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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

Posted by Colin Clark on


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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French Quick Reaction Force Key To Syrian Missile Strikes

Posted by Murielle Delaporte on


Whenever a high visibility military mission occurs – such as the April 13 combined strikes against Syrian chemical capabilities -, observers in democratic countries tend to focus on the glass half full and try to dig out every single matter that might have gone wrong. France is no exception and in the aftermath of the French… Keep reading →

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Aussie Tankers Knit Coalition Forces Together

Posted by Murielle Delaporte on


Afghanistan and operations in the Middle East against jihadist terror groups mark the rebirth of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as probably the most modern and innovative air force among US allies and partners. The Aussies deployed a new force package during their most recent Middle East engagement, as C-17s, F/A-18As and F/A-18Fs operated with the E-7 Wedgetail Air Battle Management aircraft and the A330 MRTT tanker. 

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Hey Putin, NATO Can Adapt: Trident Juncture 2015

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: 35,000 NATO and partner-nation troops. 140 aircraft. 60 naval vessels. 30 nations. But who are they fighting? When planning began two years ago for NATO’s largest wargames since 2002, the imaginary adversary wasn’t Russia. Officially, it still isn’t. But since the seizure of Crimea, the alliance’s chief of “transformation” told reporters today, planners have… Keep reading →

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The Trilateral Strategic Initiative: An Allied Air Force Model

Posted by Murielle Delaporte on


Coalition operations are becoming a norm for democracies. Effective coalition operations are built on solid military planning, exercises, and training, as well as on shared experiences. A key example of such collaborative efforts is the Trilateral Strategic Initiative, established in October 2010 by the Air Force chiefs of staff of the US, France and the… Keep reading →

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