After the massacre in Paris we saw an intensification of the air show over Syria, with France getting more involved in the act along with Russia and the United States. And it looks like China might get involved because of the killing in Syria of one of its citizens by ISIL. The Syria air show is an excellent opportunity for these major players to showcase their hardware and precision bombs to potential buyers like India, Saudi Arabia, China, Brazil, and other international customers who will be looking on from the sidelines as SUs, Rafales, Strike Eagles, and Raptors perform for their viewing pleasure. Some of the hardware are in action for the first time to test their efficiency and effectiveness. With France's President Hollande declaration, "France is at war," military aircraft and weapons manufacturing companies like Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Boeing, Sagem, Thales, and Sukhoi are salivating, licking their chops, and seeing dollar signs. As fast as the bombs and missiles are dropped on positions in Syria, the assembly lines of these weapons manufacturing companies will be just as quickly churning out replacements and bringing in the profits. So yes, France is at war, joining Russia and the United States, and the aircraft and weapons manufacturing companies are in business - big business.
[photo art by Ric Couchman]