Christina Mackenzie

Meeting French Army’s Equipment Needs 
Charles Beaudouin, head of the French army’s procurement arm STAT, focuses on getting what soldiers need when they need it, and not waiting until the technology is most advanced.
England, France Pursue Naval Rearmament 
London and Paris will continue their cooperation on the development of advanced naval weapons for air, surface and undersea deployment.
New French Equipment Designed For Air Drop 
Bulldozer, all-terrain vehicle built by UNAC will continue French innovative tradition.
Mobile Lab Investigates IED Blasts 
Specialists can now analyze IED blasts and, possibly, identify bomb builders with a new mobile lab.
New French Combat Vehicles On Track To Save Defense Dollars 
French army mandates low lifecycle costs for its new fleet of army vehicles, with maintenance ease also in mind.
European Manufacturers Decommission Weapons At ‘Green’ Plants 
Environmentally friendly plants in France and Italy destroy outdated munitions and guard their technology, while conforming to European health regulations.
Dassault’s Future As Seen By The Man At The Top 
Dassault is having a great 2015 when it comes to exports of its signature Rafale fighter. Next year may be even better, says CEO Eric Trappier.
First Person Gen. Denis Mercier 
French air force Chief Gen. Denis Mercier is leading the service through sweeping changes including many that will affect the aircraft it deploys.
Cheap Oil Does Not Deter Middle East Procurement 
Oil prices are not yet having an impact on Middle Eastern states, although that could change if the decline lasts for years.
Navies Promote Small Warship Tech Upgrades 

As the U.S. Navy struggles to define a new variant of its Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), a smaller, better-armed, multi-role warship is in production. Analysts expect 50-60 of these to be built, while the LCS fleet has been cut to 32 from 52 pending approval of the modified version. Unfortunately for the U.S. Navy, the new and smaller vessel is Chinese. 

Europe: Who’s Responding To Russia, Who’s Not 
Russia’s actions provoke defense rethink
Ukraine Conflict Could Affect Buying at Eurosatory 

The tensions between Ukraine and Russia are expected to loom large in conversations and buying decisions at Eurosatory 2014 in Paris next month (June 16-20). Countries that have a common border with Russia may well be paying special attention to land-defense assets, such as tanks and missiles. 

Delays And Cost Challenges Beset Airborne ASW 


The U.S. Navy’s Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol and antisubmarine warfare (ASW) aircraft made the headlines in March when aircraft of patrol squadron VP-16, deployed to Kadena AB in Okinawa, supported the search for the vanished Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. But although the P-8A is the largest and most costly aircraft ever built for ASW, its ability to detect submarines at long range is inferior to that of the P-3C Orion, which it is intended to replace.

MBDA Veep Tracks Ballistic Missile Threats 

One of the rare women executives in the male-dominated business of missiles, Veronique Cham-Meilhac, vice president of ballistic missile defense at MBDA, sees her job primarily as protecting people. A frequent speaker at conferences and seminars, she explains this complex subject in straightforward terms, as she did recently for European Defense Editor Christina Mackenzie.

Veronique Cham-Meilhac

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