Dassault’s Perspective on the Way Ahead on European Defense Projects

09/06/2019
By Pierre Tran, Paris European industry needs much patience as key nations have yet to agree on requirements and budgets for a planned Future Combat Air System (FCAS) and a medium-altitude, long-endurance drone, Dassault Aviation CEO Eric Trappier said Sept 4. France, Germany and Spain have yet to sign contracts for technology…

Thinking Post-Brexit: Serco Looks to Expand Footprint in the French Market

08/04/2019
By Pierre Tran Paris - Serco is seeking to break into the French defense market with offers of support services to military commanders, part of the British company’s bid to triple sales in Continental Europe in the next four years, two directors said. That drive to win French outsourcing deals…

The UK Launches its Loyal Wingman Program

07/31/2019
In our recent report on Australian and UK defence transformation, we highlighted the opportunity for the two nations to collaborate on a number of efforts, one of which is a remote platform or family of platforms to worked with manned platforms, notably in the Australian case with its loyal wingman…

Alliances and Self-Reliance: The Challenge for Defense Industry

07/31/2019
With the strategic shift, the importance of regional conflict, and of regional allies is enhanced within the overall context of full spectrum crisis management. And with it, the need for enhanced self-reliance of allies as well. But enhanced self-reliance in the context of dealing with global authoritarian challenges for the…

The UK and Sweden Agree to Enhance Their Air Combat Collaboration

07/21/2019
In what can only be seen as a logical expression of the current situation in the European defense aerospace landscape, the UK and Sweden have agreed to enhance their collaboration on evolving air combat capabilities. With the uncertainties revolving around Brexit, and past collaboration between SAAB and the UK, including…

The Coming of the Barracuda Attack Submarine to the French Navy

07/19/2019
By Pierre Tran Paris - There will be much national pride and honor when French industry hands over July 12 to the Navy the first nuclear-powered Barracuda attack submarine, a new-generation boat three years late and generating an initial loss in the contract worth €9.1 billion ($10.2 billion)  for six…

Visiting the Paris Air Show, 2019: A Retrospective

07/19/2019
By Robbin Laird The challenge of visiting a large exhibition like the Paris Air Show is a bit like the challenge of visiting the Louvre.  It is so big, and so diverse that unless you focus on some core aspects, the panorama overwhelms you. You come away with a blur…