With SCORPION, the French Army revolutionizes its combat capabilities in contact

Among the main European defense programs, the French SCORPION program unquestionably holds a very special place. Truly structuring, it provides for nothing less than in-depth modernization not only of the equipment but also of the doctrines of the Army's tactical units. Open since 2018 to a certain form of European cooperation, via the Belgian CaMo program, the SCORPION program (Synergie du COntact Reinforced par la Versatility et l'Info valorisatiON) provides for the development of several new vehicles, the renovation of equipment, but also and above all the implementation of an infovalorized combat system, the SICS, which will propel the French Army and…

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What if Belgium buy a small Rafale M fleet rather than additional F-35As?

In a previous article, we mentioned the reflection initiated by the Belgian authorities concerning the extension of the fleet of 34 F35A ordered in 2018 by 14 new aircraft. It would seem that like the Netherlands or Norway before it, Belgium must review the format of its fighter fleet to respond to operational pressure. After having weighed in with all its weight to get Belgium to choose the F35, NATO would also be at the origin of this reflection, the Alliance estimating that with only 34 aircraft, the Belgian air forces will not be able to support its operational demands. But this reflection could be the occasion…

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The purchase of 14 additional F-35s is being studied in Belgium

According to the Belgian daily Le Soir, Belgian Defense is considering the possibility of acquiring up to 14 F-35As in addition to the 34 aircraft already ordered. This hypothesis, which remains relativized by the political authorities, would be based above all on a request from NATO estimating that 48 modern fighters are necessary to allow Brussels to respect its commitments within the Alliance, while tensions are increasing growing with Russia. In his analysis of the situation, Laurent Lagneau of the Opex360 site also mentioned this morning an edifying report from the Belgian Court of Auditors pointing to the continuous decline in the level of ambition for the Air component even though it…

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Belgium, Romania, Greece… these European countries which trust the French Defense industry

In the early 2000s, and for nearly 15 years, the French defense industry was unable to sign any significant contract independently in Europe, and had to concentrate its efforts in the Middle East and Asia to maintain a export volume compatible with the very low activity of the national order at that time. But in recent years, it seems that European countries, some at least, are once again trusting this industry to supply major equipment, aided it is true by the overall increase in defense budgets. A look back at these latest contracts signed by the French defense industry…

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The price offered to Poland for its F35 questions about the price of F35A sold in Belgium

The US State Department responded to the price request from Poland for the acquisition of 32 F35As issued a few days ago, by proposing an overall price of $6,5 billion for the 32 aircraft, 33 Pratt & Whitney engines F135, and all the electronic control and communication equipment necessary for the use of aircraft. According to the information provided, this price therefore does not take into account Maintenance in Operational Condition, nor armament. On the other hand, it is likely that the training services for pilots and maintenance personnel will be integrated, with the integrated delivery of simulators. Poland wants to…

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Belgium and the Netherlands formalize the order for 12 Naval Group / ECA consortium minesweeks

After validation by their respective parliaments, Belgium and the Netherlands have officially notified the consortium formed by the French Naval Group and the Belgian ECA of the order for 6 new generation minehunters for the Royal Belgian Navy, and as many for the Navy Royal Dutch Navy, accompanied by a hundred underwater drones for the detection and defusing of underwater mines. This is a €2 billion contract, one of the largest export contracts signed by Naval Group in the past 10 years. With these 12 buildings, the Belgian and Dutch navies will have the most modern mine warfare force…

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Light armored vehicles, a French specialty

The Belgian Defense Minister, Steven Vandeput, and his French counterpart, Florence Parly, have signed an agreement to supply the Belgian armies with 60 EBRC Jaguar light tanks and 382 VBMR Griffon armored personnel carriers, equipped with the field control device. battle and information SCORPIO. For the French consortium made up of Nexter, Arquus and Thales (among others), this €1,6 billion order is the largest from a European country to the French defense industry since 2000 when Greece ordered 55 mirage2000-5 and the necessary armament for the same amount. If the French armored vehicles have had some success in Europe and in the…

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