“Explosive Weapon Effect” report published


A research report which seeks to describe and explain key types of explosive weapons and their destructive effects on humans and structures was published earlier this month by the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD). The aim of this research is to contribute to the ongoing discussions on explosive weapons in populated areas, intended […]

Epsilon One for Middle-Eastern client


Safran Electronics & Defense and its Middle Eastern Partner, International Golden Group announced today that they had signed a contract for the supply of Epsilon One inertial ground navigation systems and technical integration services for an initial batch to outfit a first armoured brigade of a Middle-Eastern country. Connected to a battle management system, Epsilon […]

New contract for ECA Group


Pens are going to run out of ink if the rate of contract signatures at the IDEX 2017 show being held this week in Abu Dhabi continue at this pace. Amongst those signing contracts today was ECA Group which penned a new contract with a Middle Eastern client to deliver military vehicle simulators (MVS) for three additional schools. […]

And 18 for CAESAR!


Nexter, part of the KNDS group, has signed a contract at the IDEX 2017 show being held this week in Abu Dhabi for the sale to Indonesia of 18 more CAESAR self-propelled howitzer systems. The contract follows an initial one signed in 2012 for  36 CAESARs. In addition to its artillery system, Nexter will also supply […]

CMI Défense partners with RTD


with Nathan Gain in Abu Dhabi   Belgian company CMI Défence not only told us that it was indeed interested in buying Renault Trucks Défense (RTD), put up for sale by current owner Volvo Governmental Sales (as we recount here), but at the IDEX show being held this week in Abu Dhabi it unveiled a concrete example of […]

NATO strengthens its southern flank


“NATO faces challenges which are more complex than at any time since the end of the Cold War and the Alliance is responding. Countering threats stemming from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is an essential part of that response.” It was in these terms that NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced the creation of a […]

HK 416F tested by the DICoD


So, the French army has fired the first rounds with the HK 416F during a demonstration organised for the benefit of the Ministry of Defence’s information and communication department (DICoD ). Selected in September 2016 to replace the 400,000 FAMAS F1 and G1 assault rifles used in the three components of the French forces, the HK 416F proved to […]

Germany and Holland pool air defence


Germany and the Netherlands have agreed to further deepen defence cooperation this year by putting a German short-range air defence unit under Dutch command, a source familiar with the plans told Reuters on 10 February.     The agreement is that the German air defence unit will be put under the control of the Dutch air defence command […]

British Army to lose almost 18,000 staff


The British Army will lose at least 17,950 staff between now and spring 2018 according to a document published on 8 February by the Ministry of Defence. Entitled “Ministry of Defence Vote A”, this key document outlines the maximum number of personnel engaged in the UK’s Armed Forces up to 31 March 2018. It needs to be approved by Parliament which […]

New Special Forces vehicle delivered


France’s special forces received the first of 25 heavyweight tactical vehicles on 1 February, a couple of months late as they should initially have been delivered before the end of 2016 according to the terms of a contract signed by the DGA procurement agency with Renault Trucks Defense (RTD) on 30 December 2015 (see the […]