19th October 2017

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 […]

Focus on France’s National Guard

National Guard? Reserve? What’s the difference? After a breakfast this morning with Major-General Gaëtan Poncelin de Raucourt, Secretary General of France’s National Guard, FOB can enlighten you, and this a few days before the force’s 1st anniversary. Officially created on 13 October 2016 it has the threefold objective of strengthening the armed forces, the national police […]

Future of Germany’s foreign missions?

Without a new coalition, Germany’s military operations abroad could find themselves with no formal mandate by January … unless the current government persuades the newly elected Bundestag to extend these operations for three months without modifying their scope. This is one of the unexpected consequences of the crisis created by the result of Germany’s federal […]