14th December 2015

Interview with General de la Motte, commander French Army helicopters

FOB will, from time to time, publish exclusive interviews with personalities from the land and air-land sectors. We start with the air-land sector and Major General Olivier Gourlez de la Motte, the commander of the ALAT (Aviation Légère de l’Armée de Terre), the French Army’s helicopters, who was kind enough to accept our invitation and […]

Stéphane Mayer and Frank Haun to head Nexter/KMW joint venture

As FOB had forecast two days ago, Stéphane Mayer and Frank Haun will be the co-CEOs of the Newco joint venture between France’s Nexter and Germany’s KMW. The French ministries of the economy and defence confirmed these nominations mid-afternoon on 11th December.   The ministries also confirmed that Stéphane Mayer would become the new CEO […]

French Air Force running low on bomb supplies

by Nathan Gain   Since the 13th November terrorist attacks in Paris and the northern Parisian suburb of Saint-Denis, France has intensified its bombing campaign on sites in Syria held by the Daesh terrorist group. By increasing the number of aircraft engaged from 12 to 38, France is now undertaking almost 20% of the Coalition’s […]

Flurry of activity prior to Nexter/KMW joint venture next week

The deal between France’s Nexter Systems and Germany’s Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) creating a joint venture currently known as Newco will be completed on 15th December. With a turnover of around €1.6bn and 6,000 employees Newco will be the world’s third largest land-defence group in terms of turnover behind General Dynamics and BAE Systems. So this […]

Surveillance radars and Javelin anti-tank missiles for the Czech military

The Czech government on 2nd December approved procurement of new radars and US-manufactured anti-tank missiles to bolster the country’s military capabilities on foreign missions.     The Czech Army’s 25th Air Defence Missile Regiment based in Strakonice will receive two new short-range surveillance radars worth €5.66m to complement its Saab Bofors RBS-70 man portable air […]

South Africa’s Paramount opens manufacturing site in Kazakhstan

Spreading our wings to bring you news from beyond Europe’s borders we can tell you that Paramount Group, Africa’s largest privately-owned defence and aerospace business, recently announced that production of the Arlan, a variant of its Marauder armoured combat vehicle, had begun in a state-of-the art factory in Kazakhstan.     The South African group, headquartered in […]

Fox RRV for Belgian Commandos

Good news for the Belgian special forces and parachute commandos: the Kingdom’s Council of Ministers on 4th December approved the procurement of new rapid reaction vehicles (RRVs) to replace those venerable Iltis jeeps that are still in service. The British company Jankel Armouring Ltd., specialised in providing armour for tactical vehicles, will be delivering a […]

Nexter offers VBCI-2 for Lithuanian competition

by Nathan Gain   Will the VBCI-2 soon win its first export contract? That, in any case, is what France’s Nexter group is hoping after officially offering the vehicle to Lithuania in response to an invitation to tender from the Baltic nation which is seeking a new 8×8 armoured vehicle to replace its fleet of […]

RTD unveils new command post variant of MIDS

by Nathan Gain Renault Trucks Defense (RTD), yesterday, 1st December, unveiled a new command post (CP) variant of its MIDS vehicle, broadening a range that already includes troop transport and prisoner transport variants. This command post variant is “designed to closely coordinate police operations,” RTD said. The MIDS CP is thus entirely equipped for C3I […]

A guide to UN peacekeeping missions

Did you know that of the 16 United Nations (UN) current peacekeeping operations, three have been underway for over 50 years? Indeed, two of these have been going for over 65 years! If, like us, you sometimes get confused by all the acronyms by which these operations are known, we thought we’d give you a […]