24th May 2017

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.

Belgium’s military programme law

After months of discussions, an unfavourable opinion from the Council of State and two amendments, Belgium’s House of Representatives finally – on May 11 – adopted (82 votes for and 50 against) the country’s first ever Military Programme Law, a key element of the Strategic Vision set out by Defence Minister Steven Vandeput. Once the […]

Macron takes on military role

Emmanuel Macron “is extremely impregnated by his role as head of the armed forces,” retired General Jean-Paul Palomeros had told us a few days ago. The 8th President of the French Republic demonstrated the truth of this on several occasions today during his inauguration ceremony. First by taking his time to walk up the red […]