UK wants more F-35Bs and A400Ms

Like most European armies, British military forces suffered the backlash of the benefits of peace at the budgetary level between the mid-90s and the 2010s. On the other hand, due to the significant British participation in the Second World War Gulf, and in the Afghanistan campaign, these quickly eroded their operational reserves, to the point of being on the verge of a global capability rupture at the start of the 2010s. maritime patrol or on-board naval air capacity, London undertook in 2012 to increase its investments, so as to reconstitute and modernize the…

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Spain officially denies interest in American F-35

Clearly, the information that leaked last week about a possible acquisition by Spain of 50 F-35s, 25 in version B for its aircraft carrier Juan Carlos I, and 25 in version A to replace some of its F/A 18 Hornets, generated a lot of commotion between Madrid, Berlin and Paris. Indeed, the spokesperson for the Spanish Ministry of Defense officially denied the veracity of this announcement, and insisted that Madrid was fully committed to the SCAF program which brings together the 3 countries, leaving no option to join another program like the F-35. This advert…

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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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Britain's Rolls-Royce could participate in Japanese FX program

Already essential pivot of the British Tempest program for which it must design a new generation turbojet engine, the British company Rolls-Royce would have, according to confidences collected by a journalist from the Japanese site Asahi.com, joined the development team of the new program of next-generation Japanese fighter currently designated under the code name FX. The British engine manufacturer will assist Japanese companies to develop the turbojet engine that will power this 5th generation twin-engine fighter intended to replace the hundred or so Mistubishi F2s currently in service with the Japanese air self-defense forces, as well as the F15J, thanks to a dimension of air superiority very largely…

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Great Britain conditions new order for F35B on lower maintenance costs

While the Royal Air Force's F35Bs began the aircraft's first operational missions and strikes from the aircraft carrier Queen Elizabeth II, targeting Islamic State targets in the Middle East, the Minister of La British defense, Ben Wallace, has weighted these previous statements regarding future orders for the Lockheed-Martin aircraft. According to the Conservative minister, these new orders will only come into effect once the integration of the Meteor long-range air-to-air missile has been completed and validated on board the new aircraft. Above all, he announced, on June 23, that these will only take place once the maintenance and upgrade costs…

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US Air Force sends F-16s armed with active ammunition to China Sea

The rhetoric of diplomats and political leaders about the crises that are shaking the world today is one thing. But certain signs speak much more of the reality of these tensions. This is the case when the US Air Force sends on a mission in the China Sea, F16s from Misawa Air Base on the northern coast of Japan, patrolling the South China Sea for several hours, heavily armed for air-to-air missions with active munitions. This is precisely what was the case a few days ago, when 4 F16s from the Wild Weasel squadrons returned to their base in…

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F35 engine life reduced by overheating issues

Availability of America's next-generation F-35A fighter jet, already far from satisfactory, could shrink further as new issues arise, this time with the coating of the F-135 engine's turbine blades by Pratt & Whitney. Indeed, according to an article published on the Bloomberg information site, it would seem that the engine has an operating temperature higher than forecast, which would cause premature deterioration of the coating of the turbine blades, leading to the appearance of jacks. These defects threatening the integrity of the engine as well as its performance, it is necessary to limit the life of the engine or to undertake very heavy...

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Aircraft carriers, anti-missile systems, combat aircraft: Seoul reveals its ambitions for the coming decade

Unlike the Europeans, South Korea has never neglected its defense investments, including during the period following the collapse of the Soviet bloc and which was characterized by a rapprochement between the West and China. It must be said that with a neighbor like North Korea accused of developing a military nuclear program as early as 1989, Seoul, also within range of North Korean artillery, has never really known a period of calm, to take advantage “Benefits of Peace” dear to European leaders in the 90s and 2000s. And in fact, South Korea today has an armed force of…

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South Korea opts for F35B and confirms naval air ambitions

While some countries are questioning the interest of aircraft carriers in a modern conflict, particularly in the United States and France, several countries are making significant efforts to acquire such a capability. This is the case of Japan, which has ordered some forty F35Bs to arm its two Izumo-class aircraft carrier destroyers, of India, which is continuing its efforts to strengthen its naval air fleet, or of China, whose third carrier -planes, this time equipped with electromagnetic catapults and capable of using heavy aircraft and combat drones. South Korea, whose naval ambitions have been discussed several times…

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By ignoring the Airbus Helicopters RACER, Europeans could miss the next technological leap in air combat

The Airbus Helicopters RACER is a rapid and economical helicopter demonstrator (Rapid And Cost-Effective Rotorcraft) supported by the European Clean Sky project. It is also on the Clean Sky website that an inventory of the RACER program was published on March 20th. It would thus seem that the development of the first demonstrator is encountering two major technical difficulties, but that the schedule for the program as a whole should not be upset. Final adjustments before the start of testing The two elements affected by significant design delays are the main gearbox and the side shaft lines. Concretely, the delay accumulates…

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