30th September 2016

European defence cooperation is not an Army

Despite the Brexit vote the UK is vowing to continue playing its full role in the EU and says it will oppose any attempts to create an EU army because it could “undermine” the role of NATO. However, not only has European Parliament President Martin Schulz said the UK would not have a veto over closer defence […]

South Korea’s Surion helicopter fails test

South Korea’s Defence Ministry and the Defence Aquisition Programme Administration (DAPA) have suspended further deliveries of the domestically-made Surion KUH-1 helicopter to the Army after the aircraft failed a cold-weather test seven months ago. However the DAPA report was only revealed this week by a parliamentarian, a member of South Korea’s centre-right Saenuri Party.   […]

South African missile for Saudi Arabia?

Saudi Arabia’s armed forces may soon be using a South African missile after the recent signature of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly market the Ingwe anti-tank missile between Saudi Arabia’s ITEAC Group and South Africa’s Denel Dynamics.   The MoU was signed on 16 September during the Africa Aerospace and Defence exhibition held […]

Bye-bye Famas

France’s legendary Famas assault rifle, made by the Manufacture de Saint Etienne, in service across the French armed forces since 1978 is to be replaced by a German-made one. France’s DGA procurement agency announced on 22 September, unsurprisingly, that the group of companies Heckler & Koch SAS France and Heckler & Koch GmbH Germany and its HK416 […]

French troops are not fighting in Libya

France is not fighting in Libya either directly or in secret, French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said this week during an official visit to Oman. Sure, France is not fighting directly but personnel from the  DGSE (General Directorate for External Security, France’s foreign intelligence agency since 1982) and French special forces have been deployed on Libyan soil […]

Details emerge of CAESAR in Iraq

A few more details concerning the deployment of four self-propelled CAESAR howitzers in Iraq have finally emerged with the publication of the 26 July joint hearing by the French Parliament’s National Defence and Armed Forces Committee and the Senate’s Foreign Affairs, Defence and Armed Forces Committee of Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.     Le Drian said that the […]

Carl-Gustaf M4 demo in the UK

Two months after the event Swedish defence and security company Saab announced that it had successfully demonstrated the new Carl-Gustaf M4 weapon system during the British Army’s Close Combat Symposium (CCS) live firing demonstration at West Lavington, England on 20 July. The M4 is lighter and shorter than its predecessors weighing less than 7kg and […]

From Cousteau to Belgian Special Forces

Some of you are certainly familiar with Aqua Lung, the French diving equipment specialist created in 1946 by Commander Jacques-Yves Cousteau and his colleague Émile Gagnan. But 70 years on the Nice-based company is also a reference for combat divers as recently proven with a contract it won from the Belgian Ministry of Defence for 34 […]

VBCI aims for London

Nexter and its VBCI (Véhicule blindé de combat d’infanterie or armoured combat infantry vehicle) is continuing its programme of seduction in the United Kingdom. The French defence systems group and its competitors in the British Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV) project all made the trip to the Defence Vehicle Dynamics (DVD) show organised in early September on […]

Army of Champions wins six Paralympic medals

The Olympic flame was put out yesterday evening at the end of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. The French delegation came home with 28 medals, including six, or 21%, won by the Army of Champions.       ►Fencing – Epée men’s team Civilian contract employee of the Defence Ministry Yannick IFEBE with team mates R. […]