their strengths and weaknesses. Thus, technology significantly increases the efficiency and versatility of equipment, as well as their survivability, but induces an increase in design and non-linear production costs, and sometimes operational dead ends, as was the case for several major American programs. in recent decades such as the Zumwalt destroyers, the Littoral Combat Ships and the US Army's GCV program. Each time these...

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Arrow 3, KF-51 Panther, F-35..: Germany turns its back on France without saying so

For several months, the Franco-German defense industrial cooperation programs have suffered from a deep industrial divergence, as is the case of the opposition between Dassault Aviation and Airbus DS in the field of the new combat aircraft program SCAF generation, or between Nexter and Rheinmetall in that of the combat tank program of the future MGCS. In addition, Berlin has distanced itself or even withdrawn from certain cooperation, such as the MAWS maritime patrol aircraft program scuttled by the acquisition of American P-8A Poseidons, the program for the evolution of the combat helicopter Tiger 3 which will only be produced by Paris and Madrid (but to which the…

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For the US Air Force, it is now F-35 all!

Just 3 years ago, under the impetus of the Director of Acquisitions at the time, Dr. Will Roper, the US Air Force embarked on a very daring industrial approach, based on short and limited programs, more competition between manufacturers, as well as shortened life cycles for its flying materials. This model had also seduced the American general staff, who saw in it the means of solving its problems of relative costs concerning the implementation of a fleet of F-35 beyond 1200 units, by relying on less advanced aircraft but with more suitable performance such as the Boeing F-15EX, or…

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LPM 2023: 5 technological Quickwins to strengthen the French Armies in the face of High Intensity

We come to the conclusion of this series of articles devoted to the issues, risks and opportunities that frame the design of the next Military Programming Law. In recent days, through the voice of the Minister of the Armed Forces Sebastien Lecornu, certain tracks have been revealed as to the priority objectives of this LPM, such as the doubling of the operational reserve (Hypothesis 1 of the article "The" Army at the crossroads paths”), and like the reorganization of the industrial effort in order to reinforce the strategic autonomy of the country. It is obvious that the greatest unknown, to date, remains the organization, the financing and the scale of this effort, subjects which…

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