Can France export its future NG Nuclear Aircraft Carrier?

French President Emmanuel Macron confirmed, this Tuesday, December 8, the official launch of the New Generation Nuclear Aircraft Carrier program intended to replace the Charles de Gaulle in 2038, which entered service in 2001. This announcement provides some additional information and confirmations on the choices made for this program, but it also opens up opportunities on the international scene. In this article, we will study these countries which could see in the new French program, an opportunity to strengthen their own naval air capabilities. The features announced The announcement made by the President of the Republic confirms a large number of educated guesses and…

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Blekinge, Barracuda, Taigei: how do modern conventional submarines perform? - 2nd part

According to the staff of the American Navy, submarines would represent today the best response to the rise in power of certain naval powers, citing in particular China. It is true that in Asia, the number of submarines in service in the various navies has more than quadrupled in 20 years, and that all the major navies are engaged in the renewal or even the extension of their submersible fleet. . In the second part of this article intended to present the conventionally powered submarines which enter service today, or which will do so in the years to come, we will present the 5 latest models of this…

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After the Tigers, the Australian Army wants to replace part of its MRH90 Taipan

Decidedly, Australians do not seem to be big fans of European helicopters. After launching a call for tenders to replace their ARH Tiger combat helicopters, which they blame for overly complex and expensive maintenance, they are now preparing to replace their MRH 90 Taipan in service within the 6th aviation regulations of 'Holsworthy, by US-built HH-60W or MH-60M Black Hawk helicopters. In question, the bad positioning (according to them) of the port machine gun and the descent smooth rope for special operations. The Australian government may soon announce, as part of the Land 2097 Phase 4 program,…

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Australia launches submarine mine warfare program

The Australian Department of Defense has just awarded the companies Thales Australia and Australia's Trusted Autonomous Systems a budget of $15 million to begin research work with the aim of developing a robotic solution for detecting and neutralizing underwater mines. The two Australian companies will have to study and test the solutions offered in terms of underwater drones and autonomous surface ships to guarantee free access to the maritime routes surrounding the country. Several local players and university laboratories are integrated into the program which, according to the Australian authorities, should be based on numerous technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, etc.

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Beijing threatens US allies with military reprisals if conflict with China breaks out

The tone continues to rise in the Western Pacific, between the United States and China, which both multiply bravado and provocations, both on the seas and in the media. And the Chinese press, whether national or international, largely echoes it, much more than the American or Western press devotes itself to it. Faced with the lack of effectiveness of Chinese threats vis-à-vis the United States, which maintains pressure in the South China Sea and deploys more and more regularly US Navy buildings, provoking the anger of the Chinese authorities, Beijing decided to change strategy, and...

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Australia: Airbus Helicopters and Bell want to place their helicopters with the special forces

Two years ago, Australia issued a request for information from the main Western helicopter manufacturers. As part of "Project Land 2097 Phase 4", the Australian armed forces plan to purchase at least sixteen "4-ton class" helicopters to support the country's special forces, both for counter-terrorism operations in Australia only for overseas operations. While a call for tenders was initially scheduled for the end of 2019, candidates finally have until July 11, 2020 to submit their proposals. And, for now, only two manufacturers have announced their intention to compete in this very specific market: Bell and Airbus Helicopters. Corn…

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New Zealand will buy C-130J Super Hercules transport aircraft

The New Zealand government recently confirmed the acquisition of five C-130J Super Hercules transport aircraft from US aircraft manufacturer Lockheed Martin. Between 2024 and 2025, these five new generation aircraft will replace the five current C-130 Hercules which were delivered to New Zealand in the 1960s. For the New Zealand Air Force, this file was a priority for several years. Indeed, since the withdrawal of the A-4 Skyhawk fighters and the cancellation of the contract for the acquisition of F-16 fighters in 2000, the Royal New Zealand Air Force no longer has combat aircraft. Equipped exclusively with helicopters, transport planes, training planes and patrol planes...

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Boeing Continues To Move Forward On Loyal Wingman Program In Australia

Boeing Australia recently made two new advances on its Loyal Wingman program, unveiled just over a year ago. In February, the fuselage of the first prototype had finally been assembled. Today, this demonstrator under assembly was put on its landing gear for the first time, and its internal systems were powered up for the first time. Developed with the support of the Royal Australian Air Force as part of the Advanced Development Program, the Loyal Wingman is a 11,7m long stealth companion drone intended to accompany long-range combat aircraft raids. His…

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Boeing receives production contract for Korean and New Zealand P-8s, consolidating lead in maritime patrol

The assembly line for Boeing 737s and their military derivatives may be at a standstill due to the Covid-19 epidemic, but business continues for Boeing. The American aircraft manufacturer has indeed received a $1,5 billion production contract from the US Navy to produce 18 P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft. If the aircraft are actually ordered by the US Navy, some of them are intended for the South Korean Navy (six aircraft) and the Royal New Zealand Air Force (four aircraft). These two countries are the latest customers of the patrol aircraft derived from the Boeing 737,…

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Who is maneuvering to discredit Naval Group in Australia?

3 weeks ago, a report from the Australian National Audit Agency, or ANAO, the equivalent of the Court of Accounts in France, issued a report containing several remarks and questions concerning the Naval Group program for the design and construction of 12 Shortfin Barracuda submarines. This report was quickly staged by the Labor opposition as a political argument, forcing the Conservative government to clarify the ins and outs of the program, twice. But far from having put an end to it, it seems that now, a large part of the Australian press, specialized or not in defense issues, is taking action...

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