The French Navy currently has three E-2Cs, two of which are normally assigned to the air wing on board the navy’s only aircraft carrier, Charles de Gaulle. The third is normally on land to serve as a reserve and for training. The small fleet is operated by Flottille 4F, based in Lann-Bihoué in Brittany, which rose to operate the type in 2000. French E-2Cs have been used operationally in Afghanistan and Libya, and have been improved with NP2000 propellers.
Although extremely similar, the incoming E-2Ds introduce a new avionics suite with an APY-9 radar which has three arrays of electronically scanned antennas in a rotary rotodome. If the sale goes as planned, France will become the second foreign operator of E-2D, after the Japan Air Self-Defense Force. The French Navy often conducts joint carrier operations with the US Navy, and in 2018, E-2C and Rafale M fighters operated from the USS George HW Bush while Charles de Gaulle was docked for a refit.
Also estimated to be worth $ 2 billion, the potential sale of eight MV-22B tilt-rotor aircraft and related equipment to Indonesia. Included is a total of 24 Rolls-Royce AE1107C engines, and the Ospreys would be equipped with AAQ-27 prospective infrared, AAR-47 missile warning systems, APR-39 radar warning receiver sets and ALE-47 bale / flare dispensers. The planned armament includes the FN America M240D 7.62mm machine gun and the 0.5 inch Browning GAU-21 heavy machine gun. A support package is also included. The Ospreys would provide the Indonesian armed forces with greater defensive scope in the increasingly tense Asia-Pacific region.
Jakarta has increasingly turned to the United States for weapons in recent years, following the lifting of an arms embargo in the mid-2000s. air is the Lockheed Martin F-16, of which a first batch of 12 F-16A / Bs was acquired in the mid-1980s. During the embargo, Indonesia turned to Moscow, which provided some Sukhoi Su-27/30 number, but in the mid-2010s, the Air Force acquired 24 ex-USAF F-16C / D Block 25s, which were upgraded to near the block. 52 standard before delivery.
Indonesia had signed to buy 11 Sukhoi Su-35s, but the barter deal was terminated in March this year due to the breakdown of negotiations with Russia and political pressure from Washington. The acquisition of more F-16s – probably according to the F-16V standard – seems likely in the near future.
The request approved by Lithuania concerns the supply of six UH-60Ms in standard configuration of the United States government with a common missile warning system AAR-57, an electro-optical turret FLIR Systems Talon MMS and two door cannons M240D per aircraft . The country’s small air force currently depends on the Mil Mi-8s of the Soviet era for its air mobility capability.