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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 […]

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 […]

Macron on Defence Europe

“At the beginning of the next decade Europe will have to have a joint intervention force, a common defence budget and a common doctrine.” The French head of state, Emmanuel Macron, could not have given a clearer vision of Defence Europe than he did in a 90-minute speech delivered yesterday at the University of La Sorbonne […]

An Albatros for the Caribbean

France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom have decided to launch a joint operation called Albatros, which, through the creation of a tripartite military structure, will respond to the need to intensify international coordination to supply aid to those in the Caribbean affected by the series of hurricanes which have caused considerable damage over a […]

Ready for the Invictus Games

It was with laughter and in good humour that 30 wounded soldiers, veterans and civilians of the French Ministry of the Armed Forces underwent their last training session today at the National Centre for Defence Sports (CNSD) in Fontainebleau (60km south of Paris) before flying out to Toronto tomorrow for the 3rd Invictus Games from […]