AFP
  • France Orders 313 Armoured Vehicles
    France Orders 313 Armoured Vehicles 25 September 2020
    French General Directorate of Armaments (DGA) ordered 313 armoured vehicles as part of Scorpion army modernisation program. The order includes 42 Jaguar combat vehicles and 271 Griffon multirole armoured vehicles. Nexter, Arquus and Thales are part of the program. The 2019-2025 Military Programming Law (LPM) provides for both an increase in the numbers of the SCORPION program and an acceleration of deliveries. The target in 2030 was thus raised to 1,872 Griffon and 300 Jaguar vehicl...
  • China Prepares against India's Rafale Jets
    China Prepares against India's Rafale Jets 12 August 2020
    The People's Liberation Army (PLA) of China conducted air defence system tests in the Gobi Desert in north-western China. The PLA has chosen the week when Dassault Rafale hunting/bombers will reach India as a date for tor-M1 anti-aircraft missile firing tests.  Pla, which builds similar conditions on the Indian-Chinese border in the high-altitude Tibetan region, is conducting platform and equipment testing in Gobi. Capable of destroying multiple air targets at the same time...
  • European Anti-Tank Program LynkEU Gets Ready for Trials
    European Anti-Tank Program LynkEU Gets Ready for Trials 11 July 2020
    The first test shots of the European anti-tank defence program LynkEU will take place soon. The program aims to create a common European anti-tank capability BLOS (Beyond Line Of Sight) (BLOS). In the tests, the missile, which will be the MBDA’s MMP (Missile Moyenne Portée), will be fired from an armoured vehicle battle tower with UAV targeting data. MBDA’s MMP missile was selected to fulfil the European Beyond-Line-Of-Sight battlefield engagement capability on th...
  • 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...
  • European Fighter Project to Begin Demonstrator Phase
    European Fighter Project to Begin Demonstrator Phase 14 February 2020
    The process of the new generation jet aircraft project is progressing. Airbus made a statement about the ongoing activities. The FCAS Program, launched by France and Germany in cooperation with Airbus-Dassault Aviation, started the demonstrator phase. Within the scope of the process called Phase 1A, important technological maturation processes will take place. Within the scope of the project where MTU Aero Engines, Safran and MBDA serve as the main subcontractors, the demonstra...
  • 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 ...
  • Light Armed Helicopter Flew for the First Time
    Light Armed Helicopter Flew for the First Time 5 July 2019
    Korea Aerospace Industries (Korea Aerospace Industries/ KAI) has carried out the first flight of its Light Armed Helicopter (LAH) prototype. The rotor platform developed for the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA), completed the test after a 20-minute test flight. The helicopter is powered by two Arriel 2L2 turboshaft engines co-developed and built by Safran Helicopter Engines and Hanwha Techwin. The RoKA has a requirement for more than 200 LAH helicopters, with entry into service schedul...
  • New Generation Aircraft Project Has Started with Engine Development
    New Generation Aircraft Project Has Started with Engine Development 8 February 2019
    France and Germany have announced the beginning of the industrial phase of the new generation fighter project. A ceremony was held in Safran's Gennevilliers Facilities with the participation of the French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly and the German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen. In this ceremony, the industrial phase of the Système de Combat Aérien Futur (New Generation Air Combat System / SCAF) Project, which was to be carried out jointly by France...
  • Germany and France Announce Next-Generation Fighter Jet Project
    Germany and France Announce Next-Generation Fighter Jet Project 7 February 2019
      Ending 33 years of direct competition between Eurofighter and Rafale, and renewing a lapsed defence industrial alliance between their two countries, the French and German defence ministers in Berlin signed agreements launching three major defence programs. Future Combat Air Systems (FCAS), agreement commits both countries to bilateral development and production of common manned and unmanned aircraft, binding them together for several decades to come. The F...
  • Deal in the French-German Partnership
    Deal in the French-German Partnership 22 November 2018
    France and Germany agreed on the design work for the joint combat aircraft. With the agreement, the two countries will fund their design work. Companies exhibiting their preliminary work at Euronaval 2018, which was held in recent weeks. Dassault and Airbus presented the results of recent preliminary studies to governments last days. Following the studies, the French and German governments agreed to continue the work. Thus, a step forward in the on of Europe's new genera jet was...
  • Supplier Selection Process Began in French Frigate Program
    Supplier Selection Process Began in French Frigate Program 3 April 2018
    Naval Group, who has been awarded as the main contractor for French Navy’s five intermediate-size frigates (Frégates de taille intermédiaire/FTI), has begun the selection process of suppliers and subcontractors.  The company was awarded the relevant contract in April 2017 and the first frigate is scheduled to be delivered by 2023. The main suppliers to be selected by the company so far include Axima, Constructions industrielles de la...
  • Safran to Power Qatari NH90s
    Safran to Power Qatari NH90s 29 March 2018
    Safran Helicopter Engines will supply engines for Qatar's new NH90 fleet. The 28 NH90 military helicopters, acquisition of which were announced on 14 March, will all feature RTM322 engines.  According to the company's release, they will be assembled in Bordes (France) and delivered to Airbus Helicopters' facility in Marignane, where the NH90 tactical transport version (TTH) is assembled, and to the Leonardo Venice-Tessera facility in Northern Italy fo...
  • Safran to Lead ‘Furious’ Project
    Safran to Lead ‘Furious’ Project 1 February 2018
    Safran Electronics & Defense has won the contract for a major French defense procurement agency DGA (Direction Générale de l'Armement) Science & Technology project, Furious. Covering a period of five years, this project is designed to lay the groundwork for the integration of land robots in French armed forces, as part of the Scorpion modernization program. Safran will call on support from academia as well as the agility of small and medium-size enterprises...
  • Leonardo To Lead The EU Project
    Leonardo To Lead The EU Project 16 January 2018
    Leonardo has been selected to lead the team that is to work under the first research project funded by the European Union, the OCEAN2020. OCEAN2020 will boost technological research in the naval domain also by the integration of unmanned platforms in surveillance and interdiction missions. The EU fund, launched in 2016 to build the union’s military capabilities, foresees a pooled €5 billion procurement budget.   The OCEAN2020 team comprises of 42 partners from 1...
  • VAB Found Its Light Successor: VBMR Léger
    VAB Found Its Light Successor: VBMR Léger 15 January 2018
    It is a major event that occurred recently in France when Nexter, part of the French-German KNDS company, has won the Light VBMR (VBMR Léger) contract for the Armée de Terre (French Army).  The contract, worth more than one billion Euros, includes the procurement of around 1500 vehicles, the ILS, and the development and qualification of a dozen of versions. Renault Trucks Defense was the favourite, since Light VBMR is in the core business of the Volvo subsidiary. ...
  • New Engine Family by Safran Engines
    New Engine Family by Safran Engines 12 October 2017
    Safran Helicopter Engines has unveiled a new family of powerplants called Aneto in early October.  The company states that the engines offer 25% more power compared with existing engines of the same volume with reduced operating costs up to 15% in fuel savings. The Aneto high power engine family covers the 2,500 to over 3,000 shaft horsepower (shp) power range. The first Aneto-1K engine is rated at 2,500 shp and has already been selected to power t...
  • Engine Control System by BNA
    Engine Control System by BNA 15 May 2017
    AES Aerospace Embedded Solutions GmbH, established by German MTU and French SAFRAN companies, has chosen Nurol BAE Systems Hava Sistemleri A.Ş. (BNA) as a partner regarding the "Electronical Engine Comtrol System Development Project". The signing cerremony of a relevant contract has taken place on the second day of 13th International Defence Industry Fair and attended by AES CEO Bernard Jurczynski and BNA General Manager Eray Gökalp.
  • "AC352" Took Its Maiden Flight
    "AC352" Took Its Maiden Flight 21 December 2016
    The maiden flight of the Avicopter AC352, powered with WZ16 engine, took place on 20 December in Harbin. Jointly developed by Safran Helicopter Engines, CAPI and Dongan, parts of the new Aero Engine Corporation of China (AECC) consortium, the new-generation turboshaft WZ16 met all performance targets set for this flight. Avicopter AC352 is a a 7-ton class medium utility helicopter, jointly developed by Avicopter and Airbus helicopters. 
  • Safran Wins New Export Contract
    Safran Wins New Export Contract 20 November 2016
    Safran Electronics & Defence, has won a new export contract to supply several dozen Sigma 30 systems for mobile counter-battery radars deployed by a foreign army. Integrated in mobile radar systems, Sigma 30 helps determine the precise location of enemy batteries, as soon as it detects any firing. Designed to optimize the operational deployment of artillery units and their intelligence systems, Sigma 30 gives combat platforms an autonomous engagement capability, even when there ...
  • New 'Panther' in Mexico
    New 'Panther' in Mexico 3 October 2016
    Mexico, the first customer for the latest variant of the multirole Airbus AS565 MBe Panther helicopters, received the first 10 units on 28 September. The Mexican Navy is set to receive three more aircraft before the end of the year under the contract signed in 2014. The new aircraft is equipped with two Safran Arriel 2N engines, and a new main gearbox that makes maintenance easier. The Panther is used for a wide range of military roles, including combat assault, fire support, anti-submarine w...
  • India Accelerates Indigenous Production
    India Accelerates Indigenous Production 7 September 2016
    Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) completed the first flight of its newly developed light utility helicopter prototype yesterday in Bengaluru, India. The technical abilities of the platform were tested during 15 minute-flight. HAL, will produce 187 helicopters in the scope of the contract signed with Defence Ministry. Completely indigenous, these helicopters are in 3 –ton-class and have a single Safran HE Ardiden-1U engine. Having a seating capacity of six passengers plus two pilots, ...
  • A400M: Ender recognizes "huge mistakes" 30 May 2016
    Cracks and engine failures on A400M, force the president of Airbus Group Tom Enders, to admit where they made mistake. According to Enders, the first mistake was to entrust the engine for the A400M to inexperienced consortium of this type of propulsion. In an interview with German newspaper "Bild", the president of Airbus Group, Tom Enders, recognizes that "huge mistakes" were made in the development of the A400M military transport. "We underestima...
  • A400M’s gearbox hits Airbus profits 29 April 2016
    Airbus faces a potentially heavy financial hit due to problems on the engine gearbox of the A400M military transport plane. Airbus shares have fallen 6% after it warned investors of mounting costs on its A400M military aircraft programme. The world's second largest aircraft maker reported a 23% fall in first quarter operating profits to $568m . Finance director Harald Wilhelm said the financial impact from recent problems with the gearbox on the A400M's giant turboprop engines could be "s...