Focus and Analysis

CMI playing the French card for RTD

Perhaps it is just coincidence but CMI, a 200-year old Belgian company hoping to buy Renault Trucks Defense (RTD) from Volvo, today organised a big event on its new Cockerill Campus in Commercy, eastern France, that looked for all the world like an exercise in lobbying. Attended by members of the defence commissions of both […]

Fighting face-to-face

“A dog of war / diplomat / experienced technician / built like an athlete / well-bred and polite in all circumstances.” This description of today’s French infantryman was given on 16 March by Lt-General Eric Margail, army inspector, in a speech at the symposium organized in Paris by the Draguignan Infantry College. He regretted, however, […]

RAMBO and the U.S. Army

What soldier has never dreamed of having RAMBO as a combat companion? This could soon be a reality thanks to U.S. Army researchers, whose 40mm RAMBO grenade launcher, made using additive manufacturing (commonly known as 3D printing), has just fired the first ammunition produced the same way. This is a world first, which confirms the relevance of […]

Re-thinking the French soldier’s social services

Pauperisation, problems finding a civilian job, an explosive rise in the number of divorces… the intensity of recent operations is now putting military personnel under new pressures and these require a different sort of social accompaniment. “An army in times of peace does not require the same social support as a fighting army,” remarks Geneviève […]

And what if France becomes NATO’s no.2 (update)

Errors, notably concerning the organisation of NATO’s military committee, unfortunately slipped into the article we published on 11 January. This update adds corrective details supplied to us by a senior source in the Alliance.   Well here’s a rather unexpected consequence of Brexit: the United Kingdom could lose its traditional NATO number 2 slot, replaced […]

ShieldAfrica for the continent’s new ambitions

“It is vital for us to reflect on the ways and means of protecting our continent from destabilisation and to ensure that our respective countries can develop in a secure environment,” declared Alain-Richard Donwahi, defence minister of the Côte d’Ivoire, during a conference prior to the ShieldAfrica show held from 24 to 26 January at […]

Libyan weapon stockpile fueling Sahel conflict

Weapons have been found in six countries in Africa and the Middle East that “certainly, or very probably, originated in Libyan stockpiles,” according to research published by an arms monitoring group last month, which said a “particularly unexpected finding” of its investigation was “the prevalence of Ivorian-origin small arms across the region.” Conflict Armament Research (CAR), […]

MMP: an operational revolution

The article below is a summary of an article written in French by Jacques Doumic and Vincent Guibout published in the armament engineers magazine n° 109 (  The Milan, with its 2,000m range, was fully satisfactory for many years based on its simple characteristics: efficient against tanks, guided by alignment, the shooter positioning his line of […]

Who’s that speaking?

A “Mummy, look!” or “Daddy, watch!” shouted from the playground will only turn the head of the parent to whom the call was addressed as the other adults instantly disregard it, having recognised that the voice did not belong to their own child. Spanish company Agnitio, has developed a machine that will do the same thing as […]

CONTACT at the heart of collaborative combat

The article below is a summary of an article written in French by Laurent Morin and  Christophe Groshenry published in the armament engineers magazine n° 109 ( Are you familiar with Slack? Probably if you are a geek at heart or if you’re under 20. It’s the collaborative tool of the Facebook and Twitter generation. Slack offers […]