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  1. @Xoon Could you tell us if the following exchange seem legit to you? Sorry, for the little mix up, couldn't remember if you were from Norway, Finland or Sweden (It's Norway right?)
  2. Alzoc

    European Union common defense thread

    Well I agree that a memorial on the end of WW1 wasn't the best moment to do politics and that Macron could have "chosen" his words more carefully but Boi Trump was triggered xD: Those 4 tweets are an absolute gold mine for meme material^^
  3. Sure but raising it for scrapping and raising it to repair the damages and get it back into service won't be the same cost wise. Raising it should be easy (especially since it's in very shallow water), but depending on the extent of the damages, it's not impossible that the refit might cost more than a new build ship.
  4. Alzoc

    Bash the F-35 thred.

    Yeah the Typhoon is a mess. It's a good interceptor and that's about it. If you want it to do anything else (latest tranches) the cost goes up a lot, because you need to add new capability on an aircraft that wasn't designed for it initially. Same story as usual, too much country wanted to have a say on the capability the aircraft should have so obviously they didn't managed to settle for something that made sense. Then they ordered much more than they really needed to make sure that they could manufacture a part of it in their country which mean that some unqualified company ended up producing some key components. Finally they cut down their order driving the per unit price up. I expect that the countries that bought it will try to get rid of it pretty soon (Austria almost did). It's the same problem to an extent with the A-400M (though on this case I actually expect it to be working in the end, even if the cost will have increased quite a bit). That's the reason why the SCAF program must stay firmly in Dassault's hand and with a minimum of country at the driving wheel, Airbus have accumulated a shitload blunder to various degree of gravity on various international program (NH-90, Tiger, Eurofighter, A-400M). As for the Canadian bid, Dassault had often implied that if they feel that they are here only to force LM to drive it's price down without having a real chance to actually get the contract they would pull-out and stop wasting money, so it's really no surprise.
  5. It's really getting worse: https://www.defesaaereanaval.com.br/situacao-da-fragata-hnoms-helge-ingstad-f313-se-agrava/
  6. CdG CVN officially back into active service after it's mid-life upgrade and refit. Mostly obsolescence on the CMS, new radar and miscellaneous stuff like new landing lights or removing stuff used for the Super Etendards
  7. I guess they propose it as an upgrade on the Scorpène (possibly as a retrofit?) drawing from the experience they've got on the Barracuda: Old Scorpène: Barracuda/Shortfin-Barracuda: Though that does raise the question of why they didn't directly copied the new propeller. Supposedly this shape is hydrodynamically more efficient and thus stealthier: But DCNS/Naval group does have a habit of proposing weird concepts every few years: SMX-25: Concept of a high speed patrol/recon sub (38 knots surfaced - 10 knts underwater) SMX-26: Sort of special forces and infiltration optimized concept
  8. Alzoc

    French flair

    Well it's more general principles than exact diagrams. Guy who wrote the article was in charge of the R&D on the Leclerc program for some time, and is basically the only reputable French author on AFV. Though he does have a tendency for chauvinism and I don't think he really had access to foreign designs. Unless proven otherwise, consider it as an educated guess of someone who worked in the AFV industry and tank design for years, have an engineering background and have a great deal of contact on the international market. He most likely was around during the Swedish tank trial. The series of RAID articles have been compiled into those two books if you can read French: Both books are interesting and do very well as an introduction on MBT design while containing interesting tidbit of information. The only problem with them is that you have the feeling that nobody ever proof-read them (grammar, syntax, etc).
  9. Basically the design study just started. The questions asked are nuclear propulsion or conventional and electromagnetic or steam catapult? Conventional and steam catapult are obviously extremely unlikely. It's worth noting that the CdG use two K15 reactor which were designed for subs, if the new design end up being significantly larger, a new, more powerful reactor may be needed. The tricky part will be making sure that a wide range of aircraft can operate from it. It will have to be able to launch the Rafale (which will be near the end of it's service life in 2040 but still not completely phased out), as well as the future jet and UAV from the Franco-German SCAF program. On top of that Parly, said that the carrier should be interoperable with our European allies, which most likely mean Italy and the UK with their F-35B. Now I guess that we could reinforce the deck so that they can land vertically, but to launch from it mean we would have to add a ski-jump on top of the catapults and I don't really know how one would do that (a ski-jump that could be raised and lowered at the end of catapult?). The other possibility would be that they'll try to sell the naval versions for the SCAF and that anybody who will buy either the fighter-bomber or the UAV will be promised a right to operate them from the future carrier. That however would exclude both Italy and the UK since they would need F-35C rather than the F-35B they have and those two country are the only ones which have a capable navy (beside France) in Europe :/ Parly ended her speech by saying that "With those study we will determine how many units will be needed for both France and Europe" so it might hint that if several carriers are built they could become the core of European naval groups. All in all, both the new carrier and the SCAF are extremely ambitious program which will have an impact on each other. So I'm really crossing finger that both will succeed, because if one of the two fail we will be left with no carrier group for a long time.
  10. Alzoc

    Aerospace and Ordnance discussion/news.

    A rough Mock-up of the NGV part of the SCAF program on Dassault's stand at Euronaval: No change that I can see compared to the CAD model we've seen 3 month ago
  11. Following the successful test of the MMP fired from a Zodiac, MBDA intend to build a naval version of the missile for patrol and landing vessel. Personally I think that with a range of only 4-5 km right now, it's not particularly interesting to use it as a support weapon for landing operations. Once they develop a long range version it could be a valuable asset.
  12. Not surprised it will be costly though. Australia chose conventional subs using a SSN hull, which are to be built with transfer of technology on installations that never built something of that scale. Add on top of that the cost needed to adapt the combat system to American weapons, and it's no wonder that the thing is expensive. I don't know where they found that the subs would lack "modern" battery or AIP system though, that would be beyond stupid (or that was a massive procurement failure).
  13. Alzoc


    True, but ammunitions for the BMPT being much less bulkier than 125mm rounds, I guess that some of the space liberated could be put to good use.
  14. NH-90 crash when taking off the Dixmude While the BPC Dixmude was on it's way to the Trident Juncture 18 exercise, an NH-90 of the ground forces "hard landed" on the deck shortly after take-off. The crew is safe but four sailors were wounded, one gravely who was evacuated back to shore (the ship was only 130 km away from Dunkerque). The rotor and the cell of the helicopter are damaged, as well as the ship (not much details, but apparently rather light damages) The ship was rerouted to Brest naval base for initial investigations. Chance are the ship won't be able to participate to the exercise.
  15. MBDA's MMP have been successfully launched from a semi-rigid boat (1 sea-land and 1 sea-sea test, both hit their target):