Peter’s Atlantic Round-Up

29.11.11

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Rafale.

Rafale.

by PETER VINE

Missile Defense
Russian President Dimitry Medvedev has announced on national television that in the event of the failure of talks over U.S. and European missile defenses, Russia will opt to re-equip its strategic rocket forces with new nuclear warheads and deploy short-range missiles in areas close to NATO members. “We will not agree to take part in a program that in a relatively short period of time, in five, six or perhaps eight years’ time is capable of weakening our (nuclear) deterrent potential,” Medvedev said. The United States has replied that it will press on with its missile-defense program.

In a related development, NATO will stop sharing military data with Russia after it failed to abide by the terms of the Conventional Forces in Europe treaty.

Britain & France
The Anglo-French defense love-in is set to continue next week at a summit focusing specifically on shared drone development and better representation at NATO. The recent conflict in Libya highlighted a shortage of unmanned vehicles in the British and French militaries. BAE systems and Dassault Aviation are jointly developing a new drone.

Eurozone
Portugal, already suffering from recession and austerity cuts, has been warned by the organizers of the country’s 1974 revolution that further cuts in government spending could spark revolutions not only in Portugal but across Europe. “We cannot let the one percent of the population that controls financial markets destroy the rest of society,” said Mário Tomé, a 71-year former rebel colonel.

While the Portuguese rebels’ influence has long since waned, there are signs that the turmoil across Europe is causing civil-military tensions. Before George Papandreou resigned as Greek prime minister, he dismissed many of Greece’s senior military commanders under the pretext of a pre-planned yearly review of positions.

Dassault Rafale and Eurofighter Typhoon
While India ponders which aircraft to select for its next-generation fighter, the two frontrunners — the Dassault Rafale and the Eurofighter Typhoon — have been pitted against each other in another market: the UAE.

The Emirates’ requirement for 60 planes has prompted presentations from Boeing, Dassault and EADS, but only Dassault and EADS have received Requests for Proposals.

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