Like many African countries, the Democratic Republic of Congo is experiencing significant economic growth, around 6% per year, partly driven by the rise in raw materials on the international scene. The country is indeed a major exporter of mining products, with large reserves of gold, copper, uranium and coltan, as well as diamonds and oil. Today, Congolese exports, whether of raw materials or agricultural production, represent $22,5 billion each year, or a third of the country's Gross Domestic Product. This growth, largely supported by the many investments made by China, is however threatened by…Read the article
What are the 3 major dangers linked to European American-centrism in terms of Defense?
For many years, long before President Macron's arrival at the Elysée Palace, the French position on defense had always been more independent than that of its neighbors vis-à-vis American protection. In 2017, when tensions between Berlin and Washington were at their peak, Emmanuel Macron and Engels Merkel launched several industrial and political initiatives to give substance to a very ambitious and quite old project, Defense Europe. However, as relations between Germany and the United States normalized from the following year, the Franco-German cooperation programs gradually withered, largely from…Read the article
What are the export opportunities for the Rafale for 2023?
With 284 aircraft ordered for export since 2015 for 7 countries, the Rafale combat aircraft, long decried including at the highest level of the State, is now considered a huge success for Dassault Aviation, coming to flirt with the export success of the Mirage 2000 and its 286 aircraft exported to 8 countries. If the orders placed over the past two years by Egypt (30 aircraft), Greece (24 aircraft including 12 offset second-hand aircraft), Croatia (12 offset second-hand aircraft), Indonesia (42 aircraft) and above all the United Arab Emirates with 80 aircraft for a record contract of €13,5 billion, ensured the sustainability and activity…Read the article
There is indeed a commercial niche for a successor to the Mirage 2000
On March 10, 1978, the prototype of the Mirage 2000 took off for the first time. Intended to replace the Mirage III/V and IV of the Air Force, the aircraft was an undeniable success, both from a commercial point of view with 601 aircraft produced, half of which are dedicated to export to 8 international air forces, but also from a technological and operational point of view, the "2000" being the first aircraft to combine the performance of the Delta wing which made the success of the Mirage III , and the combination of electric flight controls and advanced high-lift devices, offering very high performance to this single-engine aircraft considered by many…Read the article
Typhoon, FREMM, M-346: Italy would be close to signing a €12bn super-contract in Egypt
After several years of negotiations, Cairo would be close to concretizing the largest defense contract in its history, by ordering from Rome 24 Typhoon fighter planes, 4 FREMM frigates, 20 armed patrol boats, 20 M-346 training planes and a observation satellite, for an amount exceeding €12 billion. In the spring of 2020, Italy managed to take a predominant negotiating position in Egypt on the arms contract, on the ruins left by Paris after Emmanuel Macron, during an official visit to the Egyptian capital, questioning human rights issues in the country. Rome was on the…Read the article
Will the Rafale be the heir to the Mirage III for the future of the French aeronautical industry?
Fast, agile, powerful and well-armed, the Mirage III is unquestionably a legend in military fighter aviation around the world. In the hands of Israeli pilots, Dassault Aviation's single-engine delta-wing fighter prevailed against Arab MiGs and Hunters during the Six-Day and Yom Kippur wars, and played a decisive role in the Jewish state's victory in the these two conflicts, adorning the aircraft with an aura of efficiency and performance that built its export success with 1400 aircraft built (Mirage III and V), and which imposed Dassault Aviation's fighters on the international market during several decades.…Read the article
Does Franco-German cooperation around FCAS worry the countries of the Middle East?
The Persian Gulf countries, and their allies in the Middle East, have been loyal customers of the French defense industry for several decades, and in particular for Dassault Aviation's combat aircraft. Thus, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and its ally, Egypt, have between them ordered 170 Rafale aircraft, i.e. nearly 60% of the exports recorded to date for this aircraft, after having ordered 100 Mirage 2000, i.e. 35% of exports for this model. Further upstream, Iraq had been Dassault's largest customer for its Mirage F1 after the Air Force, and Egypt the...Read the article
Egypt to acquire 200 South Korean K9 armored self-propelled guns for $1,7bn
Egypt today has, without question, the most powerful armed force in Africa and the Middle East, with an air force of 360 combat aircraft, a fleet of 8 submarines, 20 frigates and corvettes and 2 helicopter carriers, and a land force fielding more than 2000 heavy tanks and 3500 infantry fighting vehicles and armored personnel carriers. Inspired by both Soviet and American doctrines, the latter also fields powerful and modern artillery, with more than 600 self-propelled multiple rocket launchers, and a thousand armored self-propelled artillery systems, more than half of which are M109s. Americans. For many…Read the article
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,…Read the article
UAE Mirage 2000-9 interests Morocco and Egypt
There are signs that do not deceive. Barely a week after the announcement made of the order of 80 Rafale by the air force of the United Arab Emirates, that the sixty Mirage 2000-9 acquired at the end of the 90s by the country, and which must precisely be replaced by the Rafales ordered, would have already found takers. Indeed, according to several sources of information, it appears that Egypt, but also Morocco, would have approached Abu Dhabi in order to acquire these fighter planes which still have a remarkable operational potential. If Cairo's request is not surprising, the air force...Read the article