7th November 2017

Accelerate Scorpion or upgrade VAB?

Doubling the production rate of the Griffon vehicle, developed as part of the Scorpion modernisation programme for the French Army, would only cause an annual additional cost of €27m. Or so believes the MP with the presidential majority La République en Marche (LREM), Thomas Gassilloud, rapporteur for the credits allocated to the land forces within the […]

No Haw Bi without Barkhane

Highly publicised, could the “Haw Bi” (“Black Cow”) operation, the first concrete action by the G5 Sahel Joint Force (FC-G5S) (Mauritania, Niger, Chad, Burkina Faso and Mali), launched on 28 October, just be a media mirage? Because, beyond the authorities’ self-congratulation, arises the question of the African forces’ dependence on French military aid given the […]

Who is Gavin Williamson?

So who is Gavin Williamson? With no military experience, never having headed a single ministry and, for most British, a completely unknown entity … until yesterday and his surprise appointment as the UK’s Secretary of State for Defence to replace Michael Fallon, forced to resign on charges of sexual harassment.   “The United Kingdom faces rising threats in a worsening international security […]

RTD will have the means for the job

  Renault Trucks Defense (RTD) will get from Volvo the means it needs to develop after the Swedish group decided not to sell the French military vehicles manufacturer, said Joel Barre, head of the DGA procurement agency, during a hearing on October 18 by the the National Defence and Armed Forces Commission of the National Assembly. Jan Gurander, number 2 […]