CEMA recalls the particularities of French defence
The Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces, General Lecointre, spoke to the Anglo-Saxon press to present the military singularity and its application to the French forces. This was an opportunity to speak to a wider audience and explain to our allies how France works. And who knows, perhaps some cooperation could be strengthened ?
Israel will train Greek pilots
The Israeli government has announced the signing of an agreement with Greece to provide training aircraft and to build a training school .
A too heavy transport UAV for the Royal Navy
The Royal Navy has made public a request for information to study the too heavy heavy transport UAV solutions that can be used in a maritime environment.
Russia : TU-160 into service in 2021
Russia is aiming for 2021 for the entry into service of its modernised Tu-160 M strategic bombers, equipped among other things with the new Kuznetsov NK-32-2 turbojet engine. Russia also wants to increase the number of four engine aircraft in service over the next seven years to come.
Minotaure exercise : French Strategic Air Forces (FAS) sent to Djibouti
Several Rafale were sent to Djibouti at the end of december, with A330 MRTT support, for an Air & Space Forces exercise . The goal was to train FAS (Strategic Air Forces) for a Long-Distance Raid.
Why the French Air and Space Army wants to swarm its generals
The latest Air and Space Force (AAE) Strategic Committee meeting, held in mid-December, endorsed a decision by General Lavigne, Chief of Staff of the French Air and Space Force (CEMAAE). The current Air Force command, based in Bordeaux, will be blown up and its current brigades will be distributed, with their generals, on existing air bases.
First flights for NH90s to Qatar
The first two NH90 helicopters in their tactical transport and anti-submarine warfare versions for the Qatari armed forces made their first flights in Marignane and Venice.
Airbus A400M: Belgium joins the club
The Air Component of the Belgian Army receives its first Airbus A400M transport aircraft from an order of seven. The worldwide fleet of A400Ms is approaching 100 units.
Chinese military engine, Boeing 737 MAX, the Mayor-Tabarot report, this week in Air and Cosmos 2715
"Until now, China was the only member of the Security Council that did not have sovereign technology to power its military aircraft". Air and Cosmos, 18/12/2020.
Atlantic 2: the secrets of air-land missions revealed
ARDHAN, an association for the research of documentation on the history of naval aeronautics strikes a big blow. The maritime patrol, often very sober of restitutions on its missions is enlightened by an unpublished, dense and illustrated document of some 150 pages and very numerous photos.
Russia : Mig’s come back ?
Overshadowed by Sukhoi's innovations with the Su-57 fighter and the S-70 UCAV, but above all by its commercial failure with the Mig-35, the Russian aircraft manufacturer remains at the heart of strategic programs.
French Navy equips its helicopter carriers of S-100 UAV
After Dixmude, it will be the Tonnerre and Mistral that will be equipped with Camcopter S-100 UAV, developed by Austrian company Schiebel.
First shot for ASMPA strategic missile renovated
In december 9, a Dassault Rafale fighter plane has shot the strategic ASMPA missile « renovated », developed by MBDA. This shot is entering the qualification phase.
A very American aircraft carrier on orbit
The new nuclear aircraft carrier PANG will gather the amount of 3 billion of euros to the American industry
Sahel: still an important need capacitors in the 3rd dimension
Wheras Mali has ordered C295, G5 Sahel Joint Force General Staff expressed his capacitors armed forces needs in order to enpower the fight for terrorism which is highly present in the region. A report has been done, a bit when it has to give the the opinion to the majority.
Rafale Marine advantage for Chammal operation
Dassault Rafale Marine will deploy the 500kg GBU-16 on the occasion of this fifth mandate of Operation Chammal.
UAE strenghten intelligence capabilities
ISR airplanes , special forces and infowar
E-2D Hawkeye : modernizing French Navy.
French Directorate General of Armaments has announced having ordered three E-2 Hawkeye air surveillance planes for French navy. They will board the PANG (French new generation aircraft carrier)
Barkhane : reasons of Indelimane accident
13 Ground forces militaries died, about one year ago, due to a collision between two helicopters in Mali. The accident was due to a tactical mistake.
Qualification firing trials completed for MBDA Sean Venom Missile
Some days before, MBDA teams made last firing trial of the Sea Venom anti-ship missile. Test was conducted at DGA testing site, on Levant Island.
Russia tests new anti-ballistic missile
At the end of November 2020, Russia tested a new anti-ballistic missile from Sary Shagan testing range, located in Kazakhstan. The missile tested was probably a S-400 Triumf, conceived by Russian state consortium Almaz-Antey.
China : a UAV guides a helicopter-led strike
China announced that it has conducted tests to combine a UAV and a helicopter for target designation.
France commits to a European partnership to develop a new-generation helicopter
Five European states will collaborate in the development of a new medium helicopter.
French Navy will receive first three Airbus Dauphin N3 at December 1
First three Airbus Dauphin N3 which were remanufactured by Héli-Union, will join Hyeres Naval Air Base.
Ministry of Armed Forces purchases 7 Falcon 2000 Albatros
During her visit in Dassault plant at Seclin today, French minister of Armed Forces purchased 7 Falcon 2000 Albatros
Defence : Sabena technics makes acquisitions in MOC
After AeroTech Pro, Sabena technics also acquired Aeromecanic. Its operations consolidates Sabena technics positions in military segment and in Maintenance in Operational Condition (MOC).
Eurofighter : Airbus and Germany wants to enter into Switzerland market
After having won the contract of 38 combat aircraft Eurofighters for German air forces Airbus and German government submit Eurofighter offer to Switzerland
Innovation: a laser system to fight against UAV
AID, the French defence innovation agency, supports CILAS and its project against UAVs named HELMA-P.
Defence : New MBDA Air-to-surface missile for Tiger Helicopters
The decision to equip Tiger attack helicopters with a new Air-to-surface missile developed by MBDA is now official, and 500 units were purchased.
Completing in-flight refueling tests for Brazalian Caracals
Forca Aérea Brasileira has finalised its flight test campaign to certify the Caracal helicopters for refuelling operations.
Barkhane: 3D in action
While on October 30 the UAV and Mirage 2000 had already been engaged in a confrontation with armed terrorist groups, a new operation was conducted on November 6 with support from 3D.
Defence: Barkhane neutralises around 50 armed terrorist groups
Around fifty armed terrorist groups (GATs) were neutralised on 30 October in the Boulikessi region of Mali by a Air and Space Forces strike, followed by an operation of the Special Forces.
How will the Airbus H160 rented by the Navy be equipped?
We now know which equipment has been selected for the four Airbus H160s of the Navy's intermediate fleet.
Defence: Barkhane’s 3D attacked about one hundred times during 2020.
Aircrafts who took part in Barkhane operation attacked about one hundred times during the first ten months of 2020.
Special edition French air and Space Force Air et Cosmos number 2708 published on October 30 2020
60 special pages dedicated to the French Air Force
Griffon inside Airbus A400M
For the first time, an Airbus A400M has brought a Griffon to the metropolis from a theatre of operations.
Turgis et Gaillard company participate on MOC for Twin Otters
Turgis et Gaillard begin to make periodic visits of Twin Otter’s French Air and Space Force, as a subcontractor of Inéo, who win the contract
BAE Systems joins Skyborg program
BAE Systems has been selected for the Skyborg program to develop a UAV that will complement the fighter's capabilities.
Dassault Mirage 2000C back in Barkhane operation
Mirage 2000C from Fighter Squadron 2/5 Île de France will come back in Niamey from Barkhane operation, despite statements, on their last return from this mission, that it was their last.
Defence: Royal Blackhawk ploughs the inter-allied and joint forces
Originally, Royal Blackhawk was only a military exercise of the 1st artillery regiment. But, from the very beginning, it has taken on a particular depth through the presence of foreign partners
The end for Volfa
From 21 September to 9 October, the Volfa military exercise was held, a major training exercise for the French Air Force.
A first NH90 for the Ejercito del Aire
The first of twelve NH90 had been ended over to Spanish air forces for search and rescue missions.
Maintenance in operational condition (MCO): reform results
During a visit to the aeronautics industrial workshop (AIA) in Clermont-Ferrand, the French Minister of Armed Forces gave a progress report on the reform of the MCO.
Defence: Vador n.1 makes its coming out
On October 15th the French Air and Space Army has shown its first designation, observation and reconnaissance aircraft also known as VADOR.
MBDA launches a new air defence system
On the occasion of Euronaval On Line exhibition, MBDA announces the integration of the Mica NG anti-aircraft missile into its VL Mica defence system.
Swarms of UAV: a successful experiment for Leonardo and the Royal Air Force
Italian industrialist Leonardo and the Her Majesty’s Royal Air Force conducted experiments on UAV swarms.
Defence Budgets: MP Cornut-Gentille’s doubts
The MP for Haute-Marne, special rapporteur for defence in the Finance Committee of the French National Assembly, has once again expressed his doubts about the finance bill project (PLF) 2021.
Linden Blue, CEO of General Atomics, reveals its analysis of MALE RPAS market
On the occasion of Euronaval event, Air&Cosmos interviewed Linden Blue, CEO of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.