Focus and Analysis

U.S. to up investments in European defence

with Nathan Gain As the United States moves towards adopting a record $692bn (€587bn) defence budget, it’s interesting to note that a bigger share will be devoted to strengthening U.S. military presence in Europe. According to the draft budget approved by the House of Representatives on 14 November, Washington should allocate $4.8bn (€4.07bn) to the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]