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Clement Charpentreau

Fighter jet crash averted by defect in civil ejection incident

On March 20, 2019, a civilian passenger was accidentally ejected from a twin-seat Rafale B fighter jet as the aircraft was taking off from Saint-Dizier 113 airbase, eastern France. The final report of the French investigation bureau for State aviation safety (BEA-E) on the incident outlines a chain reaction of both human and technical failures, one of which unexpectedly prevented the fighter jet from crashing....


Clement Charpentreau

Covid-19: Dassault Aviation makes two Falcon jets available

Dassault Aviation made two Falcon jets available as part of the French military mission to contain the coronavirus COVID-19 epidemic, Operation Resilience. They carried out their first mission, transporting medical personnel, on April 5, 2020....


Clement Charpentreau

Dassault profit takes off thanks to record Rafale exports

While in 2019, Dassault Aviation could count on the record delivery of 26 Rafale fighter jets abroad to lift its financial results, uncertainty could compromise sales in the upcoming year....


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France, Germany sign European next gen fighter jet prototype deal

After long-lasting deliberations, France and Germany have officially agreed to develop a prototype of the next generation fighter jet. The deal, which is valued at €150 million over two years, has an objective to see the European combat plane demonstrator take to the skies by 2026....


Clement Charpentreau

European fighter jet demonstrator receives German greenlight

The members of the Bundestag, the German Parliament, have approved the funding for the development of a technology demonstrator of the New Generation Fighter (NGF) on February 12, 2020. The approval comes as a decisive step for the Future Air Combat System (FCAS) program to move forward. However, the vote did not erase all their reservations....


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Top 5 future fighter jets of 2020

While several countries are still developing the fifth-generation of fighter jets, the most advanced so far, manufacturers around the world are already outlining the future of combat aircraft. Let's take a look at the most promising ones....


Clement Charpentreau

Bundestag votes to decide the future of European fighter jet

The German Parliament, the Bundestag, is due to vote on the production contract for the demonstrator of the Future Combat Air System, the European project which brings together France, Germany, and Spain to create a new fighter jet....


Clement Charpentreau

Dassault and Thales to build the next French electronic spy plane

The French procurement and technology agency, Direction générale de l’armement (DGA) has awarded the Archange airborne strategic intelligence program to Dassault Aviation and Thales. This program will see three Dassault Falcon 8X being fitted with Thales electronic intelligence technologies....


Clement Charpentreau

UAE inks $800 million contracts for Mirage 2000 fleet

The United Arab Emirates has signed a $462 million contract with Dassault Aviation for the modernization of its Mirage 2000-9 fleet. In addition, the missile manufacturer MBDA was awarded a $350 million contract for ammunitions maintenance....


Clement Charpentreau

Airbus reveals LOUT, a German secret stealth drone demonstrator

During the 2019 edition of its Trade Media Briefing on November 5, 2019, Airbus Defense and Space unveiled the existence of its “Low Observable UAV Testbed”, or LOUT....