30th May 2017

Germany’s A400M gets its DASS

Here is a video released today by the German army showing the Defensive Aids Sub System now installed on its A400M military transport aircraft.

LP Trueno Franco-Spanish exercise

The LP Trueno joint Spanish/French paratroop exercise which involved 2,300 soldiers backed up by helicopters and hundreds of vehicles, including the Centauro armoured vehicle and the CAESAR self-propelled gun, ended last week at the San Gregorio training ground (CENAD – Centro Nacional de Adiestramiento) in the northern Spanish city of Zaragoza. The Spanish soldiers came from […]

Danish CAESAR contract signed

The Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation (DALO) on 22 May awarded a contract to Nexter, the French land defence systems manufacturer, for the supply of 15 (plus an optional six) 8×8 CAESAR artillery systems for the Danish Army.   Major General Hans Christian Mathiesen, Chief of Staff of the Danish Army, had announced the […]

First woman heads Belgian military school

The Royal Military School (RMS), the Belgian counterpart of France’s Saint-Cyr or Great Britain’s Sandhurst, now has a woman at its head. Appointed on 18 May, Air Vice Marshal Lutgardis Claes is the first woman to occupy this post at the institution founded in 1834 on the model of France’s military engineering school Polytechnique. This […]

Fortress Interventions for the GIGN

France’s elite gendarmerie special force, the GIGN (Groupe d’Intervention de la Gendarmerie Nationale) has recently taken delivery of an unknown number of new 4×4 Fortress Intervention armoured vehicles made by Centigon, the Britanny-based armour specialist. The new delivery highlights “the importance of such a tool in the fight against terrorism and more particularly in the […]

U.S./Saudi defence mega-contract

President Donald Trump of the United States and King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia yesterday (20 May) signed defence contracts worth U.S.$110bn, or more than double the French military budget for 2016. A record package that demonstrates, according to a White House statement, “the importance of working jointly to address challenges to […]

Two legionnaires drown in France

Two legionnaires drowned today during a kayak outing organised by a specialised company on the Marne river, ENE of Paris. Members of the 2nd foreign infantry regiment based in Nîmes, the two men in their 20s were taking part in a group cohesion activity. An army statement said “they fell and disappeared in the water on the […]

German tank fleet to swell 40%

On 8 May Germany launched an ambitious project to modernise its fleet of Leopard 2 tanks, a fleet set to swell by 40% between 2019 and 2023. Awarded to Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) by BAAINBw, the German defence procurement agency, this €760M contract will upgrade 104 currently cocooned Leopard 2A4s to 2A7V standard. In addition, BAAAINBw has also […]

Who is Sylvie Goulard?

by Christina Mackenzie and Nathan Gain   Sylvie Goulard, 52, has been appointed Minister for the Armed Forces in the new French government by President Emmanuel Macron. She thus becomes the second woman in the history of the Vth Republic to be handed the keys of this ministry, 10 years almost to the day after Michèle […]

Sylvie Goulard, new French defence minister

Sylvie Goulard has just been appointed France’s new defence minister. More details later.