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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The new ambitions of European Structured Permanent Cooperation

The Permanent Structured European Cooperation, or PESCO, is undeniably one of the major advances obtained in the field of Defense within the European Union. Launched in December 2017, it allows European industrialists and political actors to cooperate to develop new programs, whether purely technological or industrial, with the aim of avoiding the multiplication of similar programs within the European Union, and therefore expenditure deemed irrelevant because it is redundant between members. The first list of projects was presented on March 6, 2018, and focused above all on support programs, in the field of training, simulation,…

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Europeans to develop anti-missile solution to counter emerging threats

Among the new programs announced within the framework of PESCO, the structured cooperation program of the European Union, the TWISTER program, for TIMELY WARNING AND INTERCEPTION WITH SPACE-BASED THEATER SURVEILLANCE, is undoubtedly the most ambitious from a technological point of view. Led by France, in cooperation with Finland, Italy, the Netherlands and Portugal, TWISTER aims to develop an anti-missile solution intended to counter so-called emerging threats, i.e. threats that cannot be dealt with today by existing anti-missile systems, so as to provide a European base for NATO's ballistic missile defense programme. We already have to…

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Reinforcement of the NATO Air Baltic Policing device against a backdrop of tensions with Russia

Since March 2004, NATO has ensured the Baltic Air Policing mission, by deploying 8 fighters on the air bases of the Baltic countries, in order to ensure air policing missions in the air control zones of these countries. Indeed, the 3 Baltic States were, and still are not, able to have their own fighter air force. In recent years, with renewed tensions with Russia, the number of interventions by these devices has increased significantly. Following the strikes in Syria by the 3 permanent members of the Security Council who also belong to NATO, the United States, Great Britain and France,…

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