India suspends order for 10 Russian Ka-31 naval helicopters

Since the beginning of the conflict in Ukraine, it is common to read that Russia is unanimously against it in the world, with the exception of a few satellite dictatorships, such as Syria or Venezuela. While it is true that during the votes at the United Nations, a majority of countries supported the motions against Moscow, many countries, and not the least, preferred to abstain rather than take a position against Russia. This was particularly the case for China, but also for Brazil, South Africa and India, the 4 other members of the BRICS format. If New Delhi has neither condemned nor…

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Has France lost its audacity in Defense innovation?

At the start of the week, the French Defense Innovation Agency launched two calls for projects to design vagrant ammunition models. These weapons, sometimes improperly called suicide drones, mark the news in the Ukrainian conflict, with the arrival of the Switchblade 300 and 600 models and the mysterious Phoenix Ghost specially designed by the US defense industry at the request of the Ukrainians. However, the effectiveness of vagrant ammunition did not emerge during this conflict, nor even during the Nagorno Karabakh war in 2020 during which the Israeli-made Harops and Orbiters saturated the Armenian defenses. Indeed, this type of ammunition exists…

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Germany chooses the CH-47F Chinook heavy helicopter to replace its CH-53G

After more than a year of hesitation, Berlin has finally made its decision regarding the replacement of its CH-53G heavy transport helicopters. According to the German press, the German Minister of Defense Christine Lambrecht would indeed have chosen the model proposed by Boeing, the CH-47F Chinook, instead of the CH-53K, to equip the Bundeswehr. The main argument in favor of the Boeing aircraft is obviously its price for purchase but also for maintenance, Berlin planning to acquire 60 aircraft for €5 billion, whereas it would have been possible to acquire only 40 CH-53K for the same amount. In addition, the Chinook is already employed by…

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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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SMX31, Racer, Scarabée: These ultra-innovative unfunded French defense industrial programs

In the field of the defense industry, France has often demonstrated its ability to develop high-performance equipment that is sometimes several years ahead of its international competitors. But if certain successes are undeniable, as were the Light Stealth Frigates or the VAB armored vehicles, both ahead of the very perception of the need when they appeared, it has also happened, very often, that very efficient programs and in ahead of their time were ignored by the French authorities, letting slip crucial technological assets which certain competitors did not fail to seize. This is how France passed by...

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More details on the future European Tiger III combat helicopter

While it is still not known whether Berlin will choose to preserve and develop its fleet of Tiger combat helicopters, or to equip itself with American AH-64 Apaches, Airbus Helicopters has detailed the improvements that are planned on the future Tiger III standard, which should allow the aircraft to remain in service until 2035, and the arrival of a possible new European combat helicopter. Thus, this new version will integrate an advanced evolution of the aircraft's mission management, communication and cooperative engagement capabilities, with a redesigned cockpit approaching the Glass Cockpit of new generation aircraft, redundant satellite geolocation systems, etc.

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In addition to the Rafale contract, the UAE orders 12 H225M Caracal from Airbus Helicopters

Obviously, Emmanuel Macron did not travel for nothing during his express tour of the Middle East from December 2 to 4. Indeed, in addition to the historic contract of €16 billion for the delivery of 80 Rafale combat aircraft to the F4 standard and a stock of MICA NG and Scalp missiles, the United Arab Emirates has also ordered 12 H225M maneuver helicopters from France. Caracal, for an estimated amount of between €700m and €800m. This providential order for Airbus Helicopter and in particular for the Marignane site where the aircraft will be assembled, will allow the European helicopter manufacturer to pass without incident the few…

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Berlin would be interested in the American AH-64E Apache helicopter .. since 2019!

For the past few months, the Tiger 3 program, bringing together France, Spain and Germany in the framework of permanent structured cooperation, or PESCO, since November 2019, has been meeting strong headwinds, with Berlin proving more and more difficult to convince to invest in the modernization of the European combat helicopter. Indeed, according to the Bundeswehr, the device would be particularly difficult to maintain in operational condition, and would offer insufficient availability in view of the needs. Without ever questioning their own maintenance procedures and the role of the size of the fleet in the subject, Germany seemed, since then, to be more and more openly interested in the helicopter...

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New Chinese combat planes and helicopters to be unveiled soon?

As we know, the Chinese military aeronautical industry is very discreet about its development programs, and the information concerning the development of new aircraft is most often fragmented, and largely subject to interpretation. It is thus that we still do not know if and when the electronic warfare versions of the J-15 and J-16 fighter bombers, designated respectively J-15D and J-16D, and intended to be the equivalent of the EA-18G Growler American, will be declared operational and will join the squadrons of the Chinese air and naval forces. Likewise, while many factors seem to indicate that the 5th generation FC-31 fighter, in its modified version, will be the next carrier-based fighter to…

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Russian Mi-28NM combat helicopter enters the era of drones

As we know, the Russian Mil Mi-28N combat helicopter had shown certain limitations during its engagement in Syria, which led the Russian authorities to negotiate with the manufacturer a major modernization phase of the aircraft. We now know more about the important developments made to the helicopter and its weapon system, as well as the evolution of the doctrine for the use of combat helicopters by the Russian armed forces. During an interview given to the Tass Agency by Vitaly Shcherbina, the chief designer of the Mil and Kamov design offices, the latter indeed provided many clarifications on this profound modernization relating to…

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