17th November 2016

Europe financing defence research projects


Just when voices are being raised for stronger European defence, the European Defence Agency (EDA) is showing the way by putting money where its mouth is. For the first time it is financing defence research projects and has put €1.4m into three such projects carefully chosen from amongst 21 submitted by 12 countries. Each is getting some […]

Exclusive interview with François Fillon


Continuing our series of interviews about the positioning of French political representatives relative to the Army and the defence industry in the run up to the French Presidential elections in 2017, today it is the turn of François Fillon, Republican candidate for the right and centre primary and currently member of parliament for the 2nd district of Paris to […]

World long distance shooting record for France


The world record for long distance shooting returns to France! On the Canjuers proving ground, in southern France, on 29 October 2016 at 17:30, the hour at which visibility is perfect as the “mirage” effect disappears with the progressive cooling of the air, Sergeant Major Benjamin of the 4th light cavalry regiment (4 RCh) fired 12 bullets in 10 minutes […]

Trump on defence part 3/3


  Concerning NATO: “I will also be requesting that all NATO nations promptly pay their bills, which many are not now doing.” With this strange, even funny, declaration, which sounded much like a landlord calling in the rent, Trump probably meant that he would like all NATO nations to spend 2% of their GDP on defence. He was […]

Trump on defence part 2/3


Trump promised his audience that “immediately after taking office [on 20 January 2017] I will asky my generals to present to me a plan within 30 days to defeat and destroy ISIS,” adding that “this will require military warfare but also cyberwarfare, financial warfare and ideological warfare.” But he gave no details.  Trump said he would ask […]

Trump on defence part 1/3


with Nathan Gain     Exit the shock of the first few hours, the time has now come to be pragmatic. Yesterday Donald Trump was elected as the future president of the United States at the end of a vitriolic campaign during which he gave little away as to his programme. As Germany’s defence minister  Ursula von der Leyen […]

Paper Jaguar


Cardboard and wood are two materials that will not be used to manufacture the future Jaguar, the key armoured vehicle of the French Army’s Scorpion programme destined to replace the ERC-90 Sagaie, AMX-10RC and VAB HOTs. But these two materials will have to do for the time being, as used in the full-sized model of the Jaguar, an armoured combat and reconnaissance […]

IndoDefence reflects rising defence spending


by Joseph Roukoz   Guest writer Joseph Roukoz attended the IndoDefence show held last week in Indonesia and wrote this report for FOB.   The four-day tri-service Indo Defence exhibition which ended on 5 November in the sprawling Indonesian capital saw some 750 companies from 55 countries setting up their booths in the Jakarta International […]

Auxylium, Sentinelle’s radiocom


The soldiers patrolling Paris and its suburbs in the Sentinelle operation together with their commanding officers have a new, extremely lightweight (900g) and intuitive communications tool : Auxylium. The smart phone/radio, which automatically and securely tunes in to whichever of the defence or civilian networks is strongest where the user is, was developed by two […]

RTD is indeed for sale


As we suggested on 28 October, Renault Trucks Defense (RTD) is indeed for sale, Joakim Kenndal, acting head of media relations at the Volvo Group, confirmed this morning following a press release in which the Group announced its intention to divest its Governmental Sales business area. RTD is currently 100% owned by Volvo Group Governmental […]