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Australia Confirms Hawkei

With the signature of a contract to the tune of 1.3 billion Australian Dollars (€817 million), the Australian Government confirms its decision to equip its defence forces with the Thales Hawkei.   Eric H. Biass     The contract, signed on 5 October, covers the delivery of some 1,100 vehicles and 1,000 trailers. It in […]

Spain Said to Prefer Piranha 5

According to the Spanish press, the Piranha 5 was chosen by the Spanish Ministry of Defence as the base platform for a technology demonstrator of the Spanish army’s future VCR (Vehículo de Combate sobre Ruedas) 8×8 wheeled combat vehicle. General Dynamics Santa Bárbara Sistemas (GDSBS), Indra Sistemas and SAPA Placencia will develop six prototypes based […]

Sagem Strikes Deal on Patroller in Egypt

In the event of an order placed by Egypt for the French Patroller drone, the latter is highly likely to be assembled to Egyptian specifications by the Aircraft Factory arm of the Arab Organisation for Industrialisation (a.k.a. AOI).   Eric H. Biass   The commercial and industrial co-operation agreement signed with AOI also includes system […]

France to Defend Against Cyber Attacks

At the one-day cyber-defence conference: “digital warfare at the heart of operations”, held in Paris on 24th September, French defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian revealed that French forces had suffered a cyber-attack in Afghanistan “that temporarily perturbed the links between Paris and our drones. Our teams quickly reacted and the attack was countered.” He did […]

France Strikes Libyan Training Camp

After conducting a dozen recce missions over the Euphrates region, the French Air Force has decided to bomb what intelligence has determined to be an ISIS training camp in that region.   Eric H. Biass   While aircraft directly used in the operation are said to be Dassault Rafale multiple-role aircraft, the French Presidential Elysée […]

DSEI 2015: Saft’s New Sap

French group Saft, the world leader in designing, developing and manufacturing advanced batteries for industry, does not often put forward the role it plays in the defence sector but at the recent DSEI exhibition in London its small stand revealed, for those curious enough to ask, that the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter carries a Saft […]

DSEI 2015: Thales Launches Watchkeeper X

Hanging over the Thales stand at the DSEI show in London this week was a life-sized Watchkeeper, the remotely piloted air system (RPAS) the international defence electronics group has produced for the British Army. During the show Thales announced the launch of Watchkeeper X, a core platform with a wide range of options, which was […]

Nexter Comes to DSEi with a Loud Bang – No, Two.

  In a defence world that has been depleted of genuine novelties over the past few years, the DSEi visitor will be glad to see that some companies are looking down the road and investing in heavy projects.   Eric H. Biass   An 8×8 Caesar One of these projects is the “8×8 Caesar” shown […]

Nexter Aravis in Gabon

Marking Gabon’s 55th independence anniversary in mid-August, the first five Nexter Aravis armoured vehicles delivered a few days earlier took part to the national celebrations in Libreville.   A total of twelve Aravis were ordered by Gabon in October 2014 as the nation’s commitment to the United Nations’ Minusca mission (the acronym derives from the […]

Canadian Army Goes for Renault Kerax

Canada announced today (16 July) that it has elected Renault Trucks Défence as the supplier of its new fleet of 8×8 logistic vehicles for its army to the tune of over MC$700. At stake is the delivery of 1,500 Renault Kerax trucks, of which an undisclosed number will be endowed with armoured cabins.     […]