16th May 2017

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 […]

Nexter and MSPV joint project

No, “unity is strength” is not the prerogative of Belgium. Nexter Systems and the Emirati company Minerva Special Purpose Vehicle (MSPV), have made the motto theirs at this week’s IDEF 2017 in Istanbul, with a joint project to integrate the ARX20 remote controlled turret on an MSPV Panthera F9 armoured transport vehicle. The objective is to […]

Palomeros: Macron’s defence project

General Jean-Paul Palomeros, former French Air Force Chief of Staff and NATO Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, has put his considerable military experience to helping France’s President-elect Emmanuel Macron “who is extremely impregnated by his role as head of the armed forces” develop a defence project in a team that consists of “about 10 people.” Meeting […]

New vehicles for Belgian SOFs

Belgium is discreetly moving forwards with  modernisation plans for its armed forces, as previously announced by Defence Minister Steven Vandeput in his “Strategic Vision” which outlines what the Belgian armed forces should look like by 2030. For the time being investments are concentrated on the Land Component, as illustrated by the recent launch of a call for tender […]

ECA makes robots collaborate

So we all know about RPASs (remotely piloted air systems). And we all know about ground robots or UGVs*. But how about RPASs working in tandem with ground robots? This is the new path being trodden by French company ECA which has been in the robotics field for nearly 50 years. It is one of […]

First 400 HK 416Fs delivered

Eight months after the notification of the AIF market, the DGA French procurement agency today received the first batch of 400 HK 416F assault rifles from Germany’s Heckler & Koch. This rifle is destined to replace the FAMAS which has been in service with the French armed forces for nearly 40 years. A quick reminder. […]

New fund for innovative start-ups

The French DGA procurement agency and Bpifrance yesterday launched an investment fund with an initial budget of €50M to support innovative SMEs and start-ups in the French defence sector, “a major issue for the sovereignty of our defence system, which is based on a strong and competitive industry,” said DGA director Laurent-Collet Billon in an […]

Barkhane’s vast clean-up operation

It was a tough weekend for the soldiers of France’s Barkhane force who were engaged in a vast operation, baptised Bayard, which “led to the neutralisation of 20 or so terrorists in the forest of Foulsaré near the border between Mali and Burkina Faso, Southwest of Gao,” according to a French Defence Ministry statement on April 30. […]