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MBDA Confident of the Future

By David Oliver

“2016 has been a pivotal year”, said Antoine Bouvier, MBDA’s CEO at a London press conference on 15 March. “Today’s successes will build the MBDA of tomorrow – a company with a rejuvenated workforce, an industry that is more flexibly organised across Europe and prospects that are buoyed up by our fattest order books ever. This is a company that is creating ever-tighter links with its export countries and with the allies of our home countries. It is an MBDA that is increasing critical mass year on year to ensure our European clients have the continued access they require to sovereign technologies that provide military superiority.”

ASRAAM has been successfully fired from a F-35 JSF.

MBDA records continued growth and more recruitment in 2017

By J. Roukoz

During a recent press conference held in Paris on 15 April 2017, Antoine Bouvier, CEO of MBDA, announced that 2016 for the fourth consecutive year his company’s order book significantly exceeded sales in value terms as new orders rose to EUR4.7 billion against sales of EUR3.0 billion. The value of the order book jumped again to EUR15.9 billion at 31 December 2016, giving an excellent outlook for the next five years.

2017 Key figures over four years


First introduction of the CZ P-10 C and CZ BREN 2 in the Middle East

Between 19th and 23rd February 2017, Česká zbrojovka a.s. and its sister company 4M Systems s.r.o. took part in the 16th IDEX exhibition in the United Arab Emirates. It was the first time in the Middle East that the most important Czech manufacturer of small firearms introduced its new CZ P-10 C pistol with a linear striker and the CZ BREN 2, a new generation assault rifle.

Stand of CZ in IDEX 2017


IDEX/NAVDEX 2017 : another great venue for military exhibits

By Jean-Michel Guhl

As IDEX 17 in Abu Dhabi has closed its doors and February is now behind us, it is interesting to sum up a few impressions of this military and naval show which certainly remains the best in the Middle-East region. And one that is attended by the world industry’s main players, even if some like Iran or Israel are debarred from participating to this biennial event due to the strong public ostracism placed on them by the Arab countries for obvious political reasons.

IDEX-NAVDEX 2017 grand opening was celebrated with the Al Fursan UAE AF aerobatic team trailing the country’s national colours in the Abu Dhabi air, just as UAES Al Hili, the sixth Baynunah-class corvette (a French CMN design), reached her mooring place near ADNEC. © J.-M. Guhl / EDR


Aero India 2017

By Joseph Roukoz

The Defence Minister of India Manohar Parrikar and Ashok Gagapathi Raju jointly inaugurated the 11th edition of the biannual international Aerospace and Defence exhibition very well organised this time « Aero-India » which got off to a colourful start at the Air Force Station Yelahanka in Bangaluru from 14 to 18 February 2017.

The French Ambassador Alexander Ziegler visiting the French Pavilion at Aero India. (Joseph Roukoz)