12th December 2016

Upgrade for Germany’s Fuchs/Fox

German company Rheinmetall has won a €135m order from the Bundeswehr (German army) for modernisation and survivability upgrades to 90 long-serving Fuchs/Fox armoured transport vehicles notably to structurally alter the hull; put in new seats and suspended seating in the fighting compartment to keep soldiers’ feet safely off the floor of the hull; reinforce the […]

Who’s that speaking?

A “Mummy, look!” or “Daddy, watch!” shouted from the playground will only turn the head of the parent to whom the call was addressed as the other adults instantly disregard it, having recognised that the voice did not belong to their own child. Spanish company Agnitio, has developed a machine that will do the same thing as […]

300 Sherpas for Kuwait

This is a good day for Renault Trucks Defense (RTD) with the announcement by French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian that Kuwait is to order 300 Sherpa vehicles for €270m coming sharp on the heels of an earlier one that RTD had won the VLTP NP contract. “During my visit last August to Kuwait, I […]

RTD wins VLTP NP contract

The contract for 3,700 polyvalent light tactical vehicles (VLTP NP) has been attributed to Renault Trucks Defense (RTD), announced French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian during a visit today (8 December) to the RTD factory in Fourchambault, central France. RTD will militarise the 3,700 civilian Ford Everests on its site at Saint Nazaire (on France’s Atlantic coast, north of […]

Consolidating land industries

Consolidation is the name of the game, Stéphane Mayer, president of France’s GICAT (Group of  land and air-land Defense and Security Manufacturers) and CEO of Nexter, told members of the National Assembly’s Defence and Armed Forces Commission at a hearing on 30 November.   “The land industry sector is still very fragmented in Europe,” worries Mayer, adding that today it is facing “really strong competition from a large number of countries which […]

An end to vehicle rollovers?

French armoured vehicles manufacturers Nexter and Renault Trucks Defense (RTD) together with the STAT, the French Army’s technical department, are evaluating a Spanish-developed technology which warns drivers that their vehicle is about to rollover. The technology belongs to a four-person Spanish company, Desarrollo Tecnológico Agroindustrial EBT (DTA EBT), founded in 2005 and based in Córdoba, which initially […]

Black Blade 2016

Yesterday FOB braved the wintery climate of the Belgian Ardennes to attend the distinguished visitors day of exercise Black Blade 2016, held from 14 November to 2 December on the southern Belgian airbase of Florennes. Organised by the European Defence Agency in coordination with the Belgian army, Black Blade 2016 is the 10th exercise organised under the umbrella of the European Helicopter Exercise Programme (HEP), considered as […]