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Success for Thales’s EF88 rifle

Mission accomplished for the Thales F90 assault rifle, whose EF88 (Enhanced F88) variant sold to the Australian army has just completed a first operational deployment in Iraq with the soldiers of Task Group Taji 5, whose main mission is to train the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF). The “extreme” conditions of the Iraqi theatre made it […]

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 […]

NATO’s logistics are inadequate

A lucky few may have seen some of the 89 U.S. helicopters flying over Belgium on Tuesday on their way to the Baltic States and Poland as part of NATO’s Operation Atlantic Resolve. But behind this deployment lie serious organisational and logistical gaps unveiled on October 20 by the German weekly Der Spiegel. According to […]

High-tech hall to test anti-IED systems

The German Bundeswher will soon have a new facility for the study and development of new on-board detection and protection technologies against mines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs), according to the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw). Unique in Europe, the “L-IED” will open in 2018 in BAAINBw’s Centre for […]

Small defence companies gain ground

France’s Ministry of the Armed Forces published its Yearbook of Defence Statistics on 18 October, which includes a mountain of interesting data, especially concerning the defence industry sector. Published by the Economic Defence Observatory, the report reveals that in 2016 the Ministry of the Armed Forces paid €18.2bn to its suppliers, a 1.8% rise compared […]

Uncertain future for Ukrainian robots

Robots, robots, robots … these are clearly the stars of the 14th Arms & Security show being held this week in Kiev, Ukraine. Ground or airborne, micro or mini, these ground robots or remotely piloted air systems (RPAS) are difficult to miss as there are so many of them on show despite the many obstacles specific […]

Future of Germany’s foreign missions?

Without a new coalition, Germany’s military operations abroad could find themselves with no formal mandate by January … unless the current government persuades the newly elected Bundestag to extend these operations for three months without modifying their scope. This is one of the unexpected consequences of the crisis created by the result of Germany’s federal […]

Nuancing the French defence budget

with Christina Mackenzie “Redressing the defence effort of our country” is the motto of the French Defence Budget 2018 presented on 27 September by Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly. The budget, unveiled in broad terms by President Emmanuel Macron on 13 September, will rise by €1.8bn to €34.2bn (excluding pensions) in 2018, an […]