An Albatros for the Caribbean


France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom have decided to launch a joint operation called Albatros, which, through the creation of a tripartite military structure, will respond to the need to intensify international coordination to supply aid to those in the Caribbean affected by the series of hurricanes which have caused considerable damage over a […]

Peach gets top NATO job


For the first time in 25 years, NATO’s highest military body will be chaired by a Briton. At the end of a long election campaign, Air Chief Marshal Stuart Peach was elected on 16 September by the Alliance’s Chiefs of Staff to replace Czech General Petr Pavel as Chairman of the Military Committee. So that […]

Ready for the Invictus Games


It was with laughter and in good humour that 30 wounded soldiers, veterans and civilians of the French Ministry of the Armed Forces underwent their last training session today at the National Centre for Defence Sports (CNSD) in Fontainebleau (60km south of Paris) before flying out to Toronto tomorrow for the 3rd Invictus Games from […]

Sentinelle changes tack


While yet another French soldier on patrol with the Sentinelle Operation was attacked this morning in central Paris, (fortunately he was uninjured), the new modus operandi of Sentinelle presented yesterday by the Minister of the Armed Forces and the Minister of the Interior should make the soldiers on patrol less liable to this type of aggression. […]

An APC version of the VBCI


The Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV) programme, which is being fiercely disputed behind the scenes at the DSEi show being held this week in London, aims to provide a new 8×8 armoured vehicle to the British Army, and has in three years become one of the most promising export markets for French manufacturer Nexter with its […]

Thales new assault rifle: the F90MBR


Thales today unveiled at London’s DSEI (Defence and Security Equipment International) show, a new generation ambidextrous and NATO interoperable military assault rifle, the F90MBR – Modular Bullpup Rifle, developed by its Australian branch, Thales Australia. The F90MBR is the new generation of the F90 Assault Rifle, currently in service with the Australian Defence Force. Chris […]

German MANTIS for Mali


The German military plans to deploy in November its Modular, Automatic and Network capable Targeting and Interception System (MANTIS) counter-rocket, artillery and mortar defence (C-RAM) system to Mali in the “sense and warn” configuration, without 35 mm guns, to deal with the increasing threat of rockets and mortars. Nächstbereichschutzsystem MANTIS was developed by Rheinmetall Air Defence […]

Making spares in the field


Waiting for spare parts may no longer be an issue for the U.S. Marine Corps thanks to the experimental X-FAB (expeditionary fabrication) facility which is a self-contained, transportable additive manufacturing lab that will make quick work of replacement and repair part fabrication. Deployable with battalion-level Marine maintenance units, the 20×20ft (6×6m) shelter is collapsible for […]

Romania shops for weapons in U.S.


The U.S. State Department has approved a possible sale worth $1.25bn (€1.06bn) to Romania for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) and related support and equipment on the grounds that Romania “continues to be an important force for political stability and economic progress within Europe” and that the “proposed sale of the HIMARS system will […]

Threat to HK 416 production rate?


Could the US Marine Corps (USMC) choice of the HK 416 assault rifle to replace its M4 and M16A4 threaten the smooth delivery of this gun to the French armed forces? In a press release dated 11 August, the USMC announced that it had begun exclusive discussions with German manufacturer Heckler & Koch (HK) for […]