12th April 2016

Final validation for Franco-British expeditionary force

D-day -2 before “Griffin Strike 2016” begins; the Franco-British exercise involving some 5,500 soldiers (including 2,040 French ones) will take place from 14-23 April in England. These joint manoeuvres will validate the concept of the Combined Joint Expeditionary Force (CJEF) set up by both nations in the framework of the 2010 Lancaster House treaties. The […]

MoD France’s third biggest recruiter in 2016

Did you know that in 2016 the third biggest job recruiter in France after Carrefour (supermarkets) and McDonalds (fast food) will be the defence ministry? Twenty-six thousand youngsters will join the ministry “not only as active soldiers but also reservists (…) or civilian personnel,” explained Anne-Sophie Avé, director of human resources at the ministry of […]

Nexter Systems moving forward in India

Nexter Systems is moving three of its pieces on the “equipping the Indian army” chessboard: the Trajan gun; its chassis-mounted version, the Caesar; and the T40 turret are each moving forward in their respective programmes, according to Nexter officials at Defexpo 2016 held last week in Goa.     By far the most forward positioned […]

MASS and MARS, the DRDO’s terrible twins

Their names are MASS (Mobile Autonomous Stabilisation System) and MARS (Mobile Autonomous Robot System) and they look like golf carts: please meet the two new unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) unveiled last week by India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) at Defexpo 2016, held this year in Goa. MASS and MARS are based on the […]

Goa: tourist paradise, exhibition hell

Was Defexpo, held this year for the first time in Goa and hailed as “Asia’s biggest defence exhibition”, actually a bit of a flop? Despite claims on the organisers’ website that there were 1,055 exhibitors from 47 countries, the real impact of this 9th Defexpo show seems to have been really limited. To such a […]

French Army will get Patroller in 2018

Finally! The French Army is going to get its Patroller remotely piloted air system (RPAS) in 2018 after the signature this afternoon (5 April) in Montluçon, central France, of the €350 million industrial contract between the DGA French procurement agency and Sagem (Safran), the manufacturer. The contract is for 14 aircraft and six ground stations, […]

India seduced by Nexter Munitions

“Make in India” concerns all the equipment needed by the Indian Army from vehicles to helmets via, above all, munitions.  A vast market on which some of Nexter Group’s subsidiaries are well positioned. At last week’s Defexpo 2016 in Goa, Nexter Munitions unveiled a new 125mm arrowhead shell that meets India’s requirement for a better quality munition […]

Discovering “Make in India”

If Dassault Aviation and its Rafale often make the front page of the specialised defence press regarding the endless negotiations over a potential fighter aircraft contract with India, it would be a shame to assume that French interests in India are concentrated on this one contract, however big it might be. Proof is that 38 French companies made […]