31st January 2017

Pandurs for Austria and Piranhas for Romania


General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) has just announced that it signed a contract on December 22, 2016 with the Austrian Ministry of Defence to deliver 34 additional PANDUR 6×6 vehicles to complement the 71 the Alpine nation first bought in 1994. The first of these new vehicles will be delivered next year.   The […]

Sig Sauer P320 is U.S. Army’s new pistol


The U.S. Army has chosen Sig Sauer’s P320 as its new service pistol to replace the M9 Beretta which soldiers have used as their sidearm since 1985. Sig Sauer won the US$580m Modular Handgun System contract against Smith & Wesson, Beretta and Glock to provide firearms, accessories and ammunition over the next decade.   Released in […]

ShieldAfrica for the continent’s new ambitions


“It is vital for us to reflect on the ways and means of protecting our continent from destabilisation and to ensure that our respective countries can develop in a secure environment,” declared Alain-Richard Donwahi, defence minister of the Côte d’Ivoire, during a conference prior to the ShieldAfrica show held from 24 to 26 January at […]

Production delay for Malaysia’s AV8 Gempita


South Africa’s Denel Land Systems has announced that its biggest ever export contract, worth €257.5m, has been delayed by two years “due to the economic situation” in the customer country, Malaysia. Denel was to deliver turrets by 2018 for the south-east Asian nation’s fleet of AV8 Gempita 8×8 multirole armoured vehicles developed by DefTech in […]

Titus, Nexter’s spearhead in Africa


Every love story has its ups and downs… just like the one between Nexter and Africa. The sale of the Aravis to Gabon in 2014 ended a 30-year stretch during which contracts on the continent were scarce. Today Nexter is interested in the Côte d’Ivoire’s ambitious programme to reconstruct its army offering the TITUS which is being exhibited this week in Abidjan […]

UK’s Dstl and CAST to merge


Britain’s defence and interior ministries [MOD and Home Office] are to merge their science and technology departments, respectively the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and Centre for Applied Science and Technology (CAST), with the process getting underway this year and scheduled to be completed by 2020, the ministries have announced. The decision was taken […]

Paris and Bogotá to sign defence pact


France and Colombia will sign a military cooperation technical agreement which will, amongst other things, allow Colombian armed forces to learn from the experience of their French counterparts in “international missions and peace-keeping operations,” the Colombian government announced last week. But the signature will take place during Defence Minister Luis Carlos Villegas’ visit to France this quarter rather […]

New simulation tool for French army


Thales is to supply its CERBERE solution to the French Army to enable combined-arms task forces to train in conditions very close to those encountered on operational deployments.The new system, whose name is an acronym for: Centres d’entraînement représentatifs des espaces de bataille et de restitution des engagements, or “training centres which are representative of […]

Rome joins the Aster B1NT club


Almost six months after signing a cooperation agreement with France, Italy has formally joined the programme to develop the surface-to-air Aster 30 Block 1 NT (for New Technology) missile. The notification by the European joint armaments’ procurement agency, OCCAR, of the amendment to allow for Italian participation in the Franco-Italian Eurosam consortium between MBDA and Thales, […]

Two years of Vigilant Guardian


Belgium’s Vigilant Guardian operation(OVG), the equivalent of France’s Sentinelle, blew its second anniversary candle yesterday. Activated on 17 January 2015 following the attack in Paris against the weekly satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, Vigilant Guardian has hit cruising speed, explained Colonel Laurent*, of the joint Operations and Training department of the Belgian defence ministry.      The objective of […]