How the Russian-Ukrainian war redrawn the world geopolitical map in a few days?

Beyond the heroic resistance of the Ukrainians and their president against the Russian forces, and the obvious change of strategy in the Kremlin's attack plan returning to a more conventional but also much more violent strategy vis-à-vis the civilian populations, Vladimir Putin's decision to launch this offensive against Ukraine has provoked, on an international scale, a geopolitical tidal wave of unprecedented magnitude since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Because if the Russian soldiers have seriously underestimated the resistance capacity of the soldiers but also of the Ukrainian civilians, the Kremlin has, for its part, deeply underestimated the unity and the response that will be demonstrated…

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Defense technologies that made the news in 2021

Despite the crisis linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, the news in 2021 was often marked by certain defense technologies, in a geopolitical context of growing tensions and critical crises. From Australia's surprise cancellation of the order for French-built conventionally powered submarines to switch to US-British nuclear attack submarines, to hypersonic missiles; from underwater drones to China's new fractional orbital bombardment system; these defense technologies, long in the background of the world media scene, found themselves in the news, and sometimes in the headlines during this year. In this two-part article,…

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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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A Swiss parliamentary committee will analyze the conditions for the selection of the F-35 in Switzerland

The choice, by the Swiss authorities, of the F-35A and the Patriot anti-aircraft system for the modernization of the Swiss air force and anti-aircraft defense last June caused much ink to flow, including digital, on the part of and other of the Alps. Indeed, until an impromptu meeting between American President Joe Biden and Guy Parmelin, his Swiss counterpart, the Swiss press gave the French Rafale, but also the Franco-Italian SAMP / T anti-aircraft system, largely favorites of the competition. , and this only a week before the official announcements. To the point that even Dassault Aviation had anticipated this success, and started to prepare its communication for…

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For the US Army, it becomes urgent to replace the anti-aircraft systems Patriot and Stinger

Over the past 4 years, Raytheon and the US State Department have managed to convince 4 European countries to acquire the MIM-104 Patriot anti-aircraft and anti-missile system: Sweden, Romania and Poland in 2017 and 2018 , and more recently Switzerland in a competition which opposed the American system to the Franco-Italian SAMP/T. In total, there are today 6 European member countries of NATO which implement this system, to which are added Sweden and Switzerland, which are or will soon be equipped with this system. The FIM-92 Stinger portable system equips 9 European armed forces. These two systems...

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Switzerland chooses the F35 and the American Patriot

The Swiss authorities have given their verdict, and it will be the F35A which will have to equip the Swiss Air Force in order to replace the F/A 18 Hornet and the F5 Tiger II currently in service. According to the released press release, the American aircraft would have proved to be far superior to its competitors with a total of 336 points, taking the advantage over the 3 other aircraft in 3 of the 4 criteria, namely combat performance, maintenance and availability, as well as in cooperation, visibly yielding only in the area of ​​compensatory offers, which was foreseeable after the last minute offer made by Airbus DS…

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The F35 crushed by the Defense Committee of the US House of Representatives

While the announcement of the future combat aircraft to replace the Swiss F/A 18 Hornet and F5 Tiger II is due to take place at 16:00 p.m. local time today, and the Swiss press understands that the F35A would be favored by its administration , the chairman of the Defense Committee of the American House of Representatives, the Democratic representative Adam Smith, once again thrashed the F35 program on Tuesday, during a session relating to the 2022 budget of the Pentagon. Washington State's 9th District Representative, who previously called the F35 program a "bottomless pit"...

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Swiss public opinion invites itself into the competition for the replacement of the Swiss F18 and F5

24 hours before the announcement of the winner of the AIR2030 competition aimed at replacing the F/A 18 Hornet and F5 Tiger II combat aircraft in service with the Swiss Air Force, the weight of public opinion seems to represent a growing issue. , not to say decisive, in this case whose twists have little to envy to an 8th final between France and Switzerland. According to the Swiss media, the outcome of this competition is unlikely to be more favorable to the French Rafale than yesterday's match was for the French team, since everything seems to indicate…

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Will Switzerland select the F35 despite itself?

The days go by and are not alike in Bern. Indeed, while last week, the French proposal and the Rafale aircraft seemed to have won competition for the replacement of the F/A 18 Hornets and the Swiss F5 Tiger IIs, the Swiss media seem to know, since the beginning of the week, that now, the American proposal and the F35A from Lockheed-Martin would be on the way to winning the tender. According to the sources quoted by the written press as well as by the television news, this proposal would offer a "quality-price" ratio exceeding "by far" those of the other competitors. However, the term reported by Swiss journalists,…

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