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French industry eldorado: Belgium

Nearly €9.2bn invested in major equipment by 2030, including a record contract for 500 “Made in France” vehicles: has Belgium fired an opportunistic “single shot” or lain the foundation stone of a partnership? France, engaged in a complete overhaul of its military ground tools, is regularly cited as an example by the “Strategic Vision” of […]

Delair-Tech joins UGAP catalogue

Good news for Toulouse-based drone manufacturer Delair-Tech: its DT18 and DT26X mini-drones are now part of the catalogue of France’s Union of public purchasing groups (UGAP). Delair-Tech is the second drone manufacturer, after Novadem, to join this catalogue of 300,000 references. And the cherry on the cake was a first order less than a week […]

An anti-land mine drone

Massoud Hassani knows about land mines all too well. A designer born in Afghanistan but settled for the past 20 years in the Netherlands, Hassani has been searching for a decade for “the” solution by surfing the wave of cheap mini remotely piloted air systems (RPAS). His latest project, the Mine Kafon Drone (MKD), is […]

Details on Belgian Jaguars/Griffons

No, this is not some kind of Belgian joke: the Council of Ministers today approved a proposal by Belgian Defence Minister Steven Vandeput to purchase 60 Jaguar reconnaissance and combat armoured vehicles and 417 Griffon multi-role armoured vehicles for a total €1.1bn. “This is the largest investment programme for land forces announced in the minister’s […]

Fusiliers first to get HK 416Fs

The 1st Fusiliers regiment (1st RTir) yesterday became the first unit of the French Army to officially receive a batch of 150 HK 416F assault rifles produced by German manufacturer Heckler & Koch. “The first always the first!”, is the regiment’s motto and proved the error of forecasts by former Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, […]

Senators call for new MPL by 2018

France’s defence budget needs an additional €2bn a year for five years, according to a bipartisan report published this morning by Senators Jean-Pierre Raffarin (Les Républicains) and Daniel Reinier (PS) of the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Armed Forces Committee. And the two senators propose that the best way to reach this objective is through […]

Second life for VAB HOTs

A first batch of five VAB HOT anti-tank vehicles was handed over to the Lebanese Army by France on 30 May to begin a second life in the service of the fight against Daesh. This donation confirms the reinforcement of French military support  to Lebanon, backed up by an exceptional €15M aid package announced in April […]

Newly optimistic Portuguese army

In the image of Portugal which is enjoying a return to firm growth, its army is showing signs of new optimism and is beginning to invest again. The latest example was the launch on 5 June of procurements worth €75M for new air defence systems and light weapons, part of the overall budget of €250M earmarked by Lisbon to spend […]

NeTHIS, seeing through matter

Seeing through matter … a dream long the realm of science fiction but, since 2009, perfectly mastered by French company NeTHIS (New Terahertz Imaging Systems). Combining multi-spectral infrared and terahertz vision systems, the eponymous camera of this start up in Bordeaux has drawn the attention of the French military, the comapny’s CEO, Jean-Pascal Caumes, revealed […]

Thales’s Ground Fire radar concept

A new member may join the large family of Thales air defence radars. While Ground Fire is still only at the concept stage, Thales has confirmed that it has initiated discussions with the French Ministry of Armed Forces in order to determine its potential interest and uses. Unveiled on May 31 during a press trip, […]