New simulation tool for French army

Training at the CENZUB centre in Sissonne (Photo credit: ECPAD-Sébastien DUPONT)

Thales is to supply its CERBERE solution to the French Army to enable combined-arms task forces to train in conditions very close to those encountered on operational deployments.The new system, whose name is an acronym for: Centres d’entraînement représentatifs des espaces de bataille et de restitution des engagements, or “training centres which are representative of […]

Rome joins the Aster B1NT club

An Aster 30 Block 1 missile (photo credit: MBDA)

Almost six months after signing a cooperation agreement with France, Italy has formally joined the programme to develop the surface-to-air Aster 30 Block 1 NT (for New Technology) missile. The notification by the European joint armaments’ procurement agency, OCCAR, of the amendment to allow for Italian participation in the Franco-Italian Eurosam consortium between MBDA and Thales, […]

Two years of Vigilant Guardian


Belgium’s Vigilant Guardian operation(OVG), the equivalent of France’s Sentinelle, blew its second anniversary candle yesterday. Activated on 17 January 2015 following the attack in Paris against the weekly satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, Vigilant Guardian has hit cruising speed, explained Colonel Laurent*, of the joint Operations and Training department of the Belgian defence ministry.      The objective of […]

Tokyo reveals new armoured APC

The prototype Wheeled Armoured Vehicle (Improved) revealed last week by Japan's Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (Photo credit: Japanese Ministry of Defence)

The Japan Ground Self-Defence Force (JGSDF) is going to begin trials with a new 20-ton eight-wheeled armoured personnel carrier (APC) for 11 people: three crew members and eight dismounted infantrymen. Manufactured by Komatsu Ltd. the new APC will replace the Type 96, made by the same company and in use with the JGSDF since 1996.   According to […]

RTD officially gets VLTP NP contract

The future VLTP NP ()photo credit: RTD)

Renault Trucks Defense was officially notified of the contract FOB revealed on 8 December to supply the first one thousand polyvalent light tactical vehicles (VLTP NP) on 23 December 2016, the French DGA procurent agency has announced.      Attributed on 8 December 2016 to Renault Trucks Défense “following a European competition“, the VLTP NP contract includes “the […]

A400M flies through Mach Loop


The Royal Air Force flew one of its A400Ms through the Machynlleth Loop (nicknamed the easier to pronounce Mach Loop) in the spectacular countryside of west-central Wales on 5th January. This training area is within the Low Flying Area (LFA) LFA7, which covers most of Wales, and so is a favourite spot for plane watchers. A number of […]

France and Japan tighten military links

Jean-Yves Le Drian and Tomomi Inada at the Japanese Embassy in Paris on 5 January (Photo credit: Japanese Embassy in Paris)

No rest for the brave. After spending New Year’s eve with military personnel in Jordan deployed for the Chammal operation, French defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian was back in Paris for the third round of ministerial political-military discussions with Japan. In addition to strengthening maritime cooperation, Le Drian and his Japanese counterpart Tomomi Inada, accompanied by […]

British-style Star Wars


The laser-weapon dream of every Star Wars fan could soon come true thanks to MBDA. The British branch of the European missile-house and its partners*, grouped together in the UK Dragonfire consortium, on 4 January signed a €35M contract with the UK Ministry of Defence to develop a high intensity laser weapon demonstrator.      “This is a […]

Spy’Ranger: French Army’s new eye in the sky


It’s official. Thales will deliver its Spy’Ranger remotely piloted air system (RPAS) to the French army starting in 2018, according to concurrent statements by the manufacturer and the French DGA procurement agency. Even if this firm order concerns “only” 35 systems, each of which includes three mini  RPASs, Thales has already confirmed its capacity to produce […]

The US needs a DGA!

Major-General Robert M. "Bo" Dyess

There is no equivalent to the French DGA procurement agency in the United States. This is doubtless why Major General Robert M. “Bo” Dyess, deputy director of the Army Capabilities Integration Centre has complained of the difficulties that US manufacturers have in understanding exactly what the requirements of the US Army are. And what has […]