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Space Lasers for Satellite Defense Top New French Space Strategy

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French Defense Minister Florence Parley says she has been exploring with French defense giant Thales concepts for what she called “fearsome little detectors” that “will be the eyes of our most valuable satellites.”

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Future Combat Air System: Inside The Franco-German Program

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Many feel that the FCAS (Future Combat Air System) is a Mission Impossible when one focuses on how much money — $4 billion by 2025 is to be jointly allocated by France and Germany.

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Lockheed Teams With Airbus, ELTA, Rafael For Israeli Contracts & US Cash

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New restrictions on US aid to Israel is driving companies to seek American partners.

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Euro Tanker Program Plans To Expand

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Didier Plantecoste, head of the MRTT program at Airbus, says the allied tanker program is wooing new European customers in “the South.”

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With FCAS, French Air Force’s Renaissance Begins

Posted by Murielle Delaporte on


France’s Air Force imagines new and improved concepts of operations will flow from the Future Combat Aircraft System (FCAS).

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France To US: You’re Really Important To Our New Fighter

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France’s commitment to a cutting-edge sixth-generation fighter — working in tandem with drones and long-range sensors — is a sign of its commitment to deterring Putin’s Russia.

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UK F-35s Clear IOC For Land-Based Ops; UK Spending Big on Defense

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WASHINGTON: The UK is ready to start deploying the first batch of its new F-35 fighter overseas, the country’s top defense official said Thursday, while introducing a slew of new cruise and attack missiles for its Typhoon jets.   The announcement of Initial Operational Capability (IOC) for nine F-35Bs comes weeks after the Royal Navy… Keep reading →

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From Paris To Orbit: France’s New Space Strategy

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via NASA

With the landmark CSO-1 satellite launch December 19th and a new space strategy out soon, the French government is finally stepping up in space. A French-led, Europe-wide effort to modernize space capabilities had been announced in 2010, but it had been stalled for lack of urgency and funding. Now that’s changing.

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Few Fighters Fly At Farnborough; F-35B Zips By

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FARNBOROUGH AIR SHOW: Are the biggest air shows becoming no-fly zones for military aircraft? Dominated today by the seemingly unending competition between Airbus and Boeing to see who announces the most commercial aircraft orders, this year’s show offers a very thin gruel of military aircraft flights or military aircraft on display. A UK F-35B flew… Keep reading →

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Uneasy Times In Europe As Continent Mulls Next Fighter

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If the re-emergence of an assertive and occasionally belligerent Moscow was an unattractive possibility for Europeans of a cautious nature, an American president whose election campaign comments inadvertently or otherwise questioned his commitment to Article 5, the very heart of NATO, seemed unimaginable. Today, Europe is faced with both a Russia that is a strategic rival… Keep reading →

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