French military developments

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    French Air Force Mirages visit RAF Valley

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    The French aircraft were conducting an Overseas Training Flight, designed to expose French aircrew to UK and RAF air traffic control procedures and airspace. The visit marked the last scheduled visit of the Mirage F1 CR to the United Kingdom as the type is due to be retired by the Armée de l'Air later this year. The Mirage F1 CR is the reconnaissance variant of the iconic French fighter, and carries an array of cameras, ground- mapping radars and other sensors
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    Wing Commander Dan Beard, Officer Commanding IV(R) Sqn at RAF Valley said, ‘The Mirage F1 CR has provided over 30 years of continuous service to our colleagues in the Armée de l'Air and it is appropriate that the last visit of this type to our country was marked by the Mirages being escorted through North Wales airspace by Hawk TMk2 aircraft of IV(R) Sqn.’

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    French airforce
    contingent arrives in
    India for 'Garuda-5'


    Jodhpur: Four French Rafale fighter aircraft and a contingent of about 70 French airforce personnel on Saturday landed at Jodhpur airbase to participate in the 10-day long joint air exercise "Garuda-5". The air exercise, expected to be attended by Defence Minister Arun Jaitley, will kick start at the Jodhpur airbase on June 2. The two air forces would be engaged in various missions ranging from close combat engagement of large forces, slow mover protection, and protecting and engaging high-value aerial assets in the exercise at the strategic airbase near Indo-Pak border. The air exercise will include four Rafale multirole fighter aircraft and one air refueler that will participate with IAF's multirole Su-30MKI, four MiG-27 and four MiG-21 (BISON) aircraft. The chiefs of both air forces will be flying the Rafale and Su-30 MKI. The objective of the exercise is to acquaint the fighter pilots of the two countries with the fighter tactics of each other, air to air refuelling, cross-servicing of a common type between ground crews and understanding basic concepts of each countries fighter operations, defence sources said.
    French airforce contingent arrives in India for `Garuda-5`
     
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    First upgraded AWACS aircraft delivered to France

    The first Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft to be upgraded by Boeing for the French Air Force has been delivered on schedule, the company announced on 22 July. Boeing is upgrading four aircraft for the French military under the Mid-Life Upgrade programme, carrying out work to increase the fleet’s surveillance, communications and battle management capabilities. The improvements will provide the crew with more actionable information and better situational awareness and increase mission effectiveness and efficiencies. Prior the delivery, the aircraft underwent ground and flight tests at Avord Air Force Base and qualification by France’s Direction Générale de l’Armement. Yves Galland, president, Boeing France, said: ‘The French Mid-Life Upgrade programme is a model for enhancing intelligence and surveillance capability within the armed forces. This programme also demonstrates Boeing’s enduring commitment in providing the French Air Force with a superior air battle management capability.’ Modifications to the remaining three French AWACS aircraft are scheduled for completion by the third quarter of 2016.
    First upgraded AWACS aircraft delivered to France - News - Shephard
     
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    It's a shame that the French government decided to scrap the 2nd carrier project.

    The overall cost of the Queen Elizabeth carriers project would have been fairly cheaper if France were also participated.
     
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    France Gets First of Three Upgraded KC-135 Aircraft

    The French Air Force took delivery of the first of three upgraded KC-135s last week, according to an official statement. The upgrade of the KC-135RGs operated by the Escadron de Ravitaillement en Vol (In-flight refueling squadron, ERV) primarily concerns avionics, through the RENO GATM (Global Air Traffic Management) standard. This new interface allows navigation standards identical to those of American KC-135s, and more efficient and secure integration into general air traffic. While preserving the on- board intercom specific to the French aircraft, the KC-135RG is also fitted with a high-frequency wire antenna and is re-configured to carry standard cargo pallets. Technical experts from the air force’s in-flight refueling and strategic transport program team, as well as from the future 31st In- Flight Refueling and Strategic Transport Wing, will support the defense procurement agency, DGA, in ensuring flight-testing and certification of the upgraded aircraft. Beginning in the fourth quarter of this year, the air force will undertake a series of test and evaluation flights of the new aircraft to establish specific operating and maintenance procedures.

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    DGA Receives Fifth French A400M Atlas

    The Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) took delivery of a fifth A400M Atlas military transport aircraft on September 8, 2014. The aircraft, which will be operated by th French air force, bears the serial number MSN12, and will join the other four at Orleans-Bricy air base. A tactical military transport aircraft with a strategic range and using cutting-edge technology, the A400M, manufactured by Airbus Defence and Space, is unparalleled in the world market. Powered by four turboprop engines, it is designed to carry up to 37 tonnes of payload and to perform all the missions related to transportation, including inter and intra-theater transport, assault landings on summarily- prepared terrain, air drops of personnel and equipment, including from high altitudes, in- flight refueling and medical evacuation. This is the sixth production aircraft to be delivered, out of the 170 ordered by the program’s seven partner countries: Germany, Belgium, Spain, France, Luxembourg, the United Kingdom, and Turkey. Four have already been delivered to France, and the fifth to Turkey.
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    First Mistral-Class Ship Built for Russia Sets Off for Sea Trials: Reports

    MOSCOW, September 13 (RIA Novosti) - The Mistral-class helicopter carrier, the Vladivostok, carrying some 200 Russian sailors on Saturday left the French port of Saint-Nazaire to pass a series of tests.

    MOSCOW, September 13 (RIA Novosti) - The Mistral-class helicopter carrier, the Vladivostok, carrying some 200 Russian sailors on Saturday left the French port of Saint-Nazaire to pass a series of tests.

    The Vladivostok had left docks at 3:30 a.m. local time (1:30 GMT), but was forced to wait until the tide thus eventually sailing out to sea at 7:20 a.m. (5:20 GMT) accompanied by two tugboats, Agence France-Presse reported.

    This is the first time the ship goes to sea since its arrival to Saint-Nazaire in June where two crews of Russian sailors, a total of 400 crew members, have been awaiting sea trials.

    The $1.6 billion contract to supply the Mistral-class ships between the French ship-building company DCNS and Russia's state-run arms exporter Rosoboronexport was signed in June of 2011. The first carrier, the Vladivostok is to be operated by the Russian Navy in 2014, while the second ship, the Sevastopol will arrive in 2015. While the United States were against the deal, DCNS insisted that Western sanctions imposed on Russia for its role in Ukraine not prohibit the construction and transfer of Mistral ships.

    Last week, France threatened to suspend the supply of the helicopter carriers, linking its decision to the crisis in Ukraine, claiming Moscow's direct involvement. Later, a French government spokesman told RIA Novosti that the delivery of the ship is not officially suspended and that French President Francois Hollande was simply outlining his political stance. Hollande stated he would not approve of the transfer of the vessel in November should the situation in Ukraine not improve. Hollande later stated he would make the decision in late October. The president added that the two conditions for the delivery of the ship is an observed ceasefire in Ukraine, as well as a political settlement agreement. The French President also stressed that the sanctions adopted by the European Union have never prevented the delivery of the helicopter carrier to Russia.

    First Mistral-Class Ship Built for Russia Sets Off for Sea Trials: Reports | Russia | RIA Novosti
     
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    The French Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) has received the first of the ten Rafale F1 naval jets upgraded to F3 standard for expanded mission capabilities on October 3, 2014. The upgrade is intended to ensure the Navy operates a homogeneous fleet of F3 standard aircraft. It also foreshadows the Rafale’s growing role in naval aviation, as it gradually replaces the Super Etendard Modernisé (SEM), the last of which are to be retired in 2016. The upgrade concerns the first ten Rafale, which was delivered to F1 standard, with limited air defense mission capabilities. Valued at nearly $ 303.5 million, the contract includes an in-depth rework (the aircraft is fully disassembled and laid bare) to give them the same capabilities as the F3 aircraft that are currently produced.
    The operational advantage provided by the F3 standard results in a variety of new missions achievable after the upgrade. In addition to air defense, ground attack and in- flight refueling, F3 standard Rafale Marines are capable of anti-ship attack, reconnaissance, laser designation and autonomous illumination, and nuclear strike. Delivery of the retrofitted aircraft will be completed in 2017. Awarded to Dassault Aviation and the Service Industriel de ’Aéronautique (SIAé), the defense ministry’s aircraft workshops, this program also involves Thales, MBDA and Sagem.

    French Military Receives First Upgraded Rafale F1 Jet
     
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    Successful Final Qualification Firing for MdCN

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    PARIS --- The French DGA (Direction Générale d’Armement) has successfully carried out the final qualification firing of the MdCN system (Missile de Croisière Naval, also known as NCM or Naval Cruise Missile). The firing, which took place on 27th October 2014 at the DGA’s “Missile Test Centre” at Biscarrosse (Landes) on France’s Atlantic coast, represented a missile launch from a frigate. The firing enabled the full scope of flight objectives to be satisfied, particularly regarding the demonstration of the missile’s range performance. This success comes as a result of the intense and coordinated efforts of a number of state participants (notably the DGA’s test and evaluation centres and the French Navy) as well as industry (MBDA France). MdCN will equip the French Navy’s FREMM (multi-mission frigates) during 2015 and its Barracuda submarines in around 2018. Featuring a range of several hundred kilometers, MdCN has been devised for striking targets deep within enemy territory. It complements the air-launched cruise missile, Storm Shadow/ SCALP, from which it is derived. Carried on surface warships positioned safely for prolonged periods in international waters, overtly (frigates) or discretely (submarines), MdCN has been designed for operations calling for the destruction of high value, strategic infrastructures. MBDA was awarded the MdCN contract by the DGA in 2006.
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    http://www.army-technology.com/news...ond-test-launch-of-mmp-combat-missile-4514425

    MBDA completes second test launch of MMP combat missile - Army Technology

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    French DGA orders VENUS Satcom terminals from Thales

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    Delivery of the First 3 TIGER HAD/F Block 2 Helicopters for France


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    The vab will be replaced by 2018 by the VBMR in several versions.

    Renault Trucks Defense presents new VAB Ultima armoured for engineer troops of French Army.


     
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    Is much better with 700 unit of vehicles. Then over 400 tanks. For 15 years back war sum on tanks was around 1000 or more like 1500 pieces. Much better.

    Were 395.000+ professionel Armed for 15 backstep.
     
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    On February 22, 2016, French Navy (Marine Nationale) aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle left the Persian Gulf to sail back to the Mediterranean. U.S. Navy aicraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman took command on Febrary 14th of the naval forces in the coalition against Daech, the Task Force 50 (TF image.jpeg
     
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    https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/08/31/ttip-a31.html



    France demands end to trade talks with US amid rising US-EU tensions

    By V. Gnana and Alex Lantier
    31 August 2016

    Deep economic tensions between the United States and Europe erupted to the surface yesterday, as Paris demanded a cutoff of trade talks between the US and the European Union (EU), and the EU demanded that US tech giant Apple pay billions in back taxes.

    Two days after German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel criticized the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), French officials called for suspending talks on Washington’s flagship free-trade deal with Europe, bitterly attacking US negotiating tactics.

    French President François Hollande said he saw no prospect of concluding the talks. He declared, “The current discussions on the treaty between Europe and the United States will not be able to reach a conclusion before the end of the year. France prefers to speak frankly on the situation and not to cultivate illusions that it will be possible to reach an agreement before the end of the American president’s term... The negotiations are bogged down, positions have not been respected; it’s clearly unbalanced.”

    “There is no more political support in France for these negotiations,” French Minister for External Trade Matthias Fekl told RMC. “The Americans are giving nothing or just crumbs… That is not how one negotiates with an ally.”

    “Relations are not where they should be between Europe and the United States; we will have to resume talks later on the right basis,” he added. “We have to put a clear and definitive end to these negotiations in order to resume talks on the right basis.”

    As Hollande and Fekl spoke, the EU announced it would fine Apple up to €13 billion (US$14.5 billion) for failing to pay taxes at its European corporate headquarters in Ireland, prompting angry reactions from US officials and the US Treasury. Apple and Ireland have said that they will appeal.

    The EU Commission accused Ireland of illegally letting Apple shelter tens of billions of dollars in profits from taxation, in return for keeping jobs in Ireland. Though Ireland’s corporate tax rate is 12.5 percent, Apple allegedly paid a 1 percent tax rate in 2003 and 0.005 percent in 2014.

    There is little doubt that Apple is involved in the large-scale tax evasion that is typical of the entire international financial aristocracy, as revealed recently in the Panama Papers. It has amassed a cash hoard of over $230 billion and dodged US taxes on an estimated $181 billion in profits. What is driving the EU ruling, however, is not fiscal rectitude—European firms are also very familiar with Europe’s multiple tax havens, including Ireland, Luxembourg, and Switzerland—but growing US-EU tensions.

    The US Treasury said the Apple ruling could damage “the important spirit of economic partnership between the US and the EU.”

    Calling the EU ruling “just the tip of the spear—an enormously important ruling,” Peter Kenny of Global Markets Advisory Group told the British Guardian that the Apple ruling could affect many US corporations that headquarter key operations in Europe to avoid US taxes. He said, “There’s no telling whether the verdict will stand on appeal, but we know that the landscape is changing for US corporations in the EU.”

    Powerful inter-imperialist rivalries rooted in the structure of international capitalism itself, which twice in the last century erupted into world wars, are reemerging. Nearly a decade after the outbreak of the US subprime mortgage crisis and the ensuing 2008 global economic collapse, there are no prospects for a real economic recovery. With Europe beset by stagnation, mass unemployment and a wave of banking crises now centered in Italy, the European bourgeoisie is increasingly unable to negotiate a deal with the American ruling class on how to divide the profits.

    The joint US-EU war drive, though it masked for a time the underlying economic contradictions between the Washington and the European powers, increasingly intensifies rather than suppresses trans-Atlantic conflicts.

    After Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize in Norway in 2009, the European powers embarked on joint interventions with the US: wars for regime change in Libya and Syria, a war in Mali, and the toppling of a Russian-backed government in Ukraine. Though EU countries did not have the means to aggressively participate in the US “pivot to Asia” against China, the EU initially gave no indication of hostility to it.

    As the war drive escalated into a confrontation with Russia and China, however, economic tensions over the war drive increasingly emerged between the United States and the EU. EU sanctions against Russia demanded by Washington cut across tens of billions of euros’ worth in EU-Russia trade, and last year, the major EU powers defied Washington’s demands that they not join China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).

    Conflicts over ties with Russia and China could cost corporations in France alone tens of billions of euros. After the sanctions on Russia forced Total to refinance its Russian oil and gas operations last year, resorting to Chinese funding, this year Électricité de France faced a sudden decision by the British government to halt a Franco-Chinese project for a nuclear plant at Hinkley Point.

    Such conflicts are now intensifying, amid uncertainty over the outcome of the US presidential elections in November, and in the wake of Britain’s vote in June to exit the EU.

    The Brexit vote removed Washington’s closest major ally inside the EU from the TTIP talks. Gary Hufbauer of the Peterson Institute for International Economics told Reuters, “In my view, TTIP is either dormant or dead in the wake of Brexit.”

    Economic conflicts between Washington and London on the one hand, and a German-dominated EU on the other, are now increasingly becoming entwined with bitter diplomatic and even military rivalries. After Brexit, the French and Italian governments and forces around Gabriel in Berlin called for punishing Britain by denying it access to EU markets, and also developing foreign policies and defense industries that are more independent from Washington.

    Significantly, the forces that have called for a hard line on Brexit and a more independent EU foreign and military policy are also those that are insisting that talks on the TTIP have failed.

    Gabriel was the first top official to publicly state this weekend that the TTIP talks were in trouble, saying that Washington and the EU had not agreed on a single item in the 27 TTIP chapters being discussed, after 14 rounds of talks. He said, “in my opinion, the negotiations with the United States have de facto failed, even though nobody is really admitting it… The US has balked at accepting minimum EU standards in the talks, and unless that stance changes, I can’t see that it’s possible to seal the accord.”

    Italian officials also expressed their pessimism on the TTIP talks. Last month, Italian Economic Development Minister Carlo Calenda told Il Corriere della Sera: “the [TTIP] talks will take more time than originally expected… it would be difficult to reach a deal before US President Barack Obama leaves office at the end of the year.”

    In these same circles, there are continuing calls for taking a harsh line to crush Britain economically and force it into a subordinate position to the EU within Europe. Gabriel said that the EU should not “allow Britain to keep the nice things, so to speak, related to Europe while taking no responsibility.”

    These sentiments were echoed in Stefan Kornelius’ column yesterday in Germany’s Sueddeutsche Zeitung: “So why not make an example of Britain, even if it is for egotistical reasons? ... Harshness against London will show the wisdom of the old schoolyard rule that it is wiser to stand with the strongest. And the EU is stronger, there is no question about it. That is why its sense of dominance is stirring.”
     

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