Senators call for new MPL by 2018


France’s defence budget needs an additional €2bn a year for five years, according to a bipartisan report published this morning by Senators Jean-Pierre Raffarin (Les Républicains) and Daniel Reinier (PS) of the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Armed Forces Committee. And the two senators propose that the best way to reach this objective is through […]

Second life for VAB HOTs


A first batch of five VAB HOT anti-tank vehicles was handed over to the Lebanese Army by France on 30 May to begin a second life in the service of the fight against Daesh. This donation confirms the reinforcement of French military support  to Lebanon, backed up by an exceptional €15M aid package announced in April […]

Newly optimistic Portuguese army


In the image of Portugal which is enjoying a return to firm growth, its army is showing signs of new optimism and is beginning to invest again. The latest example was the launch on 5 June of procurements worth €75M for new air defence systems and light weapons, part of the overall budget of €250M earmarked by Lisbon to spend […]

HELPER, the life-saving drone


A life-saving drone? The HELPER (Human Environment and Life Protection Emergency Response) Drone is not science fiction but the brainchild of Dr Fabien Farge and brothers Anthony and David Gavend that was tested last summer in Biscarosse on France’s Atlantic coast. Rented for a symbolic euro by the Biscarosse municipality, responsible like all other French […]

NeTHIS, seeing through matter


Seeing through matter … a dream long the realm of science fiction but, since 2009, perfectly mastered by French company NeTHIS (New Terahertz Imaging Systems). Combining multi-spectral infrared and terahertz vision systems, the eponymous camera of this start up in Bordeaux has drawn the attention of the French military, the comapny’s CEO, Jean-Pascal Caumes, revealed […]

Thales’s Ground Fire radar concept


A new member may join the large family of Thales air defence radars. While Ground Fire is still only at the concept stage, Thales has confirmed that it has initiated discussions with the French Ministry of Armed Forces in order to determine its potential interest and uses. Unveiled on May 31 during a press trip, […]

Poland unveils defence white paper


“The magnitude of the threats resulting from Russia’s aggressive policy has not been adequately assessed in the past.” It is with these terms that Polish Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz justified the publication on 23 May of the “Concept of Defence of the Republic of Poland” which defines a framework for the Polish army for the […]

Germany’s A400M gets its DASS


Here is a video released today by the German army showing the Defensive Aids Sub System now installed on its A400M military transport aircraft.

LP Trueno Franco-Spanish exercise


The LP Trueno joint Spanish/French paratroop exercise which involved 2,300 soldiers backed up by helicopters and hundreds of vehicles, including the Centauro armoured vehicle and the CAESAR self-propelled gun, ended last week at the San Gregorio training ground (CENAD – Centro Nacional de Adiestramiento) in the northern Spanish city of Zaragoza. The Spanish soldiers came from […]

Danish CAESAR contract signed


The Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation (DALO) on 22 May awarded a contract to Nexter, the French land defence systems manufacturer, for the supply of 15 (plus an optional six) 8×8 CAESAR artillery systems for the Danish Army.   Major General Hans Christian Mathiesen, Chief of Staff of the Danish Army, had announced the […]