First 400 HK 416Fs delivered


Eight months after the notification of the AIF market, the DGA French procurement agency today received the first batch of 400 HK 416F assault rifles from Germany’s Heckler & Koch. This rifle is destined to replace the FAMAS which has been in service with the French armed forces for nearly 40 years. A quick reminder. […]

New fund for innovative start-ups


The French DGA procurement agency and Bpifrance yesterday launched an investment fund with an initial budget of €50M to support innovative SMEs and start-ups in the French defence sector, “a major issue for the sovereignty of our defence system, which is based on a strong and competitive industry,” said DGA director Laurent-Collet Billon in an […]

Barkhane’s vast clean-up operation


It was a tough weekend for the soldiers of France’s Barkhane force who were engaged in a vast operation, baptised Bayard, which “led to the neutralisation of 20 or so terrorists in the forest of Foulsaré near the border between Mali and Burkina Faso, Southwest of Gao,” according to a French Defence Ministry statement on April 30. […]

CZ-806 BREN rifle for France’s GIGN


Rifles seem to be flavour of the week as we learn that the French National Gendarmerie Intervention Group (GIGN) has ordered Česká zbrojovka (CZ) CZ-806 BREN 2 assault rifles chambered in 7.62x39mm, this calibre being chosen for the first time by French law-enforcement services to meet their requirement for higher stopping power to counter terrorists wearing bullet-proof […]

A400M stars at FAMEX 2017


The A400M military transport aircraft is expected to be the major attraction at the second edition of Mexico’s international aerospace show FAMEX (Feria Aerospacial Mexico) which today opens its doors for four days at the Military Air Base nº1 at Santa Lucía, near the town of Zumpango, a few kilometres NNW of Mexico City.       […]

NATO reflects on cyberspace – part 2


The second part of our exclusive report from the NATO TIDE Sprint meeting   Aside from the morning plenary sessions there was a large selection of round tables, one of which centred on these cyber issues. Dr Tamsin Moye, a senior scientist cybersecurity within the NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency in The Hague, highlighted […]

Slight rise in global defence spending


If there is an annual report that is impatiently awaited every year, it is the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) one on global military spending. And the figures of the 2016 edition published yesterday confirm a modest increase in global defence budgets, with an increase on 2015 of “only” 0.4% to US$1,686bn (€1,549bn), or […]

NATO reflects on cyberspace – part 1


An exclusive report from a NATO TIDE Sprint meeting in Saint-Malo   On the café terraces crowded with holidaymakers this first week of the Easter holidays, the men in darks suit and ties chatting in English were rather out of place in the bright sunshine of Saint-Malo on France’s Britanny coast. Only those with knowledge […]

France orders Griffons and Jaguars


The French DGA Procurement Agency yesterday ordered a first tranche of 319 Griffons and 20 Jaguars from the Nexter-Renault Trucks Defense-Thales trio in charge of the Scorpion programme to modernise the major equipment of the French Army.   “During the development phase, the Griffon-Jaguar workload plan represents close to 1,000 highly skilled direct jobs; there […]

Eurenco betting on hexogen


Another important step has been taken to resurrect Eurenco, a subsidiary of the SNPE group specialising in energy materials: a €100m investment has been made to provide the plant in Sorgues by the end of 2020 with a state-of-the-art Hexogen Manufacturing Unit (UFH) to replace equipment, some of which is more than 60 years old. […]