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Sentinelle changes tack


While yet another French soldier on patrol with the Sentinelle Operation was attacked this morning in central Paris, (fortunately he was uninjured), the new modus operandi of Sentinelle presented yesterday by the Minister of the Armed Forces and the Minister of the Interior should make the soldiers on patrol less liable to this type of aggression. […]

Thales new assault rifle: the F90MBR


Thales today unveiled at London’s DSEI (Defence and Security Equipment International) show, a new generation ambidextrous and NATO interoperable military assault rifle, the F90MBR – Modular Bullpup Rifle, developed by its Australian branch, Thales Australia. The F90MBR is the new generation of the F90 Assault Rifle, currently in service with the Australian Defence Force. Chris […]

German MANTIS for Mali


The German military plans to deploy in November its Modular, Automatic and Network capable Targeting and Interception System (MANTIS) counter-rocket, artillery and mortar defence (C-RAM) system to Mali in the “sense and warn” configuration, without 35 mm guns, to deal with the increasing threat of rockets and mortars. Nächstbereichschutzsystem MANTIS was developed by Rheinmetall Air Defence […]

Making spares in the field


Waiting for spare parts may no longer be an issue for the U.S. Marine Corps thanks to the experimental X-FAB (expeditionary fabrication) facility which is a self-contained, transportable additive manufacturing lab that will make quick work of replacement and repair part fabrication. Deployable with battalion-level Marine maintenance units, the 20×20ft (6×6m) shelter is collapsible for […]

Romania shops for weapons in U.S.


The U.S. State Department has approved a possible sale worth $1.25bn (€1.06bn) to Romania for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) and related support and equipment on the grounds that Romania “continues to be an important force for political stability and economic progress within Europe” and that the “proposed sale of the HIMARS system will […]

Threat to HK 416 production rate?


Could the US Marine Corps (USMC) choice of the HK 416 assault rifle to replace its M4 and M16A4 threaten the smooth delivery of this gun to the French armed forces? In a press release dated 11 August, the USMC announced that it had begun exclusive discussions with German manufacturer Heckler & Koch (HK) for […]

Busy days for Turkey’s vehicle manufacturers


Turkey’s procurement agency, the Undersecretariat for defence Industries (SSM), has decided to move forwards with a programme to locally produce 27 armoured amphibious assault vehicles. FNSS, the Turkish armoured vehicles producer (owned 51% by Nurol Holding of Turkey and 49% by BAE Systems) tasked with designing, developing and manufacturing the vehicles, held a “successful” review […]

New NATO centre gears up


The new NATO Strategic Direction South Hub (NSD-S Hub), under the roof and lead of the southern Italy-based Allied Joint Force Command (JFC) Naples, is gearing up for its grand opening on 5 September. Focussing on southern regions including the Middle East, North Africa and Sahel, sub-Saharan Africa and adjacent areas, waters and airspace, the […]

Barre at the helm of the DGA


Joël Barre was appointed as the new director of France’s DGA procurement agency today by the President of the Republic following the proposal of the Minister of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly. “This decision is the result of a rigorous selection process, carried out by a committee including personalities outside the Ministry of the Armed […]

Darrieusecq to handle national service


The new Minister of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly, after meeting with the Army and the Navy, and before meeting the Air Force (which she should have done at Mont-de-Marsan today but the Budget kept her in Paris) yesterday undertook the perilous exercise of meeting with the media. Amongst the things she said, we found two of […]