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Croatia formally signs for Rafale acquisition

After selecting the Dassault Rafale F3-R as the winner of its Multi-Role Fighter Aircraft programme, the Croatian government has officially signed an acquisition agreement with its French counterpart and will become the third European nation to equip itself with the type

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What lies ahead for EEA 1/54 'Dunkirk' and France's covert ISR assets?

We look at the platforms that have served the French Air and Space Force’s secretive Airborne Electronic Squadron 1/54 ‘Dunkirk’ and detail the new intelligence-gathering assets that are set to enter service in the coming years

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Nuclear Defenders: An overview of the French Strategic Air Forces

The French Strategic Air Forces and Nuclear Naval Air Force have served as the backbone of the nation’s nuclear deterrence for more than half a century. We explore the evolution of France’s steadfast atomic protectors and how the capability will be advanced in the coming years.

French Reaper launches GBU-12 for the first time in Niger

The French Air and Space Force announced on August 24 that it has for the first time launched a GBU-12 laser-guided munition from an MQ-9A Reaper Block 5 during an operational mission

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INSIGHT: A new age for French Mirage 2000 training operations

Mirage 2000 pilot training is entering a new phase in its French Air and Space Force history, as we report

French transports sent to Kabul to support mass withdrawal effort

With the ongoing deterioration of the security situation in Afghanistan, the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, has sent airlift assets from the French Air and Space Force to support evacuation efforts

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Secret Guardians: French SOF operations in North Africa

We reveal some of the vital work being undertaken by the French Special Ops helicopters that are operating covertly in the Sahel region of North Africa

Dassault delivers first Rafale to Greece

Dassault Aviation has delivered the first of 18 Rafale multi-role fighters to the Hellenic Air Force, just six months after the acquisition contract was inked between the Greek Ministry of Defence and the French aircraft manufacturing giant

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France orders nine more Pilatus PC-21s

Pilatus Aircraft announced on July 16 that the French Air and Space Force has ordered an additional nine PC-21s, adding to the 17 examples purchased by France in 2017 for training purposes

French ALSR deploys to Djibouti for trials

One of the French Air and Space Force’s two new Beechcraft King Air 350ER VADOR intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft has been recently deployed to Djibouti for hot weather trials