CMI Défense partners with RTD

with Nathan Gain in Abu Dhabi   Belgian company CMI Défence not only told us that it was indeed interested in buying Renault Trucks Défense (RTD), put up for sale by current owner Volvo Governmental Sales (as we recount here), but at the IDEX show being held this week in Abu Dhabi it unveiled a concrete example of […]

NATO strengthens its southern flank

“NATO faces challenges which are more complex than at any time since the end of the Cold War and the Alliance is responding. Countering threats stemming from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is an essential part of that response.” It was in these terms that NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced the creation of a […]

HK 416F tested by the DICoD

So, the French army has fired the first rounds with the HK 416F during a demonstration organised for the benefit of the Ministry of Defence’s information and communication department (DICoD ). Selected in September 2016 to replace the 400,000 FAMAS F1 and G1 assault rifles used in the three components of the French forces, the HK 416F proved to […]

Germany and Holland pool air defence

Germany and the Netherlands have agreed to further deepen defence cooperation this year by putting a German short-range air defence unit under Dutch command, a source familiar with the plans told Reuters on 10 February.     The agreement is that the German air defence unit will be put under the control of the Dutch air defence command […]

British Army to lose almost 18,000 staff

The British Army will lose at least 17,950 staff between now and spring 2018 according to a document published on 8 February by the Ministry of Defence. Entitled “Ministry of Defence Vote A”, this key document outlines the maximum number of personnel engaged in the UK’s Armed Forces up to 31 March 2018. It needs to be approved by Parliament which […]

New Special Forces vehicle delivered

France’s special forces received the first of 25 heavyweight tactical vehicles on 1 February, a couple of months late as they should initially have been delivered before the end of 2016 according to the terms of a contract signed by the DGA procurement agency with Renault Trucks Defense (RTD) on 30 December 2015 (see the […]

AJAX simulators pass critical design review

Manufacturing of the 28 XPI Simulation driver training simulators for General Dynamics Land Systems UK to support the British Army’s AJAX vehicle programme, can now begin given that the critical design review has been passed. First delivery is due later this year. XPI Simulation, a Thales company specialised in training and simulation solutions, won the the […]

From the red carpet to the field

Nexter’s TITUS has moved from the red carpet of the ShieldAfrica show organised in January in Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire), to the dust of the field of action for an evaluation by the Ivorian forces on the Lomo-Nord proving ground in the centre of the country.     Some 30 soldiers from the first armoured batallion, […]

Two men hold Kalashnikov

  Andrei Bokarev, a self-made millionaire, and Kalashnikov Group CEO, Alexei Krivoruchko, look set to becoming the majority shareholders of  Russia’s largest manufacturer of combat automatic and sniper rifles, artillery guided projectiles and other hunting and sporting weapons after Russia’s Rostec State Corporation said on 7 February it is divesting 26% minus one share of its current […]

And what if France becomes NATO’s no.2 (update)

Errors, notably concerning the organisation of NATO’s military committee, unfortunately slipped into the article we published on 11 January. This update adds corrective details supplied to us by a senior source in the Alliance.   Well here’s a rather unexpected consequence of Brexit: the United Kingdom could lose its traditional NATO number 2 slot, replaced […]