MQ-9B SeaGuardian maritime tests flights concluded off the coast of California on September 11th. They can probably be seen as the next step toward a worldwide export success. Indeed, if the first variant of the MQ-9 Predator-B mainly served as an ISR platform for above ground missions, the new MQ-9B SkyGuardian/SeaGuardian is likely to find much more customers in its maritime variant.
Author Archives : Yannick Smaldore
20 Nov 2019
In Part 1 of this article, we presented the DGA Techniques hydrodynamiques, its missions and the numerous programs it is involved in. In Part 2, you'll discover the impressive facilities used everyday by DGA-TH engineers.
19 Nov 2019
On October 11, the French Direction Générale de l’Armement (Directorate General of Armaments) organized a visit of its DGA Hydrodynamics centre in Val-de-Reuil, Normandy. A unique occasion to discover the astonishing facility that greatly contribute to the optimal dynamic performances and low acoustic signature of the French Navy surface ships and submarines.
27 Oct 2019
On October 24, the steel-cutting ceremony of the first FDI (Defense and Intervention Frigate) took place at the Naval Group shipyard in Lorient, in the presence of the Minister for the Armed Forces Florence Parly and the Chief of the Hellenic Navy Nikolaos Tsounis.
03 Oct 2019
On September 28, INS Khanderi was commissioned by the Indian Navy in Mumbai, where the submarine is based.
31 Jul 2019
In March, MBDA announced the end of the Key Review on the Future Cruise/Anti-Ship Weapon program. In June, the company unveiled scale models of different multipurpose missiles that could be linked to the FC/ASW.
16 Jul 2019
With the Suffren now unveiled during a grand ceremony attended by French President Emmanuel Macron himself, Yannick Smaldore takes a closer look at the key features of this next generation SSN... as well as at some of its conventional off springs for export.
26 Jun 2019
In October 2018, during the last edition of Euronaval, Dassault Aviation unveiled a scale model of what could become the Franco-German Future Combat Air System (FCAS) or Système de Combat Aérien Futur (SCAF). This first model displayed a tailless delta-winged aircraft clearly inspired by Dassault’s Rafale. Despite its presence in a naval exhibition, this plane soon raised questions about its ability to operate from an aircraft carrier, or even to act as an air superiority fighter.