MGCS: Italy, Poland, Norway and Great Britain could join the program from 2023

Resulting from a preliminary study launched jointly by France and Germany in 2012, the Main Ground Combat System program, or MGCS, was officially launched in 2017 by Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel to replace in 2035 the French Leclerc tanks and the German Leopard 2s, alongside 3 other emblematic programs of Franco-German cooperation in the defense industry, the Future Air Combat System or SCAF to replace the Rafale and Typhoon in 2040, the Common Indect Fire System or CIFS to replacing self-propelled guns and multiple rocket launchers in 2035, and the Maritime Airborne Warfare System or MAWS to…

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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…

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Swiss F-35: Rising prices and falling industrial compensation

Barely 5 months after the selection of the F-35A from Lockheed-Martin to replace the F-5 and F/A 18 of the Swiss Air Force, announcements and disappointments are accumulating for manufacturers, but also for Swiss taxpayers, who will have to put their hands on the wallet much more than initially announced to acquire the 36 American combat planes. Indeed, on the occasion of the publication of the contractual data proposed by the United States in Bern within the framework of this contract, the first slippages are already apparent, and will very probably weigh heavily in the citizens' vote which is taking shape, as well as on the parliamentary inquiry…

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With the Type 212CD, the German TKMS wants to design the first truly stealthy submarine

Since the beginning of the 70s, a technological race has taken place between the designers of more and more efficient passive sonar, and the manufacturers of submarines, who were seeking to produce more and more discreet submersibles, i.e. say radiating as little mechanical or man-made noise as possible. Gradually, anti-submarine warfare saw the famous "bang" of active sonars made famous by many films, replaced by high-sensitivity hydrophones, increasingly efficient computer signal processing algorithms, and the famous "golden ears", very awkwardly honored in the film "Le chant du loup".…

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Coastal defense batteries return to center stage

Traditionally, until the mid-60s, ports and military arsenals, as well as certain strategic locations on the coast, were frequently protected by coastal batteries, both anti-aircraft and anti-ship. But the erosion of the threat, especially after the collapse of the Soviet Union, as well as the appearance and democratization of missiles on board combat ships, led many countries to do without these defenses. However, in recent years, several armies have undertaken to acquire new capabilities of this type, in particular by acquiring coastal batteries equipped with anti-ship missiles. How can we explain this return to favor of defense batteries…

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Norway gives access to the United States to certain air and naval bases

With the military reinforcement of the Russian Northern Fleet, which has recently become a military district on its own, the needs for surveillance and defense along the Arctic sea route around Norway have increased considerably in recent years. to return to levels known during the Cold War. In addition, Moscow has made significant efforts to increase its military presence in the Arctic, both to protect the deployment of its fleet of nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines which, a few weeks ago, by conducting a simultaneous fire exercise led by…

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Great Britain and Norway are studying the acquisition of Leopards 2A7 heavy tanks

The German Leopard 2 heavy battle tank is the oldest of the 3rd generation tanks designed in Europe. It is also the one with the greatest commercial success, with 17 international customers including 13 European countries and 12 NATO members, for a total of more than 2.100 units built. It has been surpassed in the West only by the American Abrams M1, built it is true 9000 copies, but exported to only 9 countries, none of which is a member of NATO or the European Union. Above all, in 2020, the Leopard 2 remains the only European tank still assembled by its designer, the German company…

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Type 31, FDI, Gorshkov: What are the frigates worth today?

Today, the frigate represents the surface combat ship of excellence for first-class navies, combining the versatility of their sensors with advanced weapon systems to ensure a wide range of missions, from escort to control of maritime spaces, and sometimes even denial of access and land strikes. In this article, we are going to study some of the main classes of modern medium tonnage frigates, destined to become the backbone of many navies in the world, in order to compare them with each other but also to refine the perception of the technological balance of power and military in the field...

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Due to the coronavirus epidemic, NATO exercise "Defender 2020" will be reduced to its bare minimum

It was to be NATO's response to the gigantic real-life exercises recently carried out by Russia and its allies, notably during Vostok 2018, but also the largest military exercise carried out in Western Europe in a quarter of a century. Defender 2020, also called Defender, was to consist of deploying nearly 20.000 American soldiers in Western Europe, via transport by ships and planes staggered between the end of winter and spring 2020 to European ports and military bases. They would have joined around 17000 European soldiers there, making it possible to conduct a series of maneuvers and exercises in around ten…

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Russian air forces conducted a simulated attack on a Norwegian radar station in 2018

According to The Barents Observer website, the Russian air force conducted a simulated air attack on February 14, 2018 on the radar of the Vardø station in the north of the country. The simulated attack was carried out by 11 su-24 Fencer bombers. The information was revealed by Lieutenant General Morton Haga Lunde, director of the Norwegian intelligence services, during the annual presentation made to the Military Society in Oslo, on February 11, 2019. This is not the first time that such an aggressive simulation is conducted. On March 24, 2017, a similar mission was carried out on the same target, with a smaller number of aircraft. …

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