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 […]

No Haw Bi without Barkhane


Highly publicised, could the “Haw Bi” (“Black Cow”) operation, the first concrete action by the G5 Sahel Joint Force (FC-G5S) (Mauritania, Niger, Chad, Burkina Faso and Mali), launched on 28 October, just be a media mirage? Because, beyond the authorities’ self-congratulation, arises the question of the African forces’ dependence on French military aid given the […]

Who is Gavin Williamson?


So who is Gavin Williamson? With no military experience, never having headed a single ministry and, for most British, a completely unknown entity … until yesterday and his surprise appointment as the UK’s Secretary of State for Defence to replace Michael Fallon, forced to resign on charges of sexual harassment.   “The United Kingdom faces rising threats in a worsening international security […]

RTD will have the means for the job


  Renault Trucks Defense (RTD) will get from Volvo the means it needs to develop after the Swedish group decided not to sell the French military vehicles manufacturer, said Joel Barre, head of the DGA procurement agency, during a hearing on October 18 by the the National Defence and Armed Forces Commission of the National Assembly. Jan Gurander, number 2 […]

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 […]

High-tech hall to test anti-IED systems


The German Bundeswher will soon have a new facility for the study and development of new on-board detection and protection technologies against mines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs), according to the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw). Unique in Europe, the “L-IED” will open in 2018 in BAAINBw’s Centre for […]

Small defence companies gain ground


France’s Ministry of the Armed Forces published its Yearbook of Defence Statistics on 18 October, which includes a mountain of interesting data, especially concerning the defence industry sector. Published by the Economic Defence Observatory, the report reveals that in 2016 the Ministry of the Armed Forces paid €18.2bn to its suppliers, a 1.8% rise compared […]

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, […]

RTD stays Swedish-owned


Sweden’s Volvo Group has decided to keep its defence activities by discontinuing the process it had undertaken a year ago to sell its Governmental Sales business area which owns 100 % of France’s Renault Trucks Defense (RTD). “Our Governmental Sales operation has a positive development and a strong order book. We have previously announced our intention […]