Australia wants to cut its infantry fighting vehicle acquisitions by a third

Launched by Canberra in 2018, the LAND 400 phase 3 program aimed to replace the M113s in service with the Australian armed forces with 450 new generation infantry fighting vehicles for a planned investment of 18 to 21 billion Australian dollars, i.e. between €12 and €14 billion. It now opposes two models, the KF41 Lynx offered by Rheinmetall Defense Australia, and the Redback AS21 from South Korea Hanwha, after the elimination of the Ajax and the CV-90 in 2019. However, according to information obtained by the site economic Financial Review, it seems that Canberra is about to reduce its ambitions around this program,…

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Can France lease nuclear attack submarines from Australia?

The announcement of the Australian decision to unilaterally cancel the contract for the local construction of 12 conventionally powered Attak-class submarines by Prime Minister Scott Morrison in September 2021 was, in substance as well as in form , perceived by France as a deep humiliation, provoking one of the most serious diplomatic crises in recent decades between France and the triptych gathered around the new AUKUS alliance, Australia, the United States and Great Britain. For Canberra, it was a question of turning to nuclear-powered submarines, considered more capable of meeting the future needs of…

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Australia to acquire 75 M1A2 SEPv3 Abrams heavy tanks from the United States

While some aspects of Australian arbitrations are questionable, there is no doubt that the country has committed significant resources to modernizing its defense tool. While the LAND400 competition between Rheinmetall's Lynx and South Korean Hanwha's AS21 Redback in the field of infantry fighting vehicles continues, and the Australian authorities announced in December the acquisition of 30 AS9 Huntsman self-propelled guns, Australian designation of the South Korean K9, and 15 AS10 armored munitions carriers for an amount of $730m, this time it is the turn of the heavy armored component to be modernized, with the announcement of an order for 75 heavy tanks…

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Will Australia's nuclear submarine program collapse?

No one has forgotten the sensational announcement made by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, along with his British counterpart Boris Johnson and US President Joe Biden in September 2021, which ended the Franco-Australian Shortfin submarine program. Barracuda for the benefit of a fleet of nuclear-powered submarines made within the framework of a new alliance bringing together the 3 countries, and designated by the acronym AUKUS. It is true that the Australian Shortfin Barracuda conventionally powered ocean-going submarine program had been under fire from critics for several years, in particular because of an overall budget envelope of 90 billion Australian dollars presented as gargantuan to the...

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Defense technologies that made the news in 2021

Despite the crisis linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, the news in 2021 was often marked by certain defense technologies, in a geopolitical context of growing tensions and critical crises. From Australia's surprise cancellation of the order for French-built conventionally powered submarines to switch to US-British nuclear attack submarines, to hypersonic missiles; from underwater drones to China's new fractional orbital bombardment system; these defense technologies, long in the background of the world media scene, found themselves in the news, and sometimes in the headlines during this year. In this two-part article,…

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India, South Korea: France on the offensive in the field of nuclear submarines

The Minister of the French Armed Forces, Florence Parly, is traveling to India this weekend to meet her Indian counterpart Shri Rajnath Singh, as well as other officials from New Delhi, in order to discuss several topics in the field of cooperation. strategic and industrial relationship between the two countries, partners and long-standing allies. In addition to the question of a possible additional order of Rafale aircraft, cooperation in the field of helicopters with a line of sight, a possible contract to equip the Indian Coast Guard with Caracal helicopters, and questions of strategic cooperation in the theater Pacific shaken up in recent months both by the…

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By announcing the launch of 60 Defense technology programs, does the Australian Prime Minister want to drown the submarine?

To say that Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison would be in a difficult position would be an understatement. Indeed, not only does he find himself entangled in the consequences of his dangerous arbitrations in terms of submarines, having chosen to slam the door in France's face to respond to the American and British sirens promising him a fleet of nuclear attack submarines without first assessing the feasibility and the geopolitical, operational and budgetary consequences, but he finds himself, with his Liberal Party, far behind the Labor opposition in the opinion polls, while same as the next electoral deadline, the federal (legislative) elections…

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Australia Reportedly Consider Ordering New Collins Conventional Submarines As A 'Hold Solution'

When Scott Morrison announced last September the cancellation of the contract for the construction of conventionally powered submarines of the Attack class of the French Naval Group, in order to equip itself with nuclear-powered submarines of American or British invoice, Many observers pointed out that the timetable underlying such a decision would cause serious problems for the Royal Australian Navy. Indeed, the 6 Collins-class conventional submarines currently in service, which entered service between 1996 and 2003, would have all the trouble in the world to be kept in active service until 2050, an optimistic date for the delivery of the last submarine…

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