28th April 2017

CZ-806 BREN rifle for France’s GIGN


Rifles seem to be flavour of the week as we learn that the French National Gendarmerie Intervention Group (GIGN) has ordered Česká zbrojovka (CZ) CZ-806 BREN 2 assault rifles chambered in 7.62x39mm, this calibre being chosen for the first time by French law-enforcement services to meet their requirement for higher stopping power to counter terrorists wearing bullet-proof […]

A400M stars at FAMEX 2017


The A400M military transport aircraft is expected to be the major attraction at the second edition of Mexico’s international aerospace show FAMEX (Feria Aerospacial Mexico) which today opens its doors for four days at the Military Air Base nº1 at Santa Lucía, near the town of Zumpango, a few kilometres NNW of Mexico City.       […]

NATO reflects on cyberspace – part 2


The second part of our exclusive report from the NATO TIDE Sprint meeting   Aside from the morning plenary sessions there was a large selection of round tables, one of which centred on these cyber issues. Dr Tamsin Moye, a senior scientist cybersecurity within the NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency in The Hague, highlighted […]

Slight rise in global defence spending


If there is an annual report that is impatiently awaited every year, it is the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) one on global military spending. And the figures of the 2016 edition published yesterday confirm a modest increase in global defence budgets, with an increase on 2015 of “only” 0.4% to US$1,686bn (€1,549bn), or […]

NATO reflects on cyberspace – part 1


An exclusive report from a NATO TIDE Sprint meeting in Saint-Malo   On the café terraces crowded with holidaymakers this first week of the Easter holidays, the men in darks suit and ties chatting in English were rather out of place in the bright sunshine of Saint-Malo on France’s Britanny coast. Only those with knowledge […]

France orders Griffons and Jaguars


The French DGA Procurement Agency yesterday ordered a first tranche of 319 Griffons and 20 Jaguars from the Nexter-Renault Trucks Defense-Thales trio in charge of the Scorpion programme to modernise the major equipment of the French Army.   “During the development phase, the Griffon-Jaguar workload plan represents close to 1,000 highly skilled direct jobs; there […]

Eurenco betting on hexogen


Another important step has been taken to resurrect Eurenco, a subsidiary of the SNPE group specialising in energy materials: a €100m investment has been made to provide the plant in Sorgues by the end of 2020 with a state-of-the-art Hexogen Manufacturing Unit (UFH) to replace equipment, some of which is more than 60 years old. […]

Tiger ballet


Just for the sheer pleasure, here’s a video we found of two French Tiger helicopters strutting their stuff.

New counter hybrid threat centre


On 11 April nine* member countries of the European Union and NATO endorsed the creation of a new European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats. Based in Helsinki, Finland, this structure will aim not only to study such threats, but also “to help foster the resilience of societies,” the Finnish government said in an official […]

Seeking laser designators


The French DGA Procurement Agency is seeking to acquire red-point target acqusition systems for the future HK 416F assault rifle, and a new generation of lightweight laser designators. According to a notice published on 13 April by the Official Bulletin of Public Procurement Announcements (BOAMP), a first contract “concerns the acquisition of approximately 120,000 sighting […]