The French Navy demonstrates the relevance of the double crew to arm its frigates

In 2019, the General Staff of the French Navy announced the start of an experiment allowing two FREMM frigates of the Aquitaine class, the Aquitaine based in Brest, and the Languedoc based in Toulon, to be equipped with 2 crews , similar to what has long been practiced for its nuclear-powered submarines. The Bretagne frigate was also double-crewed in 2020, and now all FREMMs of the Aquitaine and Alsace classes will be equipped with this feature. The objective is to allow ships to maintain an activity at sea for 180 days a year, while reducing the pressure on…

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The Army urgently orders American Switchblade 300 vagrant ammunition: Whose fault is it?

On the occasion of the Eurosatory exhibition which took place last week at La Villette, the Army, through its head of the Pan Office, Colonel Arnaud Goujon, had raised the possibility of ordering vagrant ammunition American Switchblade 300 to American AeroVironment, since confirmed by the Ministry, with the aim of filling an urgent captaincy deficit. This procedure is not exceptional, especially since the Switchblade 300 is not particularly advanced equipment, nor particularly expensive. It will indeed allow infantry or dismounted units of the Army to acquire an indirect precision fire capability, complementing the staffing of…

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The Army is studying the opportunity to increase its mass by robotics through the Vulcain study

The modernization of the French Army today involves two major programs. The SCORPION program currently underway aims to replace the light and medium component of the means at its disposal by 2035 with the delivery of 1872 6×6 VBMR Griffon armored personnel carriers, 54 Griffons equipped with the MEPAC artillery system, 300 EBRC Jaguar reconnaissance and combat vehicles and 2038 Serval 4×4 VBMRs, plus the replacement of Light Armored Vehicles from 2025 and the acquisition of 33 new CAESAR guns. The TITAN program, whose studies have already begun, aims to replace…

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Can France lease nuclear attack submarines from Australia?

The announcement of the Australian decision to unilaterally cancel the contract for the local construction of 12 conventionally powered Attak-class submarines by Prime Minister Scott Morrison in September 2021 was, in substance as well as in form , perceived by France as a deep humiliation, provoking one of the most serious diplomatic crises in recent decades between France and the triptych gathered around the new AUKUS alliance, Australia, the United States and Great Britain. For Canberra, it was a question of turning to nuclear-powered submarines, considered more capable of meeting the future needs of…

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F Gouttefarde, JC Lagarde, JL Thériot: these outgoing deputies necessary for the National Defense and Armed Forces Commission

Within the French National Assembly, the Commission for National Defense and the Armed Forces is far from being the most popular commission among deputies. The sovereign function par excellence being a reserved domain of the Elysée, it is difficult to shine there, or to assert an alternative or simply constructive voice, in the face of the doxa imposed by the Presidency of the Republic and the Ministry of the Armed Forces. . In fact, it is rare for MPs, whether from the majority or the opposition, to play a significant role. However, during the previous magistracy, several deputies knew, by their…

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KF51 vs EMBT: Speckled foil duel between Rheinmetall and KNDS around the MGCS program

Like the SCAF next-generation combat aircraft program, the Main Ground Combat System, or MGCS, program, aimed at designing the replacement for the German Leopard 2 and French Leclerc tanks, is encountering many difficulties. In addition to the deep doctrinal differences which oppose in the specifications between the Army and the Bundeswehr, the industrial sharing between the main actors, the German Rheinmetall on the one hand, and the groups Nexter and Krauss Maffei Wegman gathered in the KNDS group on the other, is also the subject of intense tension. Indeed, the Munich group, which is also very politically introduced to the Bundestag, the German parliament, is not from…

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Lithuania wants to order CAESAR mounted guns from French Nexter

During his visit to France to meet his counterpart Sébastien Lecornu, Lithuanian Defense Minister Arvydas Anusauskas confirmed in a tweet that his country intended to acquire CAESAR 155 mm artillery systems designed and manufactured by the French Nexter without specifying the number or the schedule. Update June 15: Lithuania signs a letter of intent for 18 French CAESARs. The CAmion Equipped with an Artillery System, or CAESAR, is today one of the most important export successes of the French specialist in land armaments Nexter. The 155 mm system, renowned for its precision, its length…

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President Macron announces the re-evaluation of the Military Programming Law and an increased effort in defense

During the inaugural speech of the Eurosatory exhibition, the French President announced that the work in view of an increase in the French defense effort to deal with the geopolitical developments of the latter had been started, and that the results should emerge from a few weeks here. While the vast majority of European chancelleries had announced a significant increase in their defense investments following the Russian offensive in Ukraine, the French authorities had, for their part, remained surprisingly discreet on the subject. On the occasion of the inauguration of the Eurosatory 2022 exhibition, the most important world meeting concerning land armaments which is held…

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India wants to turn to France to design the future reactor of the AMCA fighter

India is said to be in negotiations with France and the engine manufacturer Safran in order to co-develop the turbojet which will equip the future next-generation combat aircraft Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) of local invoice, planned to fly at the beginning of the next decade. . If, in recent years, many national aeronautical industrial and technological bases have undertaken to design a new generation combat aircraft, such as the South Korean KF-21 Boramae, the Turkish T-FX, or the Japanese FX, very few countries have the necessary know-how to design a military turbojet engine capable of propelling these aircraft. In reality, to date, only 5 countries…

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Can we save the European SCAF next-generation fighter program?

Announced in 2017 by Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel, the SCAF program for Future Air Combat System aims to develop, by 2040, a new generation combat aircraft (the 6th at the last count), the Next Generation Fighter, as well as a a set of systems designed to provide the aircraft with unparalleled operational capabilities. Since its launch, the program has found itself on several occasions faced with major difficulties, whether related to political arbitration and in particular to the requirements of the German Bundestag, to the difficult industrial sharing between the 3 participating countries (Germany, France and Spain) and the conceptual and doctrinal differences between the armed forces…

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