24th August 2017

German MANTIS for Mali

The German military plans to deploy in November its Modular, Automatic and Network capable Targeting and Interception System (MANTIS) counter-rocket, artillery and mortar defence (C-RAM) system to Mali in the “sense and warn” configuration, without 35 mm guns, to deal with the increasing threat of rockets and mortars. Nächstbereichschutzsystem MANTIS was developed by Rheinmetall Air Defence […]

Making spares in the field

Waiting for spare parts may no longer be an issue for the U.S. Marine Corps thanks to the experimental X-FAB (expeditionary fabrication) facility which is a self-contained, transportable additive manufacturing lab that will make quick work of replacement and repair part fabrication. Deployable with battalion-level Marine maintenance units, the 20×20ft (6×6m) shelter is collapsible for […]

Romania shops for weapons in U.S.

The U.S. State Department has approved a possible sale worth $1.25bn (€1.06bn) to Romania for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) and related support and equipment on the grounds that Romania “continues to be an important force for political stability and economic progress within Europe” and that the “proposed sale of the HIMARS system will […]

Threat to HK 416 production rate?

Could the US Marine Corps (USMC) choice of the HK 416 assault rifle to replace its M4 and M16A4 threaten the smooth delivery of this gun to the French armed forces? In a press release dated 11 August, the USMC announced that it had begun exclusive discussions with German manufacturer Heckler & Koch (HK) for […]

Busy days for Turkey’s vehicle manufacturers

Turkey’s procurement agency, the Undersecretariat for defence Industries (SSM), has decided to move forwards with a programme to locally produce 27 armoured amphibious assault vehicles. FNSS, the Turkish armoured vehicles producer (owned 51% by Nurol Holding of Turkey and 49% by BAE Systems) tasked with designing, developing and manufacturing the vehicles, held a “successful” review […]

New NATO centre gears up

The new NATO Strategic Direction South Hub (NSD-S Hub), under the roof and lead of the southern Italy-based Allied Joint Force Command (JFC) Naples, is gearing up for its grand opening on 5 September. Focussing on southern regions including the Middle East, North Africa and Sahel, sub-Saharan Africa and adjacent areas, waters and airspace, the […]

Barre at the helm of the DGA

Joël Barre was appointed as the new director of France’s DGA procurement agency today by the President of the Republic following the proposal of the Minister of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly. “This decision is the result of a rigorous selection process, carried out by a committee including personalities outside the Ministry of the Armed […]

Bye-bye Lynx

Belgian Defence yesterday (7 August) launched the procedure to replace the 437 Lynx Light Multirole Vehicles acquired from Italy’s Iveco in 2007, de facto and in under two months completing the modernisation of almost all its fleet of military vehicles. This new project involves the purchase of “approximately” 440 identical command and liaison vehicles (CLVs) […]

Germans squabble over budget

Describing the level of military spending required by NATO members as “unrealistic”, Martin Schulz, leader of the German Social Democratic Party (SDP), and Thomas Oppermann, who heads the SDP in the Bundestag, issued a “clear no” yesterday to the “Trump and CDU/CSU” objective of 2% of GDP spent on defence. In an article published by the media […]