Darrieusecq to handle national service

The new Minister of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly, after meeting with the Army and the Navy, and before meeting the Air Force (which she should have done at Mont-de-Marsan today but the Budget kept her in Paris) yesterday undertook the perilous exercise of meeting with the media. Amongst the things she said, we found two of […]

French defence exports drop to €14bn

The French Armed Forces Ministry on 7 July published its 2017 report to Parliament on arms exports, which, we would like to remind our readers, are prohibited by French law unless they are authorised by the state and “under its control.” With €14bn of orders in 2016, the figure is below the €20bn forecast in February by […]

EAGLE for Denmark

The Royal Danish Army’s new 4×4 patrol vehicle will be the Eagle V produced by General Dynamics European Land System Mowag. First deliveries of the initial batch of 36 vehicles in the patrol configuration will be in 2018. The contract has options for further variants including electronic warfare, support and reconnaissance. The vehicles will complement […]

Polynesian Legionnaires sought

A campaign vehicle, a new Twitter account, a revamped website … the Foreign Legion’s operation “seduction” is in full swing. And it is now expanding 15,000 km away from mainland France by opening a recruitment office in French Polynesia in the hopes of creating vocations amongst the inhabitants of the 118 Polynesian islands and, above […]

Germany upgrades Fennek, Boxer

The Dutch DMO (Defence Materiel Organisation), responsible for the bilateral Fennek programme, has ordered the modification of 30 Fennek reconnaissance vehicles to JFST (Joint Fire Support Team) status for the German Army on behalf of the German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment (BAAINBw). The €8m contract, won by Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (a member of the German-French […]

Applause for France’s armed forces

Defence and the armed forces were only mentioned  briefly by French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe during his general policy statement before the National Assembly today (4 July). But the brevity of the remarks was countered by the cross-party and unanimous applause they drew. As a tribute to the courage of the French, Philippe declared:* “The French are […]

LTTVs approved for Belgium

The least that can be said is that Belgian Minister of Defence Steven Vandeput is actively pushing forward his programme to modernise the Belgian armed forces. Following the official launch of the “Belgian Scorpion” (the Belgian version of the French Scorpion army modernisation programme), Vandeput gained approval on 30 June from the Council of Ministers for […]

Paris transport police to carry arms

This is one of the direct consequences of the decree passed in September 2016 on the safety of public transport: the Paris transport authority RATP may spent €1.7m to procure 1,200 9mm semi-automatic weapons and related ammunition to enable its security agents to patrol armed throughout the Parisian transport network. In a notice published on […]

Bridey heads new defence commission

Unsurprisingly, Jean-Jacques Bridey, the LREM parliamentarian from Val-de-Marne, was unanimously elected chairman of the French National Assembly’s National Defence and Armed Forces Commission. Bridey, one of the rare survivors of the XIVth legislature, succeeds Patricia Adam (PS), eliminated in the first round of the legislative elections. This seasoned politician, a member of the Defence Commission […]

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 […]