France and Germany may abandon US military technologies (bulgarianmilitary.com)

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.

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.

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….

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