26th October 2017

NATO’s logistics are inadequate

A lucky few may have seen some of the 89 U.S. helicopters flying over Belgium on Tuesday on their way to the Baltic States and Poland as part of NATO’s Operation Atlantic Resolve. But behind this deployment lie serious organisational and logistical gaps unveiled on October 20 by the German weekly Der Spiegel. According to […]

High-tech hall to test anti-IED systems

The German Bundeswher will soon have a new facility for the study and development of new on-board detection and protection technologies against mines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs), according to the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw). Unique in Europe, the “L-IED” will open in 2018 in BAAINBw’s Centre for […]

Small defence companies gain ground

France’s Ministry of the Armed Forces published its Yearbook of Defence Statistics on 18 October, which includes a mountain of interesting data, especially concerning the defence industry sector. Published by the Economic Defence Observatory, the report reveals that in 2016 the Ministry of the Armed Forces paid €18.2bn to its suppliers, a 1.8% rise compared […]

French start-ups and SMEs innovate

Given the French defence minister’s marked interest in innovation, it was only natural that the GICAT (Group of French Defence and Security Land and Air-Land Industries) should organise a two-day press briefing with 23 of the country’s most innovative start-ups, small and medium enterprises, and larger companies, which gathered together earlier this week to show […]

ONERA’s groundwork

One might be forgiven for thinking that the French Aerospace Lab, ONERA (Office National d’Etudes et de Recherches Aérospatiales), centres it work entirely on aerospace, as its name suggests. But Bruno Sainjon, the Lab’s CEO, is at pains to explain that the research done at the Lab, notably in the fields of optics and radar, […]

RTD stays Swedish-owned

Sweden’s Volvo Group has decided to keep its defence activities by discontinuing the process it had undertaken a year ago to sell its Governmental Sales business area which owns 100 % of France’s Renault Trucks Defense (RTD). “Our Governmental Sales operation has a positive development and a strong order book. We have previously announced our intention […]

A closer look at NATO figures

Earlier this week the United Kingdom’s General Chris Deverell, commander of joint forces command, made a speech at the annual International Concept Development and Experimentation Conference*, being hosted by the UK Ministry of Defence for the first time in 17 years, in which he tried to reassure his audience of the UK’s commitment to Defence […]

Uncertain future for Ukrainian robots

Robots, robots, robots … these are clearly the stars of the 14th Arms & Security show being held this week in Kiev, Ukraine. Ground or airborne, micro or mini, these ground robots or remotely piloted air systems (RPAS) are difficult to miss as there are so many of them on show despite the many obstacles specific […]

First operation in Niger for French A400M

A French air force A400M transport aircraft has carried out its first operational mission to Niger, carrying helicopters, freight and personnel directly from France onto a semi-prepared dirt landing strip. The mission took place over a month ago but the French Air Force publicised it only last week. On 1 September, an A400M Atlas from […]

Innovation in France’s MoD

France’s Ministry of the Armed Forces yesterday launched its innovation, transformation and modernisation strategy backed by a 2018 research and development (R&D) budget of €4.67bn of which €723m is earmarked for upstream studies. Florence Parly, the minister, has been an advocate of innovation since taking up her post last June. Visiting the ministry’s cybersecurity centre […]