Super-Rafale, Mirage NG: France must study a medium-term alternative to SCAF

To say that the SCAF new generation combat aircraft program, which brings together France, Germany and Spain, is today on a downhill course would be an understatement. After several episodes of tension about industrial sharing between Paris, Berlin and Madrid, the program is now on hold in the face of the impossible agreement that Germany and Airbus Defense & Space are trying to get Paris and Dassault Aviation to accept, and which would oblige the French aeronautical group to share the piloting of the first pillar concerning the design of the Next Generation Fighter, or NGF, with its German counterpart. For several weeks now, the situation has been totally frozen, Eric Trappier,…

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German Diehl presents a stealth version of its IRIS-T short and medium range air-to-air missile

The German group Diehl Défense presented, at the Eurosatory 2022 exhibition, a new version of its short and medium range air-to-air missile IRIS-T. Designated Iris-T FCAAM for Futur Combat Air to Air Missile, the new missile is designed for the future SCAF, bringing several major innovations, including a stealth form. Developed as an alternative to the British ASRAAM and American AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles, the IRIS-T air-to-air missile was designed by the German group Diehl Defense in cooperation with Canada, Greece, Italy, Norway and Sweden from 1995. The missile entered service in 2005, and…

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Is China developing a new stealth fighter or drone?

In recent weeks, military aeronautical news from China has been rich to say the least, with the official presentation of the J-16D, the electronic warfare version of the Chinese fighter-bomber, as well as the confirmation of the existence of a two-seater of the J-20 heavy stealth fighter, as well as the first (observed) flight of the new Chinese 5th generation carrier-based fighter, currently designated J-35. However, it seems that Chinese engineers still have other major innovations in development, as observed by a Western satellite on October 29 during a passage over the research and development facilities of the aircraft manufacturer Chengdu, already at the origin of the hunter…

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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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With the Type 212CD, the German TKMS wants to design the first truly stealthy submarine

Since the beginning of the 70s, a technological race has taken place between the designers of more and more efficient passive sonar, and the manufacturers of submarines, who were seeking to produce more and more discreet submersibles, i.e. say radiating as little mechanical or man-made noise as possible. Gradually, anti-submarine warfare saw the famous "bang" of active sonars made famous by many films, replaced by high-sensitivity hydrophones, increasingly efficient computer signal processing algorithms, and the famous "golden ears", very awkwardly honored in the film "Le chant du loup".…

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For the head of the US hunt, the added value of the 5th Generation is far from obvious

With more than 6000 hours recorded on his flight log On F-15C, F-15E, F-16, F-35A and even F/A-18 during his visit to Australia, General Mark D. Kelly, who commands the US Air Force fighter, is what is commonly called in this environment, "a Mustache". In fact, when he gives his opinion on the performance of the F-15EX after taking control of the aircraft, it is appropriate to pay attention to what he has to say. Fervent supporter of the new Boeing fighter within the US Air Force, even when the latter was more than reluctant to this arrival, the officer did not…

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Is passive detection going to impose itself in future military engagements?

The systematic elimination of all Armenian anti-aircraft defenses by Azeri forces was a determining factor in the meteoric success achieved by the latter against battle-hardened and well-armed soldiers during the 2020 conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. To achieve this, the Baku General Staff had implemented a strategy that was both simple and highly effective. As soon as an anti-aircraft system activated its radar, it was detected and located by the electronic detection systems crisscrossing the battlefield, after which either the target was destroyed by drones or stray munitions if a war unit capable electronics…

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Congress wants new tactical electronic warfare aircraft for the US Air Force

It was in 1998 that the last electronic warfare EF-111A Raven was withdrawn from service with the US Air Force, without any replacement having been provided for this purpose. However, the aircraft fulfills many crucial missions, in particular to neutralize the detection and engagement capabilities of Iraqi anti-aircraft defenses during the first Gulf War, and to allow tactical aircraft, and in particular the F117 stealth aircraft, to operate safely. Convinced of the omnipotence of the passive stealth of its F-22s and the future F-35A, the US Air Force did not consider it necessary to replace this capability, it is really expensive...

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The Russian CheckMate, a commercial and operational threat for Europe

The Teasing campaign which preceded the official presentation of the new 5th generation light fighter from Russian Sukhoi had created an obvious excitement on the part of all observers of the world defense aeronautical industry. They were not disappointed, as the announcements made by Sergei Chemezov, the CEO of Rostec, were astonishing, and as the Checkmate, since it seems that this is indeed its operational name, is designed to impose itself in the air as well as in international competitions in the years to come. And as long as the announcements made yesterday in Moscow actually materialize during the test phase which must…

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Will the number of F35s that the United States have to order be reduced?

Although many rumors report, including at the Pentagon, of a very probable significant reduction in the volume of F35 which will be ordered and implemented by the American Armies in the years to come, no formal announcement going in this direction has so far been made, and no arbitration has been made public. However, in recent days, several related statements from the US Air Force and the US Navy seem to indicate that this reduction would be, so to speak, inevitable, not to say already beautiful and well recorded. The first of these statements comes from Lt. Gen. David Nahom, Deputy Chief of Staff of the US…

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