Is the Mediterranean again an area of ​​concentration of forces?

Traditionally, when we think of geographical areas under tension where many military forces are present, it is common to refer to the Middle East and the Persian Gulf, or more recently to the Western Pacific, especially around the China Sea. . On the other hand, the Mediterranean, and in particular the eastern Mediterranean, which was between the Second World War and the end of the 60s one of the most active areas militarily speaking, has since slipped, in the overall perception, towards the status of a secure area, allowing a significant commercial traffic. But for the past decade, many nations bordering the Mediterranean, as well as others there…

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Egypt would negotiate the "doubling" of its Rafale fleet

The Rafale has been on the rise in recent months, and by the very admissions of Dassault Aviation operational staff, commercial activity has never been so intense for many years. In addition to the order of the 18 Greek Rafale signed a few weeks ago, Paris is actively negotiating with Jakarta and Baghdad, two countries which wish to concretize their orders for the French plane within deadlines presented as short. But other countries are also in negotiations with Team Rafale, particularly in the Middle East. Thus, the United Arab Emirates want to replace their fleet of mirage 2000-9 by the French plane, which would evolve alongside the F35A ordered from the…

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Will 2021 be the year of the Rafale?

In 2007, the French Minister of Defense of the Fillon government, Hervé Morin, was full of criticism and reservations about the Rafale program: too powerful, too technological, the Dassault Aviation plane was above all too expensive, while the Europe was engaged in a rapid deflation of the armed forces and especially of the budget allocated to Defence. It is true that at that time, France maintained excellent relations with Moscow as well as with Beijing, and the commitments of the French armies seemed to be limited to counter-insurgency interventions such as in Afghanistan. 14 years later, this same aircraft could well record an exceptional year in…

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Egypt confirms the acquisition of 2 FREMM frigates from Italy

While the majority of countries in the Middle Eastern theater have increased their Defense investments in recent years with a view to modernizing their armed forces, Egypt, for its part, is engaged in a profound evolution of its military means with a view to becoming a major regional power. It must be said that between the increase in the Iranian presence and support in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, and the increase in the Turkish presence in Syria, Libya and the Eastern Mediterranean, Cairo appears to be at the heart of the expansionist tendencies affecting the Middle East today. For this, the Egyptian authorities have signed several contracts in recent months...

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Turkey at the heart of a node of polymorphic crises in the Eastern Mediterranean

By misuse of language, reference is generally made to the strong tensions between Greece and Cyprus and Turkey when it comes to the crisis in the Eastern Mediterranean. This theater concentrates, in reality, a large number of actors, all with different objectives, and yet all in tension as a result of the out-of-control behavior of the Turkish president in the area. France, Russia, Egypt, Israel, European Union, all are today involved in a crisis which could have considerable implications. President Erdogan has indeed launched, in recent years, a series of military operations and troop movements that have led all of his neighbors, such as…

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These 5 international crises that threaten world peace

In just a few weeks, several areas of international tension have evolved into crises threatening to turn into open conflict, with a significant risk of extension, to the point of threatening even peace on a planetary scale. Indeed, these major crises have this in common that they all involve, directly or indirectly, nuclear nations that are permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, most of the time facing each other. In this article, we will provide a quick summary of the 5 major crises that potentially threaten to escalate into conflict, and involve nations with nuclear weapons. 1- The Belarusian crisis For little…

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Russia to export 64 Su-35 aircraft to Egypt and a second customer between 2020 and 2024

Since the indiscretion of the Russian magazine Kommersant concerning the contract for the sale of Su-35 to Egypt, indiscretion which will have brought the journalist to his origin in detention for "treason" in Moscow, no one was able to quantify the number devices sold in Cairo. It must be said that the American pressure in this case, and the threat of reprisals in application of the CATSAA legislation, called for the greatest discretion, both for the Egyptian and Russian authorities. But a video published on the occasion of an industrial presentation of the aeronautical industrial consortium OAK (United Aircraft Corporation in English), now makes it possible to know more about this file. This is…

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What is the deferred Rafale contract that Dassault CEO Eric Trappier referred to?

On the occasion of the presentation of the half-year results to the group's shareholders, Eric Trappier, CEO of Dassault Aviation since 2013, referred to a contract relating to the sale of Rafale aircraft for export, a contract which would have been postponed until due to the health crisis linked to COVID-19, without specifying which country this potentially imminent order for the French plane came from. The opportunity of course to take an overview of the competitions and negotiations in progress involving the Rafale, to deduce, if possible, who could be this mysterious client to which Eric Trappier referred La Suisse Après la 2014 vote...

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Egyptian parliament authorizes deployment of fighting military forces in Libya

The Egyptian parliament unanimously authorized, on Monday July 26, the deployment of Egyptian combat forces in Libya to "protect the country and its interests" in the face of the push by the forces of the Government of National Accord (GNA in English) of Tripoli supported by the Turkish armed forces and militias, against the forces of General Khalifa Haftar, threatening in particular the city of Sirte and the Al-Jufra air base, two strategic sites for Cairo, which had already declared in the past that it would not hesitate to intervene if GNA forces were to threaten them. For the authorities of Tripoli, the only body recognized by…

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Faced with Turkish interference in Libya, Egypt could once again buy heavy weapons in France

While diplomatic and commercial relations between France and Egypt have been at their worst since January 2019, it would seem that Turkey's actions in Libya and the Mediterranean have ended up bringing Cairo and Paris closer together, annoyed by the interference of 'Ankara in the region. This is in any case what reports Michel Cabirol, of the newspaper "La Tribune", always well informed on this file. From 2013, France quickly became one of Egypt's main arms suppliers. In a few years, Paris sold Cairo two Mistral-type helicopter carriers, a FREMM frigate, four Gowind corvettes (including three built on…

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