17th April 2017

Five defence questions to Emmanuel Macron


Emmanuel Macron has sent us his answers to the five questions we posed to all 11 candidates in the French presidential election concerning their position with regards to the army and the weapons industry. His remarks have been slightly shortened so that they fit the format we attributed to all the candidates.   1) In […]

Five defence questions to Benoît Hamon


Benoît Hamon sent us his answers to the five questions concerning their position with regard to the army and the weapons industry that we posed to the 11 candidates in the presidential election.   1) In a difficult budgetary context, how much effort should be put into the defence budget? Given the degraded strategic environment […]

Mac Jee’s stealthy rocket launcher


How surprised were we when, strolling among the alleys of the LAAD fair organised last week in Rio de Janeiro, we came across a rather singular and certainly unique system of its kind: the Armadillo TA- 2 multiple retractable rocket launcher. And the surprise was double, because behind Mac Jee, the Brazilian company that launched […]

The DGA resucitates the 60mm mortar


What if the 60mm mortar officially reappeared as a weapon for the French armed forces? Replaced for decades by the individual grenade launcher (IGL), the 60mm mortar is today the subject of a call for tender launched on 24 March by the French DGA Procurement Agency which is seeking 120 systems.   In addition to […]

Five defence questions to Marine Le Pen


Marine Le Pen has sent us her answers to the five questions we posed to all 11 candidates in the French presidential election concerning their position with regards to the army and the weapons industry. Her remarks have been slightly shortened so that they fit the format we attributed to all the candidates.   1) […]

Franco-Belgian military partnership


The Chief of the French Army, General Jean-Pierre Bosser, and his newly appointed Belgian counterpart, Major General Marc Thys, signed a letter of intent on 5 April calling for the creation of a partnership between the 7th French Armoured Brigade (known as the 7e BB) and the Belgian Median Brigade. This agreement will see both […]

Portrait: Brigadier Christine Chaulieu


Christine Chaulieu was nominated to the rank of Brigadier, almost on the sly, by the Army on July 19 last year, the first active female soldier in the Army to be appointed to this rank for 26 years and only the fourth1 in the history of the French Army. Yesterday FOB was able to meet […]

The Brexit effect on the defence sector


It was sheer coincidence that I interviewed Olivier Martin, Corporate Secretary of MBDA, about the potential problems created by Brexit for a pan-European group like his, on the very day when Britain notified the European Commission of its decision to leave the European Community (EC), the fateful 29 March 2017. The Commission has since indicated that […]

Five defence questions to Nicolas Dupont-Aignan


Once the list of candidates for the presidential election set, we sent five questions about their ideas concerning the Army and the land armament industry to 10 of the 11 candidates (François Fillon having already replied on 16 November 2016 we did not send the questionnaire to him). The first one to answer is Nicolas […]