Two legionnaires drown in France

Two legionnaires drowned today during a kayak outing organised by a specialised company on the Marne river, ENE of Paris. Members of the 2nd foreign infantry regiment based in Nîmes, the two men in their 20s were taking part in a group cohesion activity. An army statement said “they fell and disappeared in the water on the […]

German tank fleet to swell 40%

On 8 May Germany launched an ambitious project to modernise its fleet of Leopard 2 tanks, a fleet set to swell by 40% between 2019 and 2023. Awarded to Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) by BAAINBw, the German defence procurement agency, this €760M contract will upgrade 104 currently cocooned Leopard 2A4s to 2A7V standard. In addition, BAAAINBw has also […]

Who is Sylvie Goulard?

by Christina Mackenzie and Nathan Gain   Sylvie Goulard, 52, has been appointed Minister for the Armed Forces in the new French government by President Emmanuel Macron. She thus becomes the second woman in the history of the Vth Republic to be handed the keys of this ministry, 10 years almost to the day after Michèle […]

Sylvie Goulard, new French defence minister

Sylvie Goulard has just been appointed France’s new defence minister. More details later.

Belgium’s military programme law

After months of discussions, an unfavourable opinion from the Council of State and two amendments, Belgium’s House of Representatives finally – on May 11 – adopted (82 votes for and 50 against) the country’s first ever Military Programme Law, a key element of the Strategic Vision set out by Defence Minister Steven Vandeput. Once the […]

Macron takes on military role

Emmanuel Macron “is extremely impregnated by his role as head of the armed forces,” retired General Jean-Paul Palomeros had told us a few days ago. The 8th President of the French Republic demonstrated the truth of this on several occasions today during his inauguration ceremony. First by taking his time to walk up the red […]

Nexter and MSPV joint project

No, “unity is strength” is not the prerogative of Belgium. Nexter Systems and the Emirati company Minerva Special Purpose Vehicle (MSPV), have made the motto theirs at this week’s IDEF 2017 in Istanbul, with a joint project to integrate the ARX20 remote controlled turret on an MSPV Panthera F9 armoured transport vehicle. The objective is to […]

Palomeros: Macron’s defence project

General Jean-Paul Palomeros, former French Air Force Chief of Staff and NATO Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, has put his considerable military experience to helping France’s President-elect Emmanuel Macron “who is extremely impregnated by his role as head of the armed forces” develop a defence project in a team that consists of “about 10 people.” Meeting […]

New vehicles for Belgian SOFs

Belgium is discreetly moving forwards with  modernisation plans for its armed forces, as previously announced by Defence Minister Steven Vandeput in his “Strategic Vision” which outlines what the Belgian armed forces should look like by 2030. For the time being investments are concentrated on the Land Component, as illustrated by the recent launch of a call for tender […]

ECA makes robots collaborate

So we all know about RPASs (remotely piloted air systems). And we all know about ground robots or UGVs*. But how about RPASs working in tandem with ground robots? This is the new path being trodden by French company ECA which has been in the robotics field for nearly 50 years. It is one of […]