26th February 2016

KMW now also dismantles battle tanks

We’ve written recently about dismantling missiles and explosives and now we hear that Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) has just acquired Europe’s only NATO-certified battle tank dismantling company. Aptly named Battle Tank Dismantling GmbH Koch, the company, based in Rockensussra, Germany, was formerly owned by the Scholz Group, a world leader in steel and scrap recycling. Battle […]

Replacing Australia’s Tigers. Really?

One little sentence in Australia’s Defence White Paper published on 24th February: “The Government will replace the 22 Tiger Armed Reconnaissance helicopters with a new armed reconnaissance capability from the mid-2020s” took everybody by surprise, from the Australian Army and Defence Materiel Organisation to Airbus Helicopters, the aircraft’s manufacturer. And now they are all scrambling to […]

Airbus D&S earns historic €1bn EBIT

Yesterday it was Thales’s 2015 results, today it’s the Airbus Group’s which “achieved a solid performance,” last year, according to CEO Tom Enders. He said the Group was entering 2016 “with confidence”. It earned revenues of €64bn in 2015, up from €61bn in 2014, of which 20% was earned by the Defence & Space (D&S) […]

Defence contracts boost Thales revenues

It’s that time of the year again: annual results. Today was Thales. And the figures are good: a 31% growth in orders hitting a record €18.9bn, up from €14.4 in 2014; a turnover of €14.1bn, up 8% from the 2014 figure of €13bn; and an adjusted net result of €809m, up 44% from the €562 […]

Belgium considering missile defence

One of the points of the 2030 strategic plan unveiled by Belgian Defence Minister Steven Vandeput was not picked up by the media despite the financial implications it would have: to provide the Kingdom’s Army with a Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) system, an idea Vandeput discussed on 17 February with the Defence Commission of the […]

Belated thanks

The ceremony went unnoticed in France and yet it concerned the Legion d’Honneur and a promise made by France during the 70th D-Day anniversary celebrations: to award France’s highest decoration to all those who had fought there.   The award was, finally, made to some of the Northern Irish soldiers who had fought on the […]

Honeywell re-invents the windscreen

by Nathan Gain and Christina Mackenzie   Imagine an armoured vehicle whose windows have been replaced by a wrap-around, augmented virtual reality instrument panel to help improve the crew’s tactical awareness. This is the challenge that US company Honeywell is addressing under a contract with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the US agency […]

Aravis short-listed for Royal Danish Army

Nexter is continuing its marketing push into Scandinavia. After the CAESAR in Norway and Denmark, the French land armaments group is making progress with the Aravis. Together with four others short-listed by Denmark’s procurement agency, the FMI (which stands for, wait for it, for: Forsvarsministeriets Materiel- og Indkøbsstyrelse), Nexter and the other companies must now submit proposals for a platform […]

Polish/Czech collaboration on new ATC

The Polish and Czech governments are joining forces to procure a new armoured troop carrier (ATC) for the Polish armed forces, according to Polish daily Gazeta Polska Codziennie, which reports Defence Minister Bartosz Kownacki as saying this is one of the priority procurement programmes that Warsaw will launch in the upcoming months.   The Polish […]

“Brexit” and Franco-British defence cooperation

What would happen to Franco-British defence cooperation in case of a “Brexit”, the United Kingdom leaving the European Union? The question is legitimate because there are many defence links between London and Paris. Their cooperation is narrow and will notably be illustrated at the “Franco-British summit in early March, a large part of which will […]