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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Serbia could turn to the Typhoon if France refuses to deliver “certain missiles”

Things are not going as well as hoped between Paris and Belgrade regarding a possible acquisition of 12 Rafale planes to replace the aging Mig-29s of the Serbian air force. If the negotiations continue with Dassault aviation and the Hotel de Brienne, it seems that the Serbian authorities are irritated by the refusal of Paris to deliver certain missiles. And to give weight to this dissatisfaction, Nebojša Stefanovi, the Serbian Defense Minister, announced on April 16 that he had started, in parallel with the negotiations with Paris, discussions with London about Typhoon fighters, specifying that the first of the two to satisfy…

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What are the consequences of Pakistan's acquisition of 25 Chinese J-10CE fighters?

It has been 13 years, since 2008, that the Pakistani authorities have been studying the possibility of acquiring a fleet of single-engine J-10 fighters from Beijing, and many rumors have announced the order as imminent on several occasions. It is now done, since they have confirmed having signed a contract to acquire 25 J-10CE, export version of the J-10C in service within the air forces of the People's Liberation Army, in order to equip two squadrons of 12 aircraft. If the amount of the contract is not mentioned, its calendar seems particularly short, since it is a question of presenting the new device during the celebrations of the day of the Republic,…

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A new version of the Chinese heavy embarked fighter J-15 soon in service?

As for the J-11 air superiority fighter which was derived from the Su-27, or the J-16 fighter-bomber derived from the Su-30, the standard carrier-based fighter of the Chinese naval aviation, the J-15, results from a reverse-engineered a Russian fighter from the Flanker family, in this case a Su-33 acquired from Ukraine when Beijing acquired the hull of the aircraft carrier Varyag, left unused in the shipyards Ukrainians after the implosion of the Soviet Union. But unlike the J-11B, and especially the J-16, the J-15 had undergone little modernization in the conversion process, and suffered from several defects that already struck its Soviet big brother, in particular…

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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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United Arab Emirates orders 80 Rafale F4s from France for € 16bn

If an order for Rafale aircraft was expected during Emmanuel Macron's whirlwind visit to the Gulf countries from December 2 to 4, very few hoped that it would reach such a volume! Indeed, the French President and his Emirati counterpart, Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, commonly known as MBZ, signed two contracts this morning for a record amount of €16 billion relating firstly to the acquisition 80 Rafale aircraft to the F4 standard for €14 billion, including the aircraft but also maintenance infrastructure, spare parts and staff training, as well as a €2 billion contract with…

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What are the Strengths and Weaknesses of the Air and Space Force?

On the night of April 13 to 14, 2017, 5 Rafale aircraft from the Saint-Dizier base escorted by 4 Mirage-2000-5, 2 Awacs aircraft and 6 KC-135 tanker aircraft, carried out a 10-hour raid and 7000 km to strike and destroy using the 2 SCALP cruise missiles carried by each of the Rafales, the Syrian chemical installations used by the regime of President Bashar El Assad, within the framework of a tripartite coalition bringing together the United States, the Great Britain and France. Despite the significant Syrian anti-aircraft defenses implemented, all the targets targeted by the coalition strikes in…

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Ultra-long-range air-to-air missile race accelerates between US, China and Russia

From the early 60s, the rise of the Soviet long-range bomber fleet became a major problem for the US Air Force and US Navy. In an attempt to protect the fleet from raids by Tu-95, Tu-16 and Tu-22 bombers armed with powerful, often supersonic anti-ship missiles, the US Navy simultaneously developed two complementary weapon systems: the triptych consisting of the surface missile -air SM-2, the SPY-1 radar and the AEGIS system which equipped the Ticonderoga class cruisers and then the Arleigh Burke Destroyers to respond to the potential saturation of traditional defense systems which required a radar of…

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Argentina takes one step closer to acquiring Chinese-Pakistani JF-17 Block III fighters

Since the end of the Falklands War, the Argentine government has faced an unfailing blockade from London to prevent it from acquiring new combat aircraft. It is true that with two destroyers, two frigates, a container ship and a Royal Navy assault ship to be credited to Argentine pilots at the controls of their Mirage, Skyhawk and Super-Etendard, we understand that the The hypothesis of seeing Buenos Aires once again acquire a modern air force may hardly please the British authorities. Since all Western combat aircraft are equipped with ejection seats from the British manufacturer Martin Baker, the opposition of…

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US Army prefers Dynetics to Israel's Iron Dome for close air defense

After the demonstrations of strength and efficiency made by the Iron Dome systems to protect Israeli cities from Hamas rockets in recent months, one could reasonably think that the joint offer of Rafael and Raytheon would be preferred by the US Army against to that of the American Dynetics to provide close anti-aircraft protection of US Army sites as part of the Indirect Fire Protection Capacity program, or IFPC. However, it is the latter's Enduring Shield, using the expensive AIM-9X Sidewinder missile at $0,5 million per unit, which was chosen to the detriment of the Iron Dome and its Tamir missile at $190.000. $,…

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