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.…

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The European Union deploys a cyber rapid reaction team to protect Ukraine

About ten days ago, several ministerial sites and the 3 most important Ukrainian banks were targeted by a massive cyber attack of the denial of access type, or DDOS. For nearly 24 hours, the communication capacities and services of these structures were thus paralyzed by this attack, the origin of which was attributed to groups of Russian hackers. In the current context of extreme tensions, the capacity for the Ukrainian authorities to maintain functional communication channels with the population and to maintain active banking services for the population, is as decisive as the operational military responses of its…

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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,…

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Why is the Rafale F4 standard meeting such international success?

With the announcement of the firm order for 80 combat aircraft by the United Arab Emirates, the Rafale has become, with 242 aircraft ordered for export from 6 air forces, the greatest international commercial success of its generation, clearly outclassing other aircraft of the same category such as the Eurofighter Typhoon, the Super Hornet or the Su-35, and even lighter aircraft of the same generation such as the Swedish Gripen or the American F-16 Block 70/72+ Viper. In the world, only the Lockheed-Martin F-35, which enjoys unwavering strategic support from Washington and an R&D budget 12 times greater than that of the aircraft...

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Florence Parly confirms the replacement of the 12 used Rafale sold to Croatia

This puts an end to a long suspense, as well as to certain concerns. Indeed, the Minister of the French Armies Florence Parly, traveling to Zagreb for the signing of the sale of 12 second-hand Rafales to Croatia, confirmed by a tweet that the devices, which will be taken from the fleet of the Army de l'Air et de l'Espace, will effectively be replaced by an order to be launched in 2023. at this time according to the planning of the Act…

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The Rafale will fly well under Croatian cockade

This Friday, the Croatian authorities confirmed their decision to acquire 12 second-hand Rafale aircraft from France to replace its last MIG-21s by 2024. Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković indicated that the French proposal was the one that best met the needs of the country's air forces, and the most relevant from an economic point of view. The contract, worth 999 million euros, includes the delivery of 12 Rafales to the F3R standard, the training of flight and maintenance personnel, ammunition and spare parts, in order to give the Croatian air forces the freedom of necessary and required action to defend…

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Croatia would have selected the Rafale to replace its Mig-21

According to the Croatian site jutarnji.fr, which is none other than the most important title of the country's leading press group, the Zagreb authorities have selected the French offer of 12 second-hand Rafales to modernize its air force and replace its Mig-21s acquired from Russia shortly after independence. The cost of the operation, including the 12 aircraft, ammunition and training, would represent an envelope of slightly less than €1 billion. The first 6 aircraft, which will be taken from aircraft in service within the Air and Space Force, could be delivered as early as 2024 if the final contract manages to be signed before...

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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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Gripen, F16V and Rafale selected to replace Croatian Mig-21s

The Croatian Ministry of Defense will soon send a delegation to Sweden, the United States and France, as part of the request for information for the replacement of its MIG 21 still in service within its armed forces. The role of the delegation will be to determine which will be the best candidate for the JAS Gripen C/D from the Swedish manufacturer Saab, the F16 Block 70 Viper from Lockheed-Martin and the second-hand Rafale F3, taken from French Army aircraft. French Air, like the agreement concluded with Greece a few days ago. Israel and its F16 Block 30+ initially proposed do not seem…

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Saab offers its JAS 39 Gripen to Croatia

After the American veto on the resale of used Israeli F16s to Croatia, Zagreb began a wide consultation to try to replace the 12 Mig21s still in service in its air force. Several avenues were mentioned, in particular the possibility for France to sell used Rafale planes. Given the effective budgetary capacities of this country bordering the Adriatic Sea of ​​4 million inhabitants, and whose GDP painfully reaches $60 billion, the majority of approaches have been based on second-hand devices. The Swedish manufacturer Saab seems determined to highlight the particularly low costs of its…

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