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  • French MRTT First Use Against Coronavirus
    French MRTT First Use Against Coronavirus March 22 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 March 18 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 March 18 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 March 12 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 March 8 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 February 15 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 February 14 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 February 9 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 February 4 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? February 3 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 January 31 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 January 27 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 January 24 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 January 16 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 December 29 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 December 24 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 December 20 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 December 3 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 November 18 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 November 4 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 October 30 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 October 28 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 October 15 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...
  • France Defence Budget: 37.5 billion Euros
    France Defence Budget: 37.5 billion Euros October 6 2019
    French draft defence budget for 2020 provides a global envelope of 37.5 billion euros. Modernisation of significant equipment, job creations and innovation are the main thrusts of the 2020 budget. The budget is presented on September 27 to the Council of Ministers by Florence Parly, Minister of the Armed Forces. The draft budget is in line with the commitments of the 2019-2025 Military Planning Act. The act increases the budget by € 1.7 billion per year until 2022: th...
  • A400M Performs First Helicopter air-to-air Dry Contacts
    A400M Performs First Helicopter air-to-air Dry Contacts September 24 2019
    The Airbus A400M new generation airlifter has successfully achieved its first helicopter air-to-air refuelling contacts with an H225M. Over the course of four flights, operated in day conditions over the south of France, the A400M performed 51 dry contacts marking a decisive milestone towards its full capability as a tanker. These tests were performed under the coordination of the French “DGA Essais en vol” flight test centre. The tests, involving no fuel and performed b...
  • France Received Hercules
    France Received Hercules September 20 2019
    Under the contract signed between France and the US government through Foreign Military Sales, France purchased two C-130J-30 Super Hercules transport aircraft and two KC-130J tanker aircraft. The French Air Force has received the first of two US-made KC-130J Hercules tanker aircraft. The two C-130J-30 airlifters were delivered in 2017 and 2018, and a second KC-130J will deliver in 2020. “In choosing to operate both the C-130J-30 and the KC-130J, France has built a diverse air...
  • The First Rafale will be Delivered on October 8
    The First Rafale will be Delivered on October 8 September 16 2019
      In September 2016, India signed a deal with the French government and Dassault Aviation to acquire 36 Rafale fighter jets for over USD 8.71 billion. Senior Indian officials are expected to receive on 8 October the first of 36 Dassault Rafale multirole fighters. Official sources said Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is likely to travel to France with Ministry of Defence (MoD) and IAF personnel to receive the aircraft at Dassault's facility in Bordeaux-Mérignac....
  • The First Rafale will Enter the Inventory
    The First Rafale will Enter the Inventory August 29 2019
    In September 2016, India signed a deal with the French government and Dassault Aviation to acquire 36 Rafale fighter jets for over Euro 7.8 billion to meet urgent requirements on the eastern and western fronts. As a result of this agreement, Air Force Chief BS Dhanoa and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will be in France on September 20 to receive the first Rafale jet manufactured for the Indian Air Force. "In presence of the IAF Chief, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will accept the aircra...
  • Unmanned Era on MineSweeper
    Unmanned Era on MineSweeper August 10 2019
    The unmanned surface vessel of the SLAMF/MMCM (Système de Lutte Anti-Mines du Futur / Maritime Mine Counter Measures) program carried out a demonstration of its capabilities in Brest harbour in June 2019. Testing with teams from the French Navy, French Armament General Directorate (DGA) and Thales is ongoing while qualification for the whole system is set for December this year. SLAMF results from Franco-British cooperation initiated in 2010 as part of the Lancaster House agr...
  • Which Frigates will Greece Procure?
    Which Frigates will Greece Procure? August 2 2019
      Greece may include Adelaide-class guided-missile frigates in the inventory of the Hellenic Navy. High-ranking officers from the Greek Navy were hosted onboard HMAS Newcastle as it was docked in Singapore during Exercise Indo-Pacific Endeavour in May. Two months later, the Australian Embassy in Athens requested a meeting with the head of the Greek Agency for Military Procurements, Vice Admiral Kyriakou Kyriakidis. According to a Greek government press release, the conversation...
  • Canada Seeking New Wings
    Canada Seeking New Wings July 29 2019
    For the replacement of CF188 aircraft in service in the Royal Canadian Air Force, the Canadian government has issued a Request for Proposal (RfP) to suppliers. Suppliers have until the spring of 2020 to submit their first offers to Canada. The government, which plans the first deliveries by 2025, foresees that the selection process for the supplier company will continue until the second quarter of 2022. The platforms that are issued with RfP are; SAAB Jas39 Gripen/Sweden, Airbus Eurofighter T...
  • HSI32: Saudi Arabia and France Cooperation
    HSI32: Saudi Arabia and France Cooperation July 25 2019
    French Shipyard CMN delivered the first two HSI32 Interceptors for the Royal Saudi Navy. In April 2018, Saudi company Zamil Offshore Services concluded an agreement worth 480 million dollars with CMN for the construction of 39 HSI32 interceptors for the Saudi Naval Forces. According to the agreement, 21 vessels are set to be built by CMN in Cherbourg, France, and the remaining 19 will be assembled at the facilities of Zamil Offshore Services in Saudi Arabia. The vessel has a range of 800 naut...
  • Serbia Prefers French Missiles
    Serbia Prefers French Missiles July 17 2019
    Serbia signs for the acquisition of Mistral 3 short-range air defence systems with MBDA. During  French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to Serbia, MBDA announces the signing of a contract for Mistral 3 short-range air defence systems . Serbia becomes the 32nd customer country for the Mistral missile. This will allow Serbia to benefit from the shared user experiences from the many forces operating and to contribute to the definition of the future developments of the weapon systems...
  • France Considers Acquiring CH-47 Chinook July 16 2019
    France is considering the acquisition of an undisclosed number of special forces Boeing CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters for its air force. Although the French military operates extensive numbers of Airbus Helicopters H225M Caracal and NH Industries NH90 Caiman rotorcraft – both in the 11t class.  
  • France to Create Military Command of Space
    France to Create Military Command of Space July 16 2019
      French President Emmanuel Macron has announced the creation of a command dedicated to space. Macron said, "To ensure the development and reinforcement of our space capabilities, a large space command will be created next September" within the Air Force which "will eventually become the Air Force and Air Force. "The new space and military doctrine which was proposed to me by the Minister, which I approved, will ensure our defence of spac...
  • First Suffren Received July 12 2019
      Jane’s reported that France received the first of its new generation Suffren class (Barracuda) nuclear-powered attack submarine for its Navy. Suffren’s drydock will not actually be flooded until the end of July. Harbour trials are planned to start on 13 July and will continue until the second quarter of 2020, after which at-sea trials will begin. The loading of the nuclear core of the reactor is planned for September 2019, and the reactor is expected to go critica...
  • First Griffon Delivered July 5 2019
      France's first Griffon 6×6 multirole armoured vehicle was procured to the French Army at a ceremony held at the facility where it was produced. France has placed a total order of 1,872 Griffons under the SCORPION programme, which was launched in 2014, and is France’s plan to modernise the French Army’s ageing vehicle fleet. The Griffon is one of the three key new vehicles of the Scorpion programme, along with the Jaguar and the Serval which ren...
  • Gowind Coming to the Navy July 4 2019
      The Romanian authorities have selected French Naval Group and its Romanian partner Santierul Naval Constanta for the program to build four new Gowind multi-mission corvettes,to modernize the T22 frigates and to create a maintenance centre and a training centre.  The platform and its combat system offer a comprehensive set of state-of-the-art NATO-standard combat-proven capabilities for anti-surface warfare. Naval Group is due to build the first corvette within ...
  • Strategic Cooperation Result: 382 Griffon and 60 Jaguar July 1 2019
      The intergovernmental strategic cooperation agreement between the Government of the France and Belgium on their cooperation in the field of land mobility, came into force on June 21. This contract calls for the delivery to the Belgian Army of 382 Griffon multi-role armoured vehicles and 60 Jaguar data-driven reconnaissance and combat vehicles between 2025 and 2030, both of which are developed by a consortium formed of Nexter, Thales and Arquus. These vehicles will b...
  • France Wins €750M Order from Abu Dhabi
    France Wins €750M Order from Abu Dhabi June 7 2019
    Abu Dhabi has ordered two Gowind corvettes worth €750 million from Naval Group, La Tribune reported quoting unidentified sources who confirm an initial report in the ‘Intelligence Online’ newsletter. The contract, reportedly signed on March 25, may however be blocked by Germany which has decreed an embargo on weapon deliveries to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, as the two ships are to be powered by diesel engines produced by Germany’s MTU.