16th March 2016

Hybrid propulsion for robots


Imagine a small battle tank with no turret, no engine, no pilot’s cabin, just two tracks linked by a horizontal metallic platform. Rustic, even simplistic, you might think. And yet, the Tracked Hybrid Modular Infantry System, or THeMIS, built by Estonian company Milrem, is much more than that. Powered by a hybrid propulsion system that […]

Mayer asks for more export support


Yesterday we reported on the part of Nexter System CEO Stéphane Mayer’s hearing by the members of the French National Assembly’s national defence and armed forces commission concerning the alliance between his company and Germany’s Krauss Maffei Wegmann (KMW). Today we will examine his declarations on the financial health of the company and its outlook. […]

Nexter alliance: what next?


Details of the alliance between Nexter Systems and Krauss Maffei Wegmann (KMW) were at the heart of questions by members of the French parliament’s armed forces and defence commission during their hearing on 2 March of Stéphane Mayer, new chief executive officer of Nexter Systems. The latter reminded them that “this operation was not undertaken […]

Caesar crosses the Channel


No, this was not a remake of Julius Caesar’s expedition in -54 BC but rather the annual Steel Sabre exercise which this year was organised by the British Army’s 1st Artillery Brigade between 29 February and 11 March at the Otterburn Training Area in northern England. The French Army, which has participated in Steel Sabre in the […]

When Titan protects Ariane


When this August billions of people are glued to their TV sets watching the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, who amongst them will establish a link between this event and the Armed Forces of Guyana (AFG)? “Nobody” you will probably say. And yet this branch of the French armed forces does have a role […]

What is the STAT? – part 2


by Nathan Gain and Christina Mackenzie   The months ahead are going to be busy for the STAT, starting with a crash programme for operation Sentinelle, the anti-terrorist mission deployed in France. “We are developing the first stage of a new communication and information system called Auxylium which uses 4G technology and smartphones,” General Beaudouin, […]

Schleicher new CEO of GIAT


Philippe Schleicher, 61, is the new chairman and CEO of the GIAT Industries Group and its susbsidiary SNPE (Sociéte Nationale des Poudres et Explosifs). He also becomes chairman of Eurenco which specialises in propellants and explosives for civil and military use. GIAT Industries holds 50% of Honosthor, a joint venture between France’s Nexter Systems and […]

What is the STAT?


by Nathan Gain and Christina Mackenzie     On 17th February the National Defence and Armed Forces Commission of the French National Assembly held its first hearing of a director of the technical section of the French Army (known by its French acronym: STAT). General Charles Beaudouin, current director of the STAT which is celebrating […]

Tighter Franco-British military cooperation


British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President François Hollande agreed during the 34th Franco-British summit on 3 March that by April this year the two countries would have set up the Combined Joint Expeditionary Force (CJEF), a Franco-British armed force that could be used in a wide range of crisis scenarios, up to and […]

Lab to help counter IEDs


JDEAL. Yet another rather vague military acronym and yet it stands for a major project of the European Defence Agency (EDA): the Joint Deployable Exploitation and Analysis Laboratory to analyse improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The first mobile JDEAL was delivered on 10 February to Soesterberg, the Netherlands by Spanish company Indra. According to EDA, this […]