The Czech Republic ready to turn to the American F-35A

In 2004, on the sidelines of its accession to the European Union and 5 years after its accession to NATO, the Czech authorities ordered 14 JAS-39 Gripen C/D fighters from Sweden, including two two-seaters, to replace its Mig- 23 and Mig-21 inherited from the Warsaw Pact era, in the form of a 12-year leasing for an annual amount of 1,7 billion belts, or €65 million. In 2015, Prague renewed the lease for a period of 12 years, which will end in 2027. On this date, several choices are envisaged by the Czech authorities. The extension of the JAS-39 rental was quickly ruled out,…

Read the article

The Czech Republic negotiates the acquisition of 50 Leopard 2A7+ heavy tanks

Since the start of the conflict in Ukraine, the Czech Republic has been one of the countries most involved in providing military support to Ukrainian fighters. Despite a reduced armed force of only 25.000 soldiers and reservists, and a defense budget capped at €4 billion per year, Prague did not hesitate to transfer part of its stock of T-72M1 tanks to Kyiv. reserves, but also artillery, anti-aircraft defense and ammunition systems, and intends to continue this effort until the end of the conflict. The country obtained, in this perspective, the support of Berlin, which announced the transfer of…

Read the article

Germany, Poland, Slovakia: European tanks soon in Ukraine?

How far we have come since the day after the start of the Russian offensive in Ukraine, a German diplomat reportedly replied to his Ukrainian counterpart that there was no sense in sending military equipment to the Ukrainian armies, since the latter would be swept away in a few days. In fact, for the past few days, declarations have multiplied in Europe, and more generally in the whole of the Western camp, in favor of much more sustained support given to Ukraine in terms of defense equipment, including the heavy equipment requested for several weeks by Kyiv to stand up to the waves of assault launched by Moscow. Already, last week, Prague had confirmed…

Read the article

Westerners begin to transfer heavy military equipment to Ukraine

Whether it's Moscow's intransigence, the excesses of Russian propaganda, the Bucha massacre, or a subtle mixture of the three tinged with a diminished fear of the military potential of the Russian armies , the fact is that, for the past few days, the lines seem to have been moving in Europe, and more generally in the West, regarding the military support provided to Kyiv to deal with Russian aggression, and in particular to resist the next massive attack in the Donbass, as announced. Indeed, the Czech Republic has just announced the upcoming delivery of several dozen T-72M1 tanks and BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicles to the armies…

Read the article

Should European military support for Ukraine be increased?

Very few, even among the best informed, had imagined that after 5 weeks of combat, the Russian Special Military Operation would be so contained by the Ukrainian defenders, and that the Russian armies would have suffered material and human losses as well. important. However, today, despite its extraordinary firepower and air force, it is the Russian army that goes into a defensive position on many fronts, and even retreats in the face of certain Ukrainian counter-attacks, especially around Kyiv. However, this perception given both by the Western media and by the very efficient Ukrainian war communication, does not allow…

Read the article

Can the French aeronautical industry bounce back from the success of the F-35 in Europe?

At the end of last week, and as anticipated, the Finnish authorities announced that they had selected the American F-35A fighter to succeed the F-18s within its air force, at the end of the HX competition which saw once again the American fighter to the other Western models, F/A 18 E/F Super Hornet, Gripen, Rafale and Typhoon. As in Switzerland, the conclusions presented by the Finnish authorities are final, the F-35 appearing superior to other competitors in all areas, including in the area of ​​budgetary sustainability. And as in Switzerland, many voices are now being raised to restore…

Read the article

Czech Republic cancels tender for new infantry fighting vehicles

In 2016, Prague launched a vast competition aimed at replacing its infantry fighting vehicles inherited from the Warsaw Pact era, with modern models from Western partners. In, 4 models were selected to compete, the Swedish CV90 Mk IV, the Spanish Ascod 2, and the German Lynx KF41 and Puma, with the aim of producing 210 armored vehicles for an envelope of €2 billion to equip the Czech mechanized brigade . KMW's Puma was phased out in 2019 after the technical specifications were significantly changed, and testing started in May of this year. In early November, however, the Ministry…

Read the article

Czech Republic ready to order 52 CAESAR 155mm guns from Nexter

A little over a year ago, Prague announced its intention to order 52 CAmion Equipped with a 155mm Artillery System, commonly referred to as CAESAR, from its designer, the French company Nexter, for an amount of €224m. . The validation of the order probably took longer than expected, but Defense Minister Lubomir Metnar has just tweeted to confirm having given the green light for the order to be executed. According to the terms previously negotiated, the delivery of the 52 units mounted on an 8×8 Tatra platform must take place between 2022 and 2026. This is the 7th customer to…

Read the article

Tensions at the highest between Russia, Ukraine and the West

According to a report by the European Union, the Russian armed forces would have assembled nearly 150.000 men in Crimea and along the border with the Ukrainian Donbass, making this deployment the largest since the end of the cold war. The EU, like all European capitals, as well as kyiv and Washington, are now more than openly worried about Russian maneuvers, all the more so as other factors indicate that the current crisis is now spreading to beyond Ukraine, to become a major crisis between the West and Russia. Reports of Russian military build-up on Ukrainian borders have multiplied in recent days…

Read the article

Britain launches development of its own "Loyal Wingman"

The principle of the allied drone, an autonomous device but controlled by a piloted combat aircraft with which it would act in concert, seems to have imposed itself in the majority of the major aeronautical nations in a few years. In the United States, it is the Skyborg program, and in particular the XQ-48 Valkyrie drone. In Europe, it is the “Remote Carrier” program, belonging to the SCAF program bringing together Germany, Spain and France. In Australia, it is the “Loyal Wingman” program, designed with the cooperation of Boeing. Even Russia, despite the Okhotnik-B program, announced the development of its own program of this type. Either way, it's…

Read the article
Meta-Defense

FREE OF CHARGE
See