7th January 2016

Concern over France’s small calibre ammunition sector

The French Parliament’s National Defence and Armed Forces Committee met on 16 December 2015 to discuss the ammunitions sector, consumables at the heart of all operations given that a Rafale, a Leclerc tank or a frigate without ammunition is simply a platform that can, of course, undertake certain missions but can neither defend itself nor […]

New spots for Polish Leopards

On 28 December 2015 Poland signed the final contract allowing it to provide its land forces with a modern backbone. The contract, signed with Polish companies Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ) and ZM Bumar-Labedy as well as with Germany’s Rheinmetall, is for the modernisation of 128 Leopard 2A4 main battle tanks.     According to the […]

Daesh, by no other name

You will no doubt have noticed that we only use the term ‘Daesh’ in reference to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s terrorist group which would prefer westerners to call it ‘The Islamic State’ and Middle Eastern audiences to refer to it as ‘al-Dawlah al-Caliphate’ or ‘the Caliphate’ or ‘al-Dawlah al-Islamiyah al-Iraq al-Sham”. The term Daesh is a loose acronym […]

No rest for the brave

by Nathan Gain   New Year on the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier, a meeting with the soldiers deployed on the Sentinelle operation, a lightning visit to Jordan and then to the Legionnaires in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian was on the high-roads and by-roads right up to the […]