30th November 2016

Of energy and foam

The solar panels on a tent at the Canjuers Training Ground in southern France (photo credit: 2CA)

Continuing with the final three projects which drew our attention at the DGA 2016 Innovation Days: Sésame II and Operasol, both shown on the propulsion/energy stand, and Batolus, shown on the materials stand. Today’s soldier carries a lot of electronic equipment which all needs to be powered. In order to make him more comfortable and give him […]

Of innovative water packs and ear-plugs

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As promised yesterday in our article outlining the DGA’s 2016 Innovation Day here are four projects which prove yet again that the size of a system is often inversely proportional to its complexity and its usefulness: SACAD’EAU, BANG, SALAMANDRE and a project to develop silent propellers for micro-drones.   Because there is no life without […]

DGA Innovation Day 2016

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The French DGA defence procurement agency invests on average €730M a year on a wide range of upstream research projects, from laboratory conceptual studies up to prototype tests in operational environments and this in every field that may have an impact on tomorrow’s defence.    This is the fifth year that the DGA has gathered together […]

IDEAS: from armoured vehicles to mule saddles

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Because we at FOB are at the service of our faithful readers, we ignored the à priori, the recommandations of the foreign ministry, put up with the heat and confronted the “gastronomic shock” to attend one of the last defence trade shows of the year: IDEAS (International Defence Exhibition And Seminar), organised every two years in Karachi, the […]

Belgian soldiers are angry

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Belgian soldiers are angry with their government’s sudden decision to progressively raise the age at which they can retire from 56 to 63 years old. The images we saw last week on television showing between 8,000 to 10,000 soldiers confronting the police, before shaking hands with them at the end of the protest, surprised us.   […]

Canadian flight for Barkhane

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Canada has supplied logistical air-support to the French armed forces in West Africa deployed in the framework of operation Barkhane which was launched on 1 August 2014 to combat Islamic radical forces across the Sahel.    “On November 20, 2016, a Royal Canadian Air Force CC-177 Globemaster strategic airlifter transported personnel and equipment from France […]

HATS off to Airbus Helicopters

Delivery of the last of the 15 EC135T2+ rotor aircraft for Australia's Helicopter Aircrew Training System (Photo credit: Airbus Helicopters/Christian Keller)

Airbus Helicopters has completed on-time deliveries to Boeing Defence Australia of the last six of 15 EC135T2+ aircraft for the Australian Defence Force’s Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS).   Provided and managed by prime contractor Boeing Defence Australia, the continent’s new helicopter training programme is for army and navy aircrew. In addition to the 15 […]

CONTACT at the heart of collaborative combat

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The article below is a summary of an article written in French by Laurent Morin and  Christophe Groshenry published in the armament engineers magazine n° 109 (http://www.caia.net/page/517/la-revue). Are you familiar with Slack? Probably if you are a geek at heart or if you’re under 20. It’s the collaborative tool of the Facebook and Twitter generation. Slack offers […]

Countering RPASs

Hand-held and easy to control, RPASs are now affordable by the general public (photo credit: Christina Mackenzie)

Remotely piloted air systems (RPASs), like so many other brilliant inventions, are being used for malicious missions a far cry from what their inventors originally designed them for. Because today these drones are relatively cheap, available to the general public, and easy to use, so a rising number of them are flying where they shouldn’t […]

Mutual missiles

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After six years of talks, MBDA’s industrial rationalisation project is now finalised, French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and his British counterpart Michael Fallon said during the 6th Defence Conference organised by the Franco-British Council on 16 and 17 November 2016.     This announcement “opens the path to a real mutual dependency in a highly […]