10th February 2017

British Army to lose almost 18,000 staff


The British Army will lose at least 17,950 staff between now and spring 2018 according to a document published on 8 February by the Ministry of Defence. Entitled “Ministry of Defence Vote A”, this key document outlines the maximum number of personnel engaged in the UK’s Armed Forces up to 31 March 2018. It needs to be approved by Parliament which […]

New Special Forces vehicle delivered


France’s special forces received the first of 25 heavyweight tactical vehicles on 1 February, a couple of months late as they should initially have been delivered before the end of 2016 according to the terms of a contract signed by the DGA procurement agency with Renault Trucks Defense (RTD) on 30 December 2015 (see the […]

AJAX simulators pass critical design review


Manufacturing of the 28 XPI Simulation driver training simulators for General Dynamics Land Systems UK to support the British Army’s AJAX vehicle programme, can now begin given that the critical design review has been passed. First delivery is due later this year. XPI Simulation, a Thales company specialised in training and simulation solutions, won the the […]

From the red carpet to the field


Nexter’s TITUS has moved from the red carpet of the ShieldAfrica show organised in January in Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire), to the dust of the field of action for an evaluation by the Ivorian forces on the Lomo-Nord proving ground in the centre of the country.     Some 30 soldiers from the first armoured batallion, […]

Two men hold Kalashnikov


  Andrei Bokarev, a self-made millionaire, and Kalashnikov Group CEO, Alexei Krivoruchko, look set to becoming the majority shareholders of  Russia’s largest manufacturer of combat automatic and sniper rifles, artillery guided projectiles and other hunting and sporting weapons after Russia’s Rostec State Corporation said on 7 February it is divesting 26% minus one share of its current […]

And what if France becomes NATO’s no.2 (update)


Errors, notably concerning the organisation of NATO’s military committee, unfortunately slipped into the article we published on 11 January. This update adds corrective details supplied to us by a senior source in the Alliance.   Well here’s a rather unexpected consequence of Brexit: the United Kingdom could lose its traditional NATO number 2 slot, replaced […]

German wings in Mali’s skies


Two medical evacuation German Army NH90s landed in Gao, Mali, on 31 January after a 1,200km flight from Bamako where they had been delivered by an Antonov An-124-100 transport aircraft from Leipzig/Halle in east Germany to join the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). They will be followed in the next few days and weeks by […]

Euro-Shelter reinvents police mobility


Recognised for its mobile shelter know-how, Euro-Shelter, a discreet subsidiary of the Nexter Group, is considering extending its portfolio with a new concept of “mobile gendarmerie” unveiled last week in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, at the ShieldAfrica 2017 show.     Born from a requirement expressed a year ago by an African client, this new project is designed to […]

French military fighting Chile’s fires


France has sent 65 military fire rescuers from the UIISC 5 (unité d’instruction et d’intervention de la sécurité civil) and UIISC 7 with 4.2 tonnes of firefighting equipment in answer to a call for international help from Chile, fighting the worst forest fires in its history with 366,000 ha of forest already burnt*, 11 lives […]