Taiwan is also developing a new fighter inspired by the American F-35

Whether you like Lockheed Martin's F-35 Lighting II stealth fighter or not, it is clear that the American aircraft has inspired many programs around the world since it entered service. We already knew the South Korean K-FX program with the KF-21 Boramae presented last year, the Turkish TF-X program which today is encountering major difficulties following Western sanctions, or even the Japanese FX, which today seems to be getting closer to the British Tempest. Beyond the Western sphere, there is little doubt that the Lighting II inspired the future Chinese J-35 which will equip the aircraft carriers of Beijing, while the program…

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An American-Italian engine for the Eurodrone, an industrial and technological heresy

For several months, the Medium Altitude Long Endurance, or MALE, European drone program bringing together France, Germany, Italy and Spain, had been on hold, awaiting the budgetary green light from Madrid, and the final choice of its propulsion solution. While Spain confirmed its financial participation a few weeks ago, the choice announced by Airbus DS of the Catalyst engine, manufactured in Italy by Avio Aero but designed in the United States by General Electric, to the detriment of the Ardiden 3TP engine from French Safran , has created a deep movement of discontent within the French defense industry. The Catalyst turboprop, rated at 850…

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UK Tempest and Japanese FX programs are getting even closer

The British government of Boris Johnson is particularly active on defense issues and in the field of international industrial cooperation. Whether it is the AUKUS alliance with possible cooperation with Australia in the field of nuclear submarines, the opening of the Tempest program to certain European partners, or the rapprochement with the American program Futur Vertical Lift , Great Britain has multiplied the announcements in recent months, with some success it must be recognized. And one of the greatest successes today is based on the rapprochement in London and Tokyo around the FX program for the next generation Japanese fighter, with the signing of a cooperation protocol, end…

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Pakistan cancels order for Turkish T-129 helicopters to switch to Chinese Z-10

In 2018, the Turkish aeronautical industry had achieved remarkable success by signing with Pakistan the sale of 30 T-129 ATAK combat helicopters, a locally made helicopter derived from the Italian A-129 Mangusta. This $1,5 billion contract was then the largest export contract ever won by this industry, allowing Ankara to nurture the hope of positioning itself as an international player in this market firmly held by the Americans, Europeans and Russians for several decades. With the military intervention in Syria, and the acquisition of batteries of S-400 anti-aircraft systems from Moscow, Turkey has however, from 2019, been the subject…

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Turkey sinks into denial over defense programs

By dint of wanting to play on several fronts at the same time, Ankara now seems to see the prospects for its ambitious defense programs come up against the reality of international relations. Thus, within the framework of the T-FX program aimed at designing a new generation fighter bomber to replace the oldest F-4 and F-16, and which still expects to produce a first prototype by 2023, the director of industries Turkish defense forces, Ismail Demir, announced on December 4 that the new device would be powered, in its initial version, by the F-110 reactor from the American General Electric, the reactor which notably equips the F-16…

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Why is the Rafale F4 standard meeting such international success?

With the announcement of the firm order for 80 combat aircraft by the United Arab Emirates, the Rafale has become, with 242 aircraft ordered for export from 6 air forces, the greatest international commercial success of its generation, clearly outclassing other aircraft of the same category such as the Eurofighter Typhoon, the Super Hornet or the Su-35, and even lighter aircraft of the same generation such as the Swedish Gripen or the American F-16 Block 70/72+ Viper. In the world, only the Lockheed-Martin F-35, which enjoys unwavering strategic support from Washington and an R&D budget 12 times greater than that of the aircraft...

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What consequences for France if the SCAF and Tempest programs merged?

After his German counterpart Lt General Ingo Gerhartz, it is the turn of General Luca Goretti, the Chief of Staff of the Italian Air Force, to declare that, according to him, the European programs of 6th generation combat aircraft SCAF (for Future Combat Air System) which brings together Germany, Spain and France, and FCAS (for Future Combat Air System, the same acronym) which brings together Great Britain, Italy and Sweden , will be expected to merge in the more or less near future. According to the Italian general officer, given the industrial and budgetary issues, and the proximity of programs, industrial players and countries,…

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Safran and Rolls-Royce face to face to power the new generation AMCA Indian fighter

Launched in 2010, the new generation Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft or AMCA medium fighter program undoubtedly has many ambitions in New Delhi and the entire Indian military aeronautical industry. The first prototype is expected for 2024, and industrial production, if the current schedule were to be respected, plans to enter service for the end of the decade, in order to take over from the older Su-30 MKIs. If HAL and the entire Indian industry now have the necessary skills to develop the cell, the flight controls or the avionics and weapon systems of the aircraft, there remains…

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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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The most anticipated novelties of the Chinese airshow in Zhuhai

From December 28 to October 3, the China Air Show will be held in Zhuhai, near Macao on the southern coast of China. Traditionally focused primarily on the presentation of Chinese equipment in the aeronautical field and, more broadly, Defense, the 2021 edition could be a milestone, with many new programs announced, as well as exclusive presentations of devices and models. . While the show has not yet started, many set-ups have created significant interest from…

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