France and Germany may abandon US military technologies

PARIS, BERLIN, (BM) – The military-industrial enterprises of Germany and France intend, if possible, to abandon American technologies in the production of military equipment, learned citing the German edition Welt am Sonntag reports.

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According to him, the companies want to be independent in the production of helicopters and fighters within the framework of the “Future Combat Air System” program.

Enterprises are not satisfied with the fact that, in accordance with the American International Trade in Arms Act (ITAR), Washington retains the right to control equipment that was produced using American technology.

“Without ITAR and other US regulatory systems, Europe gains more freedom in who to supply military products. One of the advantages of 100% European products is also the fact that these enterprises remain in Europe and do not fall into the hands of non-European countries,” Florent Chauvancy, Sales Director for Helicopter Engines of the French manufacturer Safran, said in the article.

In October last year, it was reported that the US Air Force (Air Force) was looking for contractors who could provide them with Russian-made Mi-24 helicopters for exercises to counter the air forces of a potential enemy.

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In January 2019, it became known that the US military during the Southern Strike exercise used military equipment stylized as Russian air defense systems.

France is increasing its intelligence capabilities with its own surveillance UAVs

As we reported on July 19, the Minister of Armed Forces of France Florence Parley announced the transfer by the Directorate General for Armaments (DGA) of the first three reconnaissance LHC manufactured by Thales NE of the country.

The complexes received the designation SMDR (Systeme de MiniDrones de Renseignement). After the DGA tests of the complexes received, the Directorate granted permission for the transfer of the first French NE systems. As planned, UAVs will be ready for combat use by the end of 2020.

The supply of French SMDR systems by SMDR will significantly enhance their capabilities in reconnaissance, detection and identification of targets in the combat zone.

In accordance with the Law on Military Programs for 2019-2025, ten more reconnaissance mini-UAV complexes should be delivered by the end of 2020, and in 2021 35 systems will be received.

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As reported, in early 2016, the French Ministry of Defense sent a number of companies proposals for the supply of up to 70 sets of small UAVs (210 in total), which received the designation SMDR (Systéme de MiniDrones de Renseignement). They are intended to replace the armed DRAC UAVs used by the French Army since 2008.

In December 2016, the DGA selected Thales as the winner of the tender, with which a contract worth 104.3 million euros was signed, providing for the supply of 35 sets of UAV Spy Ranger and their maintenance for 10 years. The agreement includes an option to supply another 35 sets.

UAVs will be used to collect information, observation and reconnaissance, target designation and fire adjustment, support the destruction of enemy strongholds.

Thales developed and will deliver the complexes together with two French companies: Aviation Design and Merio.

Each kit includes three Spy Ranger UAVs with payload, a control station, and auxiliary ground equipment. The UAV’s wing span is about 3.8 m, weight – 14.5 kg, flight duration – 2 hours 30 minutes, radius of action – up to 30 km.

The UAV is equipped with a Spy’Ball retractable multifunctional optoelectronic reconnaissance station located on the bow developed by Merio with high-resolution day / night cameras, an electric motor that drives a two-bladed composite propeller mounted in the rear, and lithium-polymer batteries , communication channel antenna and processing module.

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Washington will withdraw almost 12 thousand troops from Germany

The USA is withdrawing 11.9 thousand troops from Germany. Pentagon chief Mark Esper announced this on July 29 at a press conference.

About 6,400 of them will return to their homeland, and 5,600 will relocate to other European countries. Esper noted that in the future, Washington may deploy additional military forces in Poland and the Baltic countries. The withdrawal of troops from Germany will take several weeks.

“The current plan of the European command is to relocate about 11.9 thousand troops from Germany, reducing (the number there) from about 36 thousand to 24 thousand,” RIA Novosti reports.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Pentagon’s plans to withdraw about 12 thousand troops from Germany and relocate half of them to Europe, citing representatives of the American administration, reported Reuters. It is noted that only a small part of the remaining military will be redeployed in the near future. It will take several years to fully implement Washington’s plans.

In turn, the Wall Street Journal newspaper, citing sources, reported that the American military would be deployed to Italy and Belgium, where the headquarters of the European command of the US Armed Forces would be located.

In early June, American leader Donald Trump promised to reduce the number of troops in Germany due to the fact that Berlin, in his opinion, is not paying enough for the deployment of the military. It was noted that the contingent could be reduced from 35 thousand to 25 thousand people.

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At the same time, the Democrats submitted a bill to Congress calling to prevent the withdrawal of the military from Europe, as this would allegedly expose the Europeans to a threat from the Russian Federation.

On June 18, the Russian Embassy in Washington called on the US to stop intimidating Americans and Europeans with the non-existent “Russian threat.”


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