11th July 2017

Darrieusecq to handle national service


The new Minister of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly, after meeting with the Army and the Navy, and before meeting the Air Force (which she should have done at Mont-de-Marsan today but the Budget kept her in Paris) yesterday undertook the perilous exercise of meeting with the media. Amongst the things she said, we found two of […]

French defence exports drop to €14bn


The French Armed Forces Ministry on 7 July published its 2017 report to Parliament on arms exports, which, we would like to remind our readers, are prohibited by French law unless they are authorised by the state and “under its control.” With €14bn of orders in 2016, the figure is below the €20bn forecast in February by […]

EAGLE for Denmark


The Royal Danish Army’s new 4×4 patrol vehicle will be the Eagle V produced by General Dynamics European Land System Mowag. First deliveries of the initial batch of 36 vehicles in the patrol configuration will be in 2018. The contract has options for further variants including electronic warfare, support and reconnaissance. The vehicles will complement […]

Polynesian Legionnaires sought


A campaign vehicle, a new Twitter account, a revamped website … the Foreign Legion’s operation “seduction” is in full swing. And it is now expanding 15,000 km away from mainland France by opening a recruitment office in French Polynesia in the hopes of creating vocations amongst the inhabitants of the 118 Polynesian islands and, above […]

Germany upgrades Fennek, Boxer


The Dutch DMO (Defence Materiel Organisation), responsible for the bilateral Fennek programme, has ordered the modification of 30 Fennek reconnaissance vehicles to JFST (Joint Fire Support Team) status for the German Army on behalf of the German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment (BAAINBw). The €8m contract, won by Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (a member of the German-French […]

Applause for France’s armed forces


Defence and the armed forces were only mentioned  briefly by French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe during his general policy statement before the National Assembly today (4 July). But the brevity of the remarks was countered by the cross-party and unanimous applause they drew. As a tribute to the courage of the French, Philippe declared:* “The French are […]