Dressed to train


The Finnish company which has developed the only CE certified full-contact training suit in the world and makes combat protective equipment for police forces and the military the world over, a few weeks ago signed an €11.2 million contract, the biggest defence contract this year in Finland, to deliver ballistic vests to the Scandinavian nation’s […]

Hearing you, clearly


Elno, the French company famous for developing the full bone conduction technology headsets that leave the ears free to hear surrounding noises, is presenting at the Milipol Show in Paris this week, its new stereophonic headset, Hoplite, which protects the wearer’s hearing by considerably reducing ambient noise but letting her nevertheless hear what she needs to. […]

An inflatable, unsinkable drone


Diodon Drone Technology is a French start-up that develops remotely piloted air systems (RPAS). The two young engineers who set it up have developed an inflatable multicopter, notably useful for search and rescue missions. The device has also drawn the interest of special forces because not only can it be contained in a small backpack, […]

Detecting and identifying radiation


SaphyRAD has nothing to do with precious stones but everything to do with detecting radiation. Developed by Bertin Instruments to replace the French armed forces’ decades-old DOM 410 and DOM DOR 309 radiation detectors, the SaphyRAD radiation survey meter will be known in France as the DOM 420. Equipped with a wider choice of more […]

U.S. to up investments in European defence


with Nathan Gain As the United States moves towards adopting a record $692bn (€587bn) defence budget, it’s interesting to note that a bigger share will be devoted to strengthening U.S. military presence in Europe. According to the draft budget approved by the House of Representatives on 14 November, Washington should allocate $4.8bn (€4.07bn) to the […]

French MoD wins fast payment prize


The French Ministry of the Armed Forces has won the 2017 Payment Deadlines Prize in the “Public organisations” category. That is to say that among the latter it is the Ministry of the Armed Forces that pays its bills the fastest … or, at least, among the fastest. This prize – in our opinion very […]

Spain saves its mountain troops


The Spanish Army’s plans to adapt its main combat units to multipurpose brigades (known in Spanish as BOP or Brigadas Orgánicas Polivalentes) is to be partially modified in order to save its mountain troops and to maintain two regiments with mountain combat capacity. The progressive restructuring and shrinking of the numbers of troops with mountain […]

Success for Thales’s EF88 rifle


Mission accomplished for the Thales F90 assault rifle, whose EF88 (Enhanced F88) variant sold to the Australian army has just completed a first operational deployment in Iraq with the soldiers of Task Group Taji 5, whose main mission is to train the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF). The “extreme” conditions of the Iraqi theatre made it […]

Turkey shows interest in Eurosam


with Nathan Gain   The Defence Ministers of France, Italy and Turkey signed an intergovernmental agreement on 8 November at NATO Headquarters in Brussels to strengthen their cooperation on air defence. This trilateral agreement will lead to the launch of a two-year feasibility study so that the parties can agree on the requirements and priorities for the possible joint […]

RTD sees a serene future


Renault Trucks Defense (RTD) is serenely facing its “stand alone” future even if CEO Emmanuel Levacher is aware of the issues he will have to deal with. For those who have not being following the saga, the issues are those awaiting the manufacturer of armoured vehicles for the defence and security sectors, now that its […]