28th February 2017

Downing drones

Against the backdrop of an announcement last month by Daesh that it had created an “Unmanned Aircraft of the Mujahideen” unit – a fleet of modified drones equipped with explosives – and its claims that the drones had killed or wounded 39 Iraqi soldiers in one week, Australian company DroneShield has sold its DroneGun tactical […]

French defence budget must be 2% of GDP by 2022

France is lucky to have admirable armed forces “respected by our allies and feared by our adversaries” which must be maintained “in the global front rank  (…) which is why I’m asking you to hike the defence budget to 2% of GDP by 2022 and not 2025,” pleaded France’s armed forces chief of staff at a hearing by […]

“Explosive Weapon Effect” report published

A research report which seeks to describe and explain key types of explosive weapons and their destructive effects on humans and structures was published earlier this month by the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD). The aim of this research is to contribute to the ongoing discussions on explosive weapons in populated areas, intended […]

Epsilon One for Middle-Eastern client

Safran Electronics & Defense and its Middle Eastern Partner, International Golden Group announced today that they had signed a contract for the supply of Epsilon One inertial ground navigation systems and technical integration services for an initial batch to outfit a first armoured brigade of a Middle-Eastern country. Connected to a battle management system, Epsilon […]

New contract for ECA Group

Pens are going to run out of ink if the rate of contract signatures at the IDEX 2017 show being held this week in Abu Dhabi continue at this pace. Amongst those signing contracts today was ECA Group which penned a new contract with a Middle Eastern client to deliver military vehicle simulators (MVS) for three additional schools. […]

And 18 for CAESAR!

Nexter, part of the KNDS group, has signed a contract at the IDEX 2017 show being held this week in Abu Dhabi for the sale to Indonesia of 18 more CAESAR self-propelled howitzer systems. The contract follows an initial one signed in 2012 for  36 CAESARs. In addition to its artillery system, Nexter will also supply […]

CMI Défense partners with RTD

with Nathan Gain in Abu Dhabi   Belgian company CMI Défence not only told us that it was indeed interested in buying Renault Trucks Défense (RTD), put up for sale by current owner Volvo Governmental Sales (as we recount here), but at the IDEX show being held this week in Abu Dhabi it unveiled a concrete example of […]

NATO strengthens its southern flank

“NATO faces challenges which are more complex than at any time since the end of the Cold War and the Alliance is responding. Countering threats stemming from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is an essential part of that response.” It was in these terms that NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced the creation of a […]

HK 416F tested by the DICoD

So, the French army has fired the first rounds with the HK 416F during a demonstration organised for the benefit of the Ministry of Defence’s information and communication department (DICoD ). Selected in September 2016 to replace the 400,000 FAMAS F1 and G1 assault rifles used in the three components of the French forces, the HK 416F proved to […]

Germany and Holland pool air defence

Germany and the Netherlands have agreed to further deepen defence cooperation this year by putting a German short-range air defence unit under Dutch command, a source familiar with the plans told Reuters on 10 February.     The agreement is that the German air defence unit will be put under the control of the Dutch air defence command […]