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France and Germany may abandon US military technologies

The military-industrial enterprises of Germany and France intend, if possible, to abandon American technologies in the production of military equipment, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing the German edition Welt am Sonntag reports.

A military helicopter crashed in France, two people died

The accident occurred around 16:30 in a commune located 22 km northeast of Tarbes. According to the prefecture, two wounded were evacuated by helicopter to the hospitals of Tarba and Toulouse. Two of them are in critical condition.

French company will integrate system of avoid friendly fire for South Korea forces

PARIS, (BM) - Thales and South Korean partner LIG Nex1 were selected after a request for proposals to support the country's air defence capabilities, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. Read more: Military and defense analyzes, comments, opinions and rating – Defweek.com Read more: Thales Will Design and Manufacture of Next Generation Weapons

French aircraft carrier has approached Syria at a distance of airstrikes

DAMASCUS, (BM) - The French Navy carrier strike group, led by the nuclear carrier Charles de Gaulle, operating in the Eastern Mediterranean, approached Syria from the range of air strikes by carrier-based aircraft, follows from satellite images of the European satellites Sentinel-2 and Planetscope, learned BulgarianMilitary.com quoting Interfax.

French company developed AI-based platform to detect complex cyber attacks

PARIS, (BM) - At the 2020 edition of the International Cybersecurity Forum (FIC), Thales unveiled Cybels Analytics, an innovative cybersecurity platform relying on advanced artificial intelligence and Big Data analytics technologies, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, quoting Thales statement. Read more: Military and defense analyzes, comments,

Germany and France exclude Poland from military projects

BERLIN, (BG) - Berlin and Paris excluded Poland from cooperation on issues related to army modernization, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, quoting EurAsia Daily. Read more: Military and defense analyzes, comments, opinions and rating – Defweek.com Read more: Poland plans to purchase more modern tanks than Germany and France According to

Putin and Macron expressed concern over the death of General Soleimani

MOSCOW, (BM) - The presidents of Russia and France had a telephone conversation: they expressed concern about the death of Iranian general Suleimani, discussed the situation in Syria and Libya, as well as issues of internal Ukrainian settlement, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. Read more: US Marines landed in Baghdad; Israel puts army on alert;

France Sells 20 Military Patrol Boats to Ukraine Totalling €136.5M

PARIS, (BM) - Ukraine strengthens the protection of maritime borders. According to Ukrainian media, the government approved the purchase of twenty patrol ships (boats) of the French company OSEA, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, quoting Topwar. Read more: Russia is Training a Missile Attack Over Ukraine and has Tactical Groups to Invade in the

Europe Can No Longer Rely on the US to Defend NATO Allies – Emmanuel Macron

PARIS, (BM) - French President Emmanuel Macron has warned Europe is facing the "brain death of NATO," caused by American indifference to the transatlantic alliance, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, quoting CNN. Read more: Lithuania Wants NATO to Reframe Its Baltic Airspace Mission Macron told the Economist in an article published Thursday

Indian and French Military Forces in Joint Drills in Rajasthan

NEW DELHI, (BM) - The armies of India and France will take part in a bilateral drill, with a focus on counter-terror operations, in Rajasthan from October 31 to November 13, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. Read more: 29 Countries in Jordan for ‘Eager Lion’ Exercise As part of Exercise Shakti-2019, French troops arrived in India on October

France and Germany Are Close to Agreement for the ‘Tank of the Future’ Program

PARIS, (BM) - France and Germany may soon come to an agreement on a joint program for a promising tank, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, according of La Tribune report. Read more: Italy to Join European Development Program of Next-Gen Stealth Fighter Jet Major military industrial corporations Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, Nexter and Rheinmetall

French Air Force Received First of Two KC-130J Super Hercules

PARIS, (BM) - Lockheed Martin delivered the first of two KC-130J Super Hercules aerial refuelers to representatives from France’s Armée de l’Air’s 62st Transport Wing at Orléans-Bricy Air Base at September, 16, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, quoting Defense 360 U.S. Read more: Russia and France Ready for Full-Fledged Military and Defence

MBDA Develops a New Electronic Warfare Weapon for the Royal Air Force

PARIS, (BM) - MBDA has been awarded a contract to demonstrate SPEAR-EW, a new electronic warfare version of the SPEAR weapon system family on order for the Royal Air Force (RAF), learned BulgarianMilitary.com, quoting Defence 360 Europe. Read more: French MBDA Unveils Precision Strike Missile at DSEi 2019 SPEAR-EW is being developed by MBDA

British and French Companies Will Build the New UK Warships

LONDON, (BM) - Babcock Team 31 has been selected by the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) as the preferred bidder to deliver its new warships, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, quoting Defence 360 Europe. Led by Babcock, the Aerospace and Defence company, and in partnership with the Thales Group, the T31 general purpose frigate programme will provide

The Netherlands Navy Purchases French Electronic Protection System

LONDON, (BM) - With modern electronic warfare (EW) systems required to cope with the unprecedented growth in Electromagnetic transmissions across the Electromagnetic spectrum (EMS), traditional systems are now suffering from unparalleled saturation, which reduces the probability of accurate threat detection, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, quoting

RAF Fleet Will Be Updated with Leonardo/Thales Protection System

LONDON, (BM) - The UK Ministry of Defence has contracted Leonardo and Thales, under a single source procurement, to deliver an integrated UK Defensive Aids System (DAS), learned BulgarianMilitary.com, quoting Defence 360 Europe. Read more: Leonardo and Thales are Considering the Joint Ccquisition of a Space Business from U.S. Firm Maxar

French MBDA Unveils Precision Strike Missile at DSEi 2019

LONDON, (BM) - MBDA has unveiled at DSEI 2019 how the Brimstone precision strike missile can equip unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) to serve as an organic force-multiplier for the tactical commander, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, quoting Defence 360 Europe. This development, utilising the Milrem Robotics THeMIS UGV, adds to Brimstone’s ‘One

Russia and France Ready for Full-Fledged Military and Defence Cooperation

MOSCOW, (BM) - Russia’s top brass is ready for close cooperation with the French military, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu told a meeting with his French counterpart Florence Parly on Monday, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, quoting Defence 360 Europe. Read more: During Osaka Meeting in June, Putin Invited US to Buy Russian Hypersonic Weapon

Naval Group Reported Second Quarter 2019 Net Sales of $1,8 Bn

PARIS, (BM) - Naval Group reported second quarter 2019 net sales of $1,8 billion, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, according company statement. Commenting these results, Frank Le Rebeller, Senior Executive Vice President Finance, Legal and Purchasing, said: “The H1 results for 2019 show a slightly higher than expected operating profit and we

France Intends to Blind Adversary Satellites with Own Anti-Satellite Laser Weapon

PARIS, (BM) - France plans to develop anti-satellite laser weapons but will only deploy them in self-defence, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, according defence minister Florence Parly statement on Thursday. Read more: The First of Three Military Imaging Satellites Launched by France Major military powers around the world are investing in new

Two European Countries Have Agreed to Increase Their Troops in Syria

WASHINGTON, (BM) - The United Kingdom and France have agreed to send additional forces to Syria to pick up the slack as U.S. troops withdraw, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, quoting Foreign Policy. Britain and France, the only other U.S. partners that still have ground forces in Syria, will commit to a marginal 10 to 15 percent troop increase, a

The Armed Forces of France to Receive First VBMR Griffon Armored Vehicles

PARIS, (BM) - On July 4, Mrs Florence Parly, French minister of Defense, will visit the French armored vehicles manufacturer Nexter in its Satory plant for the official reception of the first 6x6 multi-role armored vehicles designated VBMR Griffon, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, quoting Army Recognition. The Military Programming Law (Loi de

NATO Fighter Jets and Helicopters Are Practicing Their Flying Skills in France

MONT-DE-MARSAN (BGM) - More than 1,500 military personnel, 60 fighter jets and 13 helicopters are practicing their flying skills from 13 to 24 May at the 2019 NATO Tiger Meet at the French Air Base at Mont-de-Marsan, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, quoting NATO Allied Air Command. Around 900 sorties are being planned, prepared, conducted and

Thales Engaged with CSIS to Develop a Report on AI in National Security

WASHINGTON, D.C., the USA (BulgarianMilitary.com) – Last Friday, 9th November 2018, Thales announced in a press release the engagement of the company with the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) for the purposes of developing an independent report on AI (artificial intelligence) in national security, learned BulgarianMilitary.com…

European Commission Supports the French President’s Call for an EU Army

BRUSSELS, Belgium, (BulgarianMilitary.com) – Yesterday’s statement of European Commission concerning the latest French President’s calls for “real European army”, shows that the EU institution in general supports Emmanuel Macron’s view that there is such a need but finds it too early to be talked about a creation of EU armed forces, learned…

EDA and Thales Join Forces under a Network Services Contract

BRUSSELS, Belgium (BulgarianMilitary.com) - EDA (European Defence Agency) announced on 24 October 2018 that the Agency and Thales Six GTS France SAS have signed a network services contract within the EU Satcom Market project of EDA, learned BulgarianMilitary.com Read more: The Bulgarian Dep. MoD Zapryanov is Among the New Chairs for the EDA…

Naval Group and Fincantieri Detail Their Future Industrial Alliance

PARIS, France (BulgarianMilitary.com) – Naval Group and Fincantieri unveiled details in a press release on 23th October 2018 regarding the announcement of the Governments of France and Italy during the 34th Franco-Italian Summit in Lyon on 27th September 2017 about their intention to facilitate the creation of a more efficient and competitive…

Daher Announced the New ISR Configuration of Its TBM 910 and TBM 930

PARIS (France), June 15, 2018, Author: Galina Zdravkova, Photo: Daher Within the framework of the international defence and security show Eurosatory 2018 (11-15 June), on 11th June, the aircraft maker Daher announced the new ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) configuration of its TBM 910 and TBM 930, which are the latest members…

Thales, BAE Systems and CGI Team Up for the Needs of the UK Royal Navy

London (UK), June 8, 2018, Author: Galina Zdravkova, Photo: LA(PHOT) Kyle Heller/MOD On May 30, 2018, the French designer and builder of electrical systems - Thales, the British manufacturer of military equipment - BAE Systems, and the fifth largest independent end to end IT and business consulting services company worldwide headquartered in…

Naval Group Announces a New Test With Its F21 Torpedo

PARIS (France), May 28, 2018, Author: Galina Zdravkova, Image: Naval Group On 24th May 2018 the French company Naval Group (former DCNS) announced that that it has performed a new test with its F21 torpedo. The torpedo was test fired from a nuclear attack submarine (SSN) under the Artémis programme, reported Shephard Media. The Artémis…

New Joint MPA in the Plans of France and Germany

LONDON (the United Kingdom), April 10, 2018, Author: Galina Zdravkova (Bm), Photo: EUNAVFOR On 27th April, the defence ministers of Germany and France will sign a letter of intent that covers a program for joint development of a maritime patrol aircraft (MPA), reported FlightGlobal. This "European solution" for renewal of the MPA fleets of…

French NH90 Helicopters Will be Operated in Qatar

PARIS (France), March 15, 2018, Author: Galina Zdravkova (Bm), Photo by Yoan Valat/AFP via Getty Images Florence Parly, the Minister of the Armed Forces of France, welcomed the signed with Qatar contract for the purchase of 28 (twenty-eight) NH90 medium twin-engine multirole military helicopters from NHIndustries (NHI) in Aix-en-Provence,…

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