Busy days for Turkey’s vehicle manufacturers

Turkey’s procurement agency, the Undersecretariat for defence Industries (SSM), has decided to move forwards with a programme to locally produce 27 armoured amphibious assault vehicles. FNSS, the Turkish armoured vehicles producer (owned 51% by Nurol Holding of Turkey and 49% by BAE Systems) tasked with designing, developing and manufacturing the vehicles, held a “successful” review […]

New NATO centre gears up

The new NATO Strategic Direction South Hub (NSD-S Hub), under the roof and lead of the southern Italy-based Allied Joint Force Command (JFC) Naples, is gearing up for its grand opening on 5 September. Focussing on southern regions including the Middle East, North Africa and Sahel, sub-Saharan Africa and adjacent areas, waters and airspace, the […]

Barre at the helm of the DGA

Joël Barre was appointed as the new director of France’s DGA procurement agency today by the President of the Republic following the proposal of the Minister of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly. “This decision is the result of a rigorous selection process, carried out by a committee including personalities outside the Ministry of the Armed […]

Bye-bye Lynx

Belgian Defence yesterday (7 August) launched the procedure to replace the 437 Lynx Light Multirole Vehicles acquired from Italy’s Iveco in 2007, de facto and in under two months completing the modernisation of almost all its fleet of military vehicles. This new project involves the purchase of “approximately” 440 identical command and liaison vehicles (CLVs) […]

Germans squabble over budget

Describing the level of military spending required by NATO members as “unrealistic”, Martin Schulz, leader of the German Social Democratic Party (SDP), and Thomas Oppermann, who heads the SDP in the Bundestag, issued a “clear no” yesterday to the “Trump and CDU/CSU” objective of 2% of GDP spent on defence. In an article published by the media […]

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 […]