SCAF, MGCS: Politics regains control of Franco-German defense industrial cooperation

“Many things have been said or written in recent weeks, I think that with one sentence, we will cut it short by saying that the SCAF is a priority project. […] It is awaited as much by Berlin as by Paris and this project will be done, we cannot be more direct” In a single sentence, the French Minister of the Armed Forces, Sebastien Lecornu, cut short all speculation concerning the future of the new generation combat aircraft program undertaken by Paris, Berlin and Madrid. And to add “We need to think about what will be the fighter aviation of the future, since we…

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Will the United States oppose the sale of Israeli Arrow 3 anti-ballistic missiles to Germany?

Barely a few days ago, following the Prague speech by Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Prague, which is establishing itself as the founder of German strategy in terms of European defense from now on, the German authorities confirmed their intention to order the anti- Israeli Arrow 3 ballistic missiles to constitute its anti-missile shield, and consequently, that of the European countries which will join the initiative proposed by Berlin. If this announcement made Paris and Rome cringe, which together are developing the all-European Aster 1NT anti-ballistic missile, it did not provoke any official reaction from Washington. It is precisely this lack of…

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Olaf Scholz wants Germany to take the lead in European Defence, alone!

A few days ago, we wrote that Germany was turning away from France without saying so in matters of defence. From now on, it is said, and in a very clear way. During a speech at the conference “The Bundeswehr in a new era”, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz clearly defined Berlin's roadmap in the years and decades in Europe. "Let's be perfectly clear, Germany is ready to take a leading position for the protection of the European continent." And to add “As the most populous country, having the most powerful economy in Europe and positioned at the heart…

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Arrow 3, KF-51 Panther, F-35..: Germany turns its back on France without saying so

For several months, the Franco-German defense industrial cooperation programs have suffered from a deep industrial divergence, as is the case of the opposition between Dassault Aviation and Airbus DS in the field of the new combat aircraft program SCAF generation, or between Nexter and Rheinmetall in that of the combat tank program of the future MGCS. In addition, Berlin has distanced itself or even withdrawn from certain cooperation, such as the MAWS maritime patrol aircraft program scuttled by the acquisition of American P-8A Poseidons, the program for the evolution of the combat helicopter Tiger 3 which will only be produced by Paris and Madrid (but to which the…

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Can the EMBT heavy tank from KNDS win against the KF-51 Panther from Rheinmetall?

The last Eurodatory 2022 exhibition devoted to land armaments was marked by the presentation of two new European tanks, a first for thirty years. Jointly engaged in a Franco-German MGCS program aimed at designing the replacement for the Leopard 2 and the Leclerc, Rheinmetall on the one hand, and the Nexter-KMW couple grouped in the KNDS group on the other, each presented their champion, the prototype of the KF-51 Panther of the first, and the Enhanced Main Battle Tank or EMBT demonstrator of the second. If, during the show, the two armored vehicles were more or less on an equal footing, both in terms of announced capacities and audience, the situation has…

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Germany wants an integrated European anti-aircraft defence, but without France...

How long ago the time when Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel repeated over and over again the benefits of Franco-German cooperation in order to build "the Europe of Defense", and that all subjects were considered in the specter of this cooperation, even when it was neither suitable nor efficient. Today, most Franco-German defense equipment co-development programs, such as SCAF, MGCS, MAWS or CIFS, are at a standstill or severely hampered, when they are not purely and simply abandoned. as Tiger III on the German side. What may appear as the emergence of technical differences hampering the progress of these industrial programs, could in reality be...

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Rheinmetall is planning its strategy to dislodge the Franco-German tank program MGCS

Like the SCAF new generation combat aircraft program which brings together Paris, Berlin and Madrid, the Main Ground Combat System or MGCS program, which aims to design the replacement for the French Leclerc and German Leopard 2 tanks, is being carried out today. today the subject of many questions and fears. If SCAF is above all threatened by the opposition between Dassault Aviation and Airbus DS, MGCS is, for its part, attacked by the German Rheinmetall, a last-minute guest in this program which was initially to be developed by the KNDS group as a result of the merger. between the French Nexter at the origin of Leclerc, and the German group Krauss Maffei Wegman, father…

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Was the probable failure of SCAF planned by Berlin for a long time?

Whether it is industrial, military or even political authorities, today there are hardly any voices in France or Germany to hope that the Future Air Combat System program, or SCAF, will go to its term. Even the French Ministry of the Armed Forces, the voice of the Elysée's European and Franco-German cooperation ambitions for more than 5 years now, is not resigned, but at the very least discreet, even skeptical on the subject. This failure in the making, which now seems almost inevitable, is often presented as the consequence of an industrial opposition between Dassault Aviation and Airbus Defense & Space regarding the Next…

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Can Digital Twins technology save SCAF and MGCS programs?

Since the beginning of 2022, the SCAF program for Future Air Combat System, which brings together Germany, Spain and France, with a view to designing the replacement for the French Rafale and the European Typhoon, has been judgment, against a background of deep disagreement over the industrial sharing around the first pillar of the program aimed at designing the NGF, Next Generation Fighter, the combat aircraft at the heart of this program. Indeed, the two major manufacturers of the program, the French Dassault Aviation and the German Airbus Defense & Space, are unable to agree on a compromise regarding the management of this pillar, initially attributed to…

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Can Germany become the first conventional armed force in Europe?

The start of the Russian offensive in Ukraine caused a profound electric shock in German society, as everywhere in Europe: Suddenly, the risk of war became much more pressing on the old continent, and public opinion turned eagerly to certain subjects , in particular on the ability of their armed forces to protect them against what was then often presented as a potential surge of Russian firepower and tanks. The day after the start of this offensive, the German Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Alfons Mais, published a post on the LinkedIn social network which further shook a…

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