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  • Griffon VBMR Delivery
    Griffon VBMR Delivery 11 July 2020
    The French Army continues its progress in the land vehicles phase of the SCORPION Program, which was launched within the scope of network-centric warfare requirements. Delivery of Griffon VBMR, produced in partnership with Nexter, Thales and Arquus, continues. The French Army added 13 more of the platforms developed to replace VAB 4x4s in its inventory. It is stated that the Griffon VBMRs will be assigned to the 21st RIMa (21st Marine Infantry Regiment). Under the agreemen...
  • Light Mortar Procurement
    Light Mortar Procurement 8 July 2020
    Commando mortars are still preserving their importance, thanks to their indirect firing ability and the carrying firepower wherever infantry can reach. Hirterberger Defence, which has a 160-year long history in the field of defence, will equip the French Army with 60 mm of commando mortar. An agreement was signed with Austria-based Hirtenberger Defense Europe GmbH as part of the program launched by the state defence procurement agency DGA (Direction générale de l&rsquo...
  • France to Improve Navy AEW&C Capability
    France to Improve Navy AEW&C Capability 8 July 2020
    Ship-based airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft are eyes of the carrier task force in front lines, especially in open seas. Being the only user of nuclear aircraft carrier expect the USA, France is on the way to improve its ship-based AEW&C capability. In this context, Washington approved the possible sale of three E-2D Advanced Hawkeye under the FMS (Foreign Military Sales) to Paris. The total cost of the platforms and the necessary equipment was es...
  • All Dimensions of Turco-French Tensions
    All Dimensions of Turco-French Tensions 2 July 2020
    Tensions increasing between France and Turkey. The Paris Ambassador of Turkey Ismail Hakki Musa's statement about the incident that TCG Oruçreis (F 245) and French frigate FS Courbet (F 712) involved with the images with C4Defence difference. A few days ago France presented a letter to NATO claiming that Turkish frigate threatened French frigate by tracking with radar. Turkey, however, stated that French frigate, FS Courbet (F 712), approached to TCG Gö...
  • Ireland May Acquire Interceptor Jets
    Ireland May Acquire Interceptor Jets 1 July 2020
    Republic of Ireland airspace has been frequently visited by Russian fighters recently. The Irish government wants to put an end to these visits. It also wants to be less dependent on British Royal Air fighters to defend its sovereignty. The Irish Air Corps has had no combat jet since 1998, when the Light Strike Squadron, operating on second-hand French Fouga CM170 Magister, was disbanded. The corps also lacks a national radar system.   To address the increasing threat...
  • Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile Test
    Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile Test 16 June 2020
    Submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM) can be launched from anywhere in the world, regardless of the territory of the carrier platform. This gives user states hit any point in the world capability. France, which has been conducting studies on modernizing the nuclear submarine fleet and strengthening it with new platforms, conducted ballistic missile test launch in the Atlantic on June 12. During the activity carried out off the coast of Finistère, Audiern...
  • Last ASW Frigate in Active Service
    Last ASW Frigate in Active Service 11 June 2020
    The frigates, which are far away from their definition in the Second World War in terms of equipment, size and displacement, constitute an important striking force thanks to their technological equipment. France continues its efforts to renew the navy and increase its capabilities. In this context, the French Navy announced that it was actively commissioning the FS Normandie (D 651) platform, the last anti-submarine warfare (ASW) frigate built under the FREMM Program. The friga...
  • Steel Cut for New Replenishment Tanker
    Steel Cut for New Replenishment Tanker 24 May 2020
    Replenishment ships are a strategic element that extends the range and mission endurance of naval platforms without returning to the port. The French Navy cut the first steel under the Bâtiments Ravitailleurs de Force (BRF) Project for ships to replace the Durance-class platforms that have reached the end of their economic life. With the ceremony attended by French Defence Minister Florence Parly, the process of building new ships began. In the process to be car...
  • Rafales Deployed to Middile East for Reconnaissance
    Rafales Deployed to Middile East for Reconnaissance 23 May 2020
    Unmanned platforms are becoming widespread in reconnaissance missions. Despite this, manned recon still remains important. Combat jets can easily be turned into reconnaissance aircraft thanks to plug-and-play reconnaissance pods. According to the statement made by the French Ministry of Defence, Rafales were deployed for reconnaissance tasks in the Middle East geography within the scope of the fight against ISIS. The platforms are equipped with RECO-NG discovery-observation pod...
  • Nuclear Submarine at Sea Trials
    Nuclear Submarine at Sea Trials 18 May 2020
    Sea trials of Barracuda platforms, which are planned to replace Rubis class submarines that have reached the end of their life, have begun. The French Navy, started to test phase of FS Suffren (Q 284), the first platform built under the Barracuda-class submarine program, The submarine was recently subjected to vertical replenishment trials VERTREP for the first time with an NH90 NFH helicopter. This process has great importance in issues such as medical evacuation, goods a...
  • KTJ-3200 Close to Becoming Operational
    KTJ-3200 Close to Becoming Operational 15 May 2020
    Gürcan Okumuş, who is the TÜBİTAK SAGE (Savunma Sanayii Araştırma ve Geliştirme Enstitüsü / Defence Industries Research and Development Instute) Institute Director, was a guest on live stream at C4Defence's Instagram account. Okumuş made important statements about KTJ-3200 engines. The Presidency of Defence Industries had started a project to replace the French Safran production TR40 turbjet engines used in the SOM missile family with their local co...
  • Germany Publiced Intensions
    Germany Publiced Intensions 27 April 2020
    Turning to the puzzle of the decision to be made for the platform that will replace Tornado and Eurofighter Typhoon T1 aircraft at the end of their useful life, Germany has announced its official intentions for the first time about the process. German State Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer made a statement regarding the aircraft that were on the agenda for the German Air Force (Luftwaffe). Minister; said that on April 21, 93 Eurofighter Typhoon Tranche 4 and 30 F/A-1...
  • Number of Crew Diagnosed with Virus in Charles de Gaulle Rises to 700
    Number of Crew Diagnosed with Virus in Charles de Gaulle Rises to 700 16 April 2020
    The number of crew members diagnosed with COVID-19 in the Navy is increasing. France's only aircraft carrier, Charles de Gaulle, who took part in the exercise in the Baltic Sea, arrived in Toulon two weeks before it was planned due to the virus. The French Defence Ministry said 1,767 mariners, nearly all from the Charles de Gaulle itself, had been tested and results showed at least 668 to be infected with the new coronavirus. Results are still not in from a third of the tests. &...
  • Weird Incident
    Weird Incident 14 April 2020
    Rafale, one of the most advanced combat aircraft, witnessed a strange event last year. The French military air accident investigation agency released details of an incident that occurred in March 2019. In the incident involving a Rafale B stationed at Saint Dizier / Robinson, a 64-year-old man ejected himself "by mistake" from the aircraft. The employees of the aircraft manufacturer company have arranged a flight in the back seat of the platform to give the perso...
  • The first COVID victim in Roosevelt
    The first COVID victim in Roosevelt 13 April 2020
    The damage caused by COVID-19 to navies continues to increase. The USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) aircraft carrier gave the first victim since the outbreak of pandemic in the open seas. The issue became more concrete when USS Theodore Roosevelt's captain Brett Crozier anchored the ship to the Guam Naval Base. Thomas Modly, Deputy Secretary of the US Navy, dismissed the captain who said "we are not at war, there is no need to die," and then had to resign. Following these develop...
  • COVID-19 Knocks Out French Aircraft Carrier
    COVID-19 Knocks Out French Aircraft Carrier 9 April 2020
    French Carrier Charles De Gaulle to return home due to possible COVID-19 infections. The French Defence Ministry has reported that at least 40 sailors aboard an aircraft carrier have shown symptoms of the new coronavirus. France’s aircraft carrier will be brought home early from the deployment in the Atlantic after some crew members. The ministry said on 8th April, “As of today, a screening team with test means will be sent aboard the aircraft carrier to investigate the ...
  • Chinese Sea Hawk
    Chinese Sea Hawk 6 April 2020
    In addition to the original product development, the images of China's new helicopter, which intensely carries out reverse engineering activities, have been published. In the past years, China developed the Z-20 helicopter with the reverse engineering method from the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters it had previously acquired from the USA. The naval variant of the Z-20, which was produced in line with the need for high-performance helicopters especially in high altitude areas s...
  • French MRTT First Use Against Coronavirus
    French MRTT First Use Against Coronavirus 22 March 2020
    The French Air Force flew for the first time an Airbus A330 MRTT Phoenix for medical evacuations (Evasan) of patients infected with Covid-19. An Airbus A330 Phoenix from the Air Force equipped with MORPHEE modules (Module de Réanimation pour Patients à Hautes Elongation d’Evacuation/ Resuscitation Module for Patients with High Evacuation Elongation) transported six patients infected with coronavirus between Basel-Mulhouse and the south from France. &nbs...
  • Leased Helicopter Era for French Air Force
    Leased Helicopter Era for French Air Force 18 March 2020
    While the Cold War equipment is nearing the end of its economic life, user countries are coming up with new action plans and measures. The French Air Force (Armée de l'Air / ALA) has announced that it will be replace veteran SA330 Puma helicopters, which are nearing the end of their useful life. The force, which plans to lease 20 H225s from Airbus in the first place, plans to use these platforms in missions such as search-rescue and air raid. While the published...
  • Canada Cancels EX MAPLE RESOLVE Drill
    Canada Cancels EX MAPLE RESOLVE Drill 18 March 2020
    Measures taken due to coronavirus are increasing worldwide. Canada's biggest military exercise of the year, EX MAPLE RESOLVE, was cancelled as part of its efforts to keep troops healthy in case they are needed to provide assistance to the government because of the novel coronavirus. It was also stated that the travel permits of the military personnel abroad were cancelled. Around 4,000 soldiers were expected to take part in the exercise to hold in May. Last year Canadian Army so...
  • Sea 1000 Off Track
    Sea 1000 Off Track 12 March 2020
    Australia, which failed to hit the targets and take the final steps in the submarine procurement, is allegedly off track. The Sea 1000 program, launched for the replacement of the Collins class submarines, near the end of their duties in the Royal Australian Navy, fell to the bottom. Planning to procure 12 French-made Scorpéne-class platforms at a cost of USD 80 billion, Australia is at risk of failing the project. In a report published in the country...
  • Sea Venom at First Qualification Trial
    Sea Venom at First Qualification Trial 8 March 2020
      The Sea Venom missile has successfully completed its first qualification firing trial. The missile is jointly developed by France and the United Kingdom under the 2010 Lancaster House treaties The trial took place at the French DGA procurement agency's test site at Ile du Levant on Feb. 20, but was only announced Friday. The missile, measuring 240 pounds and 8.2 feet long, carries a 66-pound warhead, which it can deliver at high subsonic speed to an es...
  • Australian Disappointment at $80 Billion Submarine Program
    Australian Disappointment at $80 Billion Submarine Program 15 February 2020
    Relations between the Australian Federal Government and the French company designing future submarines have hit a new low, with the Australian Defence Minister declaring she will hold the group to account on its local industry commitments. France-based Naval Group questioned the capability of local suppliers and suggested Australian businesses may not get half of the value of contracts under the $80 billion program. Naval Group Australia chief executive John Davis told The...
  • Second Tanker Arrived To France
    Second Tanker Arrived To France 14 February 2020
    The second delivery of the tankers ordered to replace the existing aerial refueling aircraft that have reached the end of their economic life has been completed. Lockheed Martin completed the delivery of four C-130J Super Hercules ordered in 2016 by France. The company announced that the delivery process with two KC-130J Super Hercules.  The French Air Force (Armée de l'air / ALA), which accepted the first platforms in 2017 and 2018, received the KC-13...
  • Spain to Join on European Patrol Corvette Program
    Spain to Join on European Patrol Corvette Program 9 February 2020
    Spain may join Italian and French new 3 000 ton corvette programme along with Greece. Italy and France want to win European Union funding for the construction of a new corvette. The program dubbed the European Patrol Corvette which is part of the EU’s Permanent Structured Cooperation, or PESCO. PESCO is one pan-European defence programs recommendations to bridge capability gaps collaboratively. The new naval, joint venture between Italy’s Fincantieri and France’s N...
  • New FREMM to Egypt
    New FREMM to Egypt 4 February 2020
    FREMM (Fregata Europea Multi-Missione) platforms built in Fincantieri Shipyard for the Italian Navy became the topic of the Italian-based press organizations where the platforms can be sold to Egypt. Last year, Italy offered B1 Centauro armoured combat vehicle to Brazil and two FREMMs of under construction. The problem was the price: the ships would together cost 1.5 billion Euros. Therefore, Brazil rejected the offer. In a related context, the Italian news agency Il Sole 24 ORE Rad...
  • Will Charles de Gaulle achieve "Balance" in the Eastern Mediterranean?
    Will Charles de Gaulle achieve "Balance" in the Eastern Mediterranean? 3 February 2020
    Charles de Gaulle, France's aircraft carrier, turned its direction to the Eastern Mediterranean to fight ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Paris, which wants to increase its military presence in the region, will deploy Charles De Gaulle at Limassol port in Greek Cypriot for several days next month. French Ambassador to Greek Cyprus Isabelle Dumont told the News Agency the aircraft carrier would arrive in the region in "just a few days" to take part in coalition operations against ISIS in ...
  • Thales Mortar for SCORPION
    Thales Mortar for SCORPION 31 January 2020
    The sixth procurement contract was announced in the SCORPION Program, which was launched by the France to meet modern battlefield requirements and to adapt its configuration to network-centric warfare. Under the agreement, called MEPAC and signed on December 30, 54 Griffon VBMRs equipped with a mortar will be supplied for the French Army. Within the SCORPION Program, DGA plans to procure 1872 Griffons by 2025. The armoured mortar vehicle variant of the Griffons, will be equippe...
  • Short List on MANPADS Tender
    Short List on MANPADS Tender 27 January 2020
    The Philippines, which has reducing its soldier number and equipments until 2014, when the radical religionist terrorist organization ISIS began to grow stronger in the region, continues its re-armament process. A short list was announced in the tender for the short-range air defence system (MANPADS / Man Portable Air Defence System), which is one of the procurement projects launched for the reconstruction and equipment of the armed forces. French MBDA and Korean LIG Nex1 ...
  • Dassault and Thales to Build the Next SIGINT Plane
    Dassault and Thales to Build the Next SIGINT Plane 24 January 2020
    The French Defence procurement agency, Direction Générale De L’armement (DGA) has awarded the Archange (formerly known as Epicure ) airborne strategic intelligence program to Dassault Aviation and Thales. The total value of the contract is unknown. This program will see three Dassault Falcon 8X being fitted with Thales electronic intelligence technologies.  Falcon Archange will detect electromagnetic signals emitted on the battlefield, allowing the French ar...
  • Replecement Time to Beretta 92 of France
    Replecement Time to Beretta 92 of France 16 January 2020
    France continues the replacing process of firearms with pistols. In 2017, the Paris government began replacing FAMAS with HK416F infantry rifles and now, launched a procurement process for the armed force's pistols. Beretta 92FS pistols, which have been in service with the name PAMAS G1 for about 30 years, will be replaced by Glock 17 Gen 5s. The French Army will procure 74,559 Glock 17 in the first phase. The total cost of weapons which expected to be delive...
  • Philippines Receives Offshore Patrol Vessel from OCEA
    Philippines Receives Offshore Patrol Vessel from OCEA 29 December 2019
    The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) received on 18 December 2019, an offshore patrol vessel BRP Gabriela Silang (OPV-8301) from French shipbuilder OCEA. The ship will arrive in the Philippines by February 2020. The ship is based from OCEA's OPV-270 design and with a length of almost 84 meters, the largest monohull patrol boat in the world made of aluminium, and is expected to be the PCG's newest flagship and largest patrol vessel. The ship will host 40 offic...
  • AGOSTA 90B Back to Sea 24 December 2019
    Pakistan Navy’s AGOSTA 90B class submarine (PNS / M Hamza (S-139), modernised by Turkish Defence Technologies Engineering and Trade Inc. (STM) was launched to sea. To upgrade the submarine, the Ministry of Defence of Pakistan launched a 1 + 2 (option) submarine modernisation tender in 2016. The French Naval Group shipyard (former DCNS Shipyard), which built the submarine, also participated in the bid. Pakistan chose STM and expanded the scope of the Submarine Modernization Project with ...
  • Greece wants to Build US Ships in Greek shipyards
    Greece wants to Build US Ships in Greek shipyards 20 December 2019
    Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will visit the US, and he is expected to discuss building US Ships in Greek shipyards. Navy is in discussions with the US on its frigates cogeneration, on the platform of American frigates LCS (Freedom-class littoral combat ship) The proposal seems to meet the requirements set by the Navy for the development of a new vessel, based on the US LCS platform, but with Greek demands being met and at a more economical price than the French...
  • FCAS: An Agreement On The Engines
    FCAS: An Agreement On The Engines 3 December 2019
    France and Germany have reached an agreement on the industrial organisation of engines at the Future Combat Air System (FCAS) programme. Safran will be the main contractor and MTU subcontractor. Subsequently, the industrialists will create a joint venture at parity to carry the contracts and the certification of the engine. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Airbus Defence and Space  Dirk Hoke spoke to French Daily La Tribune at Dubai Air Show. Hoke stated that the challenges of ...
  • Future French Armoured Vehicles at Qualification Tests
    Future French Armoured Vehicles at Qualification Tests 18 November 2019
      The French Army and French Navy started the qualification testing of the Griffon Armoured Personnel Carrier and Jaguar Armoured Fighting Vehicle in early November 2019 according to Naval News. The tests are consisted of in the embarkation and disembarkation of the vehicles aboard and from French Navy ship to shore connectors, namely the Landing Craft Utilities and landing catamaran. The ageing CTMs will be replaced by the new EDA-S starting in mid-2020. Th...
  • France proposes Rafale fighter in Colombia
    France proposes Rafale fighter in Colombia 4 November 2019
      Dassault Aviation offers its Rafale fighter jet in Colombia to upgrade its Colombian Air Force fleet. According to Infodefensa, representatives of the French company met with Colombian officials last week and presented the aircraft Rafale with its weapons that are not subject to US restrictions. France promotes the sale of fighters to Colombia for the second time. In 2015, France offered 18 Mirage 2000-5F. The current French offer includes 12 Raf...
  • French Navy Receives First Two Upgraded ATL2s
    French Navy Receives First Two Upgraded ATL2s 30 October 2019
    The French procurement agency Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA) has authorised the transfer of the first two upgraded Dassault Atlantique 2 (ATL2) maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) to the French Navy, the French ministry for armed forces announced on 24 October. French Navy operates 22 ATL2 MPA. Eighteen MPAs will be upgraded to the new version called 'Standard 6' to allow the aircraft to operate until 2030. The upgrade programme includes the de...
  • France to Construct New FDI-Class-Frigates
    France to Construct New FDI-Class-Frigates 28 October 2019
    The steel-cutting ceremony of the first defence and intervention frigate (Frégate de Défense et d'Intervention /FDI) took place on the Naval Group site of Lorient. The ceremony was held in the presence of the Minister for Armed Forces, Florence Parly, the Head of the French Armament Directorate (DGA) Délégué Général pour l’Armement, Joël Barre, the Chief of Staff of the French Navy Christophe Prazuck, the Chief of the Hellenic Na...
  • Green Light from Greece to France
    Green Light from Greece to France 15 October 2019
    Greece has been looking for new frigates in its inventory. While talking about the procure of Adelaide-class guided-missile frigates who retired in the Australian Navy, it was on the agenda to focus on France’s multi-purpose Belharra frigates. Greek Defence Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos said he had signed a statement of intent for the acquisition with his French counterpart. Panagiotopoulos, adding that there was “a long way to go” before an agreement is reached on the requ...