Germany is interested in the Israeli Arrow 3 anti-ballistic system and is (still) unaware of the existing French solutions

While Paris and Berlin continue to proclaim loud and clear their common desire to cooperate in the field of defense technologies, numerous arbitrations carried out by the German authorities, before and after the change of government in December, show a situation well more complex, and a permanent rivalry between the two biggest economies of the euro zone, in particular in the field of Armaments. From the EuroSpike to the P8 Poseidon, from the F-35 to the ESSM, from the Apache to the Arrow 3, the past, present and future choices of the German armies in terms of equipment seem to systematically exclude alternatives. Venus…

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Turkish armies receive their first Akinci drones

Two years. This is the time it took the Turkish specialist in the manufacture of military drones Baykar, to bring its new Medium Altitude Long Endurance MALE Akinci drone from the prototype stage to its operational entry into the Turkish armies. On August 29, during a ceremony with strong nationalist impulses, it was President RT Erdogan himself who celebrated the arrival of the new combat drone in his armies, with unfeigned pride on the part of the leader. Turkish. It must be said that the Akinci PT-2 TIHA has something to satisfy the president, and his efforts in favor of a defense industry...

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Now is the right time to develop an Electronic Warfare Burst!

Since the start of 2021, Dassault Aviation's French Rafale combat aircraft has enjoyed significant commercial success, with no less than 4 new orders or pre-orders placed by Greece, Egypt, Croatia and France. Indonesia, for a total of 96 aircraft. According to the Swiss press, it would also be favored by the Swiss authorities for the replacement of its F/A 18 Hornet and F5 tiger II, and other countries, such as India and the United Arab Emirates, are also expected to place an order this year or next year. It must be said that the Rafale in its current multi-mission F3R version, and again...

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Turkish combat drones multiply commercial successes

The TB2 and ANKA drones had tremendous media exposure during the Nagorno-Karabakh war in 2020, during which, alongside the Harop and Harpy roving ammunition of Israeli origin, they greatly contributed to the success of the Azeri armed forces on the Armenian forces. Since then, Ankara has multiplied contracts and exclusive negotiations with a view to exporting its precious equipment, helping to position the country in the top three of world nations in this field, along with the United States and China. Indeed, in addition to the Turkish Armies and Azeris, Turkish drones have been ordered in recent months by Ukraine, Qatar, Morocco,…

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Greece: What will change with the arrival of the Rafale

It's finally done! On Monday, January 25, the Greek authorities officially signed the order for 18 Rafale combat aircraft to the F3R standard, as well as a large batch of ammunition and parts, all for an amount of €2,5 billion. The signing of this contract has been long awaited, and confirms the partnership between Paris and Athens around defense issues, a partnership that showed its solidity during the crisis between Greece and Turkey on issues of operating hydrocarbon in the Aegean Sea last fall. But beyond this bilateral defense relationship, the arrival of the Rafale…

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From the F16 Viper to the JF-17 Thunder, do light fighters still have a role to play?

If Defense news today gives pride of place to heavy or medium combat aircraft, such as the F35, the Rafale or the Su35, lighter fighters continue to represent a large part of the fighter fleets in the world. Economical to buy and use, these aircraft allow countries without great means to acquire air capabilities and the largest nations to expand their fleets to be able to respond to all requests and scenarios. operational. In this article, we are going to present some of the light fighters in present or future staffing in the air forces, to know some…

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Germany orders 38 Typhoon fighters with extended performance

In March 2020, following extensive consultation to replace its Panavia Tornado fighter-bomber fleet, Germany announced an order for 30 F/A 18 E/F Super-Hornet fighters and 15 EA- 18G Growler from American Boeing, as well as 93 new Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft. But among these 93 aircraft, 33 of them were intended not to replace the Tornado in service since the beginning of the 80s, but the first Typhoon fighters acquired by the Luftwaffe in the early 2000s. This order has just been made official by Berlin, accompanied by an order for 5 wired devices for experimental purposes, for an amount…

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Turkish drones to receive satellite link and attract customers

With Israeli vagrant ammunition, Israeli drones such as the now famous TB2 from Bayraktar have undeniably shown great effectiveness during the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, a conflict during which they participated in the elimination of a large part Armenian armor and fortifications, despite the presence of anti-aircraft assets such as SA-8 batteries of Soviet origin. These successes only confirm those already recorded in Libya and Syria, theaters in which they would have obtained significant success against modern anti-aircraft systems such as the Russian-made Pantsir S1, yet designed to fight against this type of...

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India orders SAFRAN A2SM Hammer guidance systems for its Rafale during emergency procedure

To say that the first Indian Rafale, which should arrive in the country on July 29, are expected in India would be a great understatement. Indeed, New Delhi has been communicating for several weeks on the very rapid entry into service of its devices, hardly will they have arrived. For this, the Indian authorities have taken care to pre-position on the Ambala base where the first fighters delivered will be stationed, all the equipment, armaments and skills necessary for the fastest possible operational conversion. And to reinforce the already more than significant capacities of the Indian Rafales which will arrive equipped with MICA and METEOR air-to-air missiles and…

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Rafale: flight tests of the new 1000 kg AASM ammunition have started

A few months ago, we presented to you in detail the new F4 standard of the French Rafale fighter, produced by Dassault Aviation. In addition to notable improvements in sensors, connectivity and logistics, the Rafale F4 was also to incorporate new air-to-air and air-to-ground armaments. If the MICA-NG and the renovated SCALP are based on known armaments, the 1000 kg AASM developed by Safran is indeed a completely new ammunition. For some years now, models of the AASM-1000 have been exhibited at various air shows and exhibitions. Since the launch of the F4 program in January 2019, however, we were…

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