Finland and Sweden will be able to join NATO, but the concessions to Turkey are high

Since Turkey is the subject of numerous European sanctions following its intervention in Syria, Libya and its deployment of forces in the Eastern Mediterranean against Greece and Cyprus, President Erdogan knew that Finland's and Sweden would be, for him, a formidable means of pressure to attenuate these sanctions, and to force the hand of the two Scandinavian countries in their support for the Kurdish movements. By standing firm on his opposition to the accession of the two countries to the Atlantic Alliance, RT Erdogan has indeed achieved his ends, and if the official press releases welcome the lifting…

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Iraq, Serbia, Colombia: The Rafale still on the offensive on export markets

2021 will have been, without a doubt, the year of the Rafale, with 188 aircraft ordered for export by Greece (18+6 units), Croatia (12 aircraft), Egypt (30 aircraft), the UAE (80 aircraft) and Indonesia (42 aircraft), in addition to the 96 Rafale previously ordered by Egypt (24 aircraft), Qatar (24+12 aircraft) and India (36 aircraft) . In doing so, the flagship of Dassault Aviation and of the entire French aeronautical industry, is approaching the export scores of its predecessor, the Mirage 2000 with 284 aircraft ordered by 7 countries, against 298 aircraft ordered by 8 countries for the 2000. However, the French aircraft manufacturer does not intend to stop…

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Between missile and wandering ammunition, the Israeli Rafael presents his new Spike NLOS with a range of 50 km

At the end of the Cold War, the Western anti-tank missile market was in the hands of the United States with the TOW from Hughes Aircraft and the arrival of the Hellfire missile from Lokheed-Martin, and from Europe with the HOT and the very effective MILAN infantry developed by Euromissiles. But with the end of the Soviet threat, Americans and Europeans significantly lowered their investments in this area, opening the way to the emergence of other players on the planet.

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Israeli engineers reportedly extended F-35i range to strike Iran without aerial refueling

The Israeli Air Force is said to have modified some of its F-35i Adir, the version of the Lighting II adapted to the needs of the Hebrew State, to extend their autonomy enough to be able to carry out deep strike missions in Iran if necessary. , while the IAF has been actively training for this mission for several months. The Iranian nuclear program is perceived as an existential threat by the Israeli authorities, and the IAF has been actively training for several years to be able, if necessary, to be able to strike at critical Iranian installations in order to deprive Tehran of its nuclear capabilities. In this area, the Israeli Air Force could, until now, only rely on…

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Did Sweden shoot itself in the foot regarding its NATO candidacy?

In order to protect her Minister of Justice from a vote of no confidence, Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson negotiated an agreement with Swedish MP Amineh Kakabaveh of Kurdish origin and former Peshmerga, guaranteeing her not to give in to Turkish demands regarding the Swedish membership in NATO. Since the announcement of Finnish and Swedish candidacies to join the Atlantic Alliance, Turkish President RT Erdogan has shown himself to be very hostile to this possibility, blaming the two Scandinavian countries not only for the arms embargo pronounced by Stockholm against Ankara, but also a complacent policy towards Kurdish refugees, and in particular members of the YPG and…

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Iraq announces it has ordered Rafale planes and artillery systems from France

As the country still faces an intense rebellion by the Islamic State, as Shia militias under Iranian control continue to grow in its territory, and as Turkish ambitions in the north of the country threaten the Kurdish regions, Iraq is trying to modernize its armed forces, by negotiating defense programs with its historical partners, the United States, Russia and France. However, as is very often the case with Baghdad, it is very difficult to see clearly in the announcements of the Iraqi authorities, which are not lacking in contradictions or even very improbable information, such as that mentioned at the start of this year wearing…

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The United Arab Emirates turns to the MICA VL NG missile for its Gowind 2500 corvettes

In November 2017, the United Arab Emirates confirmed the order for two Gowind 2500 corvettes from the French military shipbuilder Naval Group. If many of the equipment selected by Abu Dhabi were of French origin, the anti-aircraft defense was then entrusted to the American couple formed by the vertical launch system VLS Mk41 and the anti-aircraft missile ESSM Block 2, the new version of the heir to the Sea Sparrow. But according to the Naval News site, the Emirati authorities have changed their posture, to turn to the French MICA VL NG missile from the MBDA missile, a new version of the MICA VL surface-to-air missile itself derived from the very…

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Visiting the Capitol, the Greek Prime Minister wants to acquire the F-35 and warns against Turkey

Since the beginning of the 70s, ie even before its accession to the European Union (1981), Athens has always pursued a balanced strategy of equipping its air forces, relying simultaneously on American and French aircraft. In the 70s and 80s, the Mirage F1s evolved under a blue and white cockade alongside the F4 Phantom 2, F5 Tiger II and A7 Corsair 2, while in the 90s, the Hellenic Mirage 2000s completed its fleet of F-16s. Today, the Greek authorities intend to extend this model which gave convincing results to contain the tensions with the Turkish neighbor, by acquiring French Rafales, and…

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Argentina is interested in the Israeli Kfir and the Sino-Pakistani JF-17 to modernize its air forces

Prior to the Falklands War, in 1983, the Argentine Air Force fielded nearly a hundred modern Dassault Mirage IIIEA, IAI Dagger (unlicensed copy of the Mirage V) and A-4B/C/P Skyhawk fighters, while the naval air forces had about twenty A-4Q Skyhawk aircraft and 6 Dassault Super-Etendards, making it one of the most powerful and best equipped air forces in South America. If the Falklands War heavily dented these numbers, with the loss of 22 Skyhawks, 11 Daggers and 2 Mirage IIIs, it was mainly Western sanctions and the consequences of repeated economic crises...

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US Congress may authorize the export of new F-16 Block 70 Vipers to Turkey

In October 2021, the Turkish authorities had officially submitted a request to the Foreign Military Sales, or FMS, the American organization in charge of arms export files to the allies of the United States, to acquire 40 new F-16s. Block 70 Viper and 80 kits to bring its own aircraft to this much more advanced and efficient standard than the F-16 C/D Block 52 currently in service with the Turkish Air Force. If President Biden promised to do what he could to bring this request to fruition, the American Congress, which firmly controls US arms exports, had opposed it, against the background of the crisis concerning the acquisition…

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