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Dressed to train

The Finnish company which has developed the only CE certified full-contact training suit in the world and makes combat protective equipment for police forces and the military the world over, a few weeks ago signed an €11.2 million contract, the biggest defence contract this year in Finland, to deliver ballistic vests to the Scandinavian nation’s […]

Hearing you, clearly

Elno, the French company famous for developing the full bone conduction technology headsets that leave the ears free to hear surrounding noises, is presenting at the Milipol Show in Paris this week, its new stereophonic headset, Hoplite, which protects the wearer’s hearing by considerably reducing ambient noise but letting her nevertheless hear what she needs to. […]

An inflatable, unsinkable drone

Diodon Drone Technology is a French start-up that develops remotely piloted air systems (RPAS). The two young engineers who set it up have developed an inflatable multicopter, notably useful for search and rescue missions. The device has also drawn the interest of special forces because not only can it be contained in a small backpack, […]

Detecting and identifying radiation

SaphyRAD has nothing to do with precious stones but everything to do with detecting radiation. Developed by Bertin Instruments to replace the French armed forces’ decades-old DOM 410 and DOM DOR 309 radiation detectors, the SaphyRAD radiation survey meter will be known in France as the DOM 420. Equipped with a wider choice of more […]

U.S. to up investments in European defence

with Nathan Gain As the United States moves towards adopting a record $692bn (€587bn) defence budget, it’s interesting to note that a bigger share will be devoted to strengthening U.S. military presence in Europe. According to the draft budget approved by the House of Representatives on 14 November, Washington should allocate $4.8bn (€4.07bn) to the […]

French MoD wins fast payment prize

The French Ministry of the Armed Forces has won the 2017 Payment Deadlines Prize in the “Public organisations” category. That is to say that among the latter it is the Ministry of the Armed Forces that pays its bills the fastest … or, at least, among the fastest. This prize – in our opinion very […]

Spain saves its mountain troops

The Spanish Army’s plans to adapt its main combat units to multipurpose brigades (known in Spanish as BOP or Brigadas Orgánicas Polivalentes) is to be partially modified in order to save its mountain troops and to maintain two regiments with mountain combat capacity. The progressive restructuring and shrinking of the numbers of troops with mountain […]

Turkey shows interest in Eurosam

with Nathan Gain   The Defence Ministers of France, Italy and Turkey signed an intergovernmental agreement on 8 November at NATO Headquarters in Brussels to strengthen their cooperation on air defence. This trilateral agreement will lead to the launch of a two-year feasibility study so that the parties can agree on the requirements and priorities for the possible joint […]

RTD sees a serene future

Renault Trucks Defense (RTD) is serenely facing its “stand alone” future even if CEO Emmanuel Levacher is aware of the issues he will have to deal with. For those who have not being following the saga, the issues are those awaiting the manufacturer of armoured vehicles for the defence and security sectors, now that its […]

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 […]