Major maneuvers are launched in the West to design new generation combat drones

There are, to date, no less than 7 programs aimed at designing or integrating drones in order to extend the capabilities of combat aircraft, and this for the Western camp alone. In the United States, these programs revolve around the US Air Force's Next Generation Air Dominance and the US Navy's F/A-XX; in Europe around the SCAF and Tempest programs; and in Asia around Japanese FX programs, South Korean KF-21 Boramae, as well as the Australian MQ-28 Ghost Bat. All aim to design high-performance stealth combat drones, capable of evolving around and for the benefit of manned combat aircraft, so as to…

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4 Reasons to Accelerate the Schedule of SCAF and MGCS Programs

While Franco-German cooperation around the 6th generation SCAF combat aircraft programs and the new generation MGCS combat tank program seemed destined to join the very long list of aborted defense industrial cooperation, the Minister for the Armed Forces, Sebastien Lecornu, and the German Defense Minister, Christine Lambrecht, announced at a joint press conference last week that these programs will come to an end, suggesting that the executive on both sides of the Rhine now intended to regain control of the conduct of these programs. This reaffirmed and determined political will, but also the geopolitical context...

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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 In addition, Berlin has distanced itself or even withdrawn from certain cooperation, such as the MAWS maritime patrol aircraft program scuttled by the acquisition of American P-8A Poseidons, the program for the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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The hypothesis of the F-35 in Spain grows on the tensions around the SCAF program

On the occasion of the International Fighter Conference in London 2021, a confidence of an executive director of Lockheed-Martin to the specialized magazine Défense Janes caused a certain stir within the SCAF program bringing together Germany, Spain and France for the design of the replacement for the Rafale and Typhoon combat aircraft, as well as its adjoining systems, by 2040. According to the reference magazine, Madrid had indeed undertaken to negotiate discreetly with the American manufacturer the acquisition of 50 F -35, 25 in version B with vertical or short take-off and landing to replace the AV-8B Harrier II arming the aircraft carrier Juan Carlos, and 25 in…

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The Spanish Army would be interested in the Nexter CAESAR cannon

Along with the Rafale combat aircraft, the CAESAR cannon designed and produced by Nexter is undeniably today one of the most successful French defense equipment items on the international scene. Indeed, the CAmion Equipped with an Artillery System, has already been chosen by 8 foreign armed forces, including 4 NATO members (Belgium, Denmark, Czech Republic and Lithuania), and new orders should soon be confirmed. from Iraq and Colombia. The CAESAR also seems to behave very well in Ukraine, where 18 of these systems have been offered by France to the Ukrainian forces to support the resistance against aggression…

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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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Super-Rafale, Mirage NG: France must study a medium-term alternative to SCAF

To say that the SCAF new generation combat aircraft program, which brings together France, Germany and Spain, is today on a downhill course would be an understatement. After several episodes of tension about industrial sharing between Paris, Berlin and Madrid, the program is now on hold in the face of the impossible agreement that Germany and Airbus Defense & Space are trying to get Paris and Dassault Aviation to accept, and which would oblige the French aeronautical group to share the piloting of the first pillar concerning the design of the Next Generation Fighter, or NGF, with its German counterpart. For several weeks now, the situation has been totally frozen, Eric Trappier,…

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Spain formalizes the order for 20 Eurofighter Typhoons to replace its F/A-18s in the Canary Islands

Like all NATO members, Madrid committed in 2014 to increasing its defense spending to a level equivalent to 2% of its GDP by 2025. But like a majority of its members, Spain had taken some liberties with this commitment. Thus, in 2020, the country devoted only $17,5 billion to its defense effort, i.e. 1,4% of its GDP, which was not without posing heavy constraints in terms of financing the modernization of the armed forces. , while they were engaged in many major programs, such as the design of the S-80 submarines and the F-110 frigates. Following…

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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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