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Improving the breed:  Embraer EMB-312 Tucano in Colombian fashion

By J.-M. Guhl

With over 660 aircraft produced between 1980 and 1996 (504 by Embraer and 160 by Short Brothers), the EMB-312 or T-27 Tucano is certainly one of the most successful Brazilian military aerospace programmes and one that has contributed to make Embraer famous on the international market. A total of fifteen different air forces, besides the Força Aérea Brasileira (FAB), selected and fielded this turboprop-powered two-seat trainer, many of them still flying very actively this dependable aircraft after two decades and more.


Iveco DV celebrates the 80th anniversary of the Bolzano plant

by Paolo Valpolini

The facility in Bolzano that nowadays hosts Iveco Defence Vehicles HQ and main plant was inaugurated on 6 July 1937 by Mrs. Adele Lancia, as it was raised by Lancia which main plat were located in Turin. Initially a foundry, it soon became a comprehensive production facility, especially after WW II when beside the Lancia plant Officine Viberti created nearby a bodywork production plant.


In the evening of June 19th, during the annual dinner of the European Security & Defence Press Association, at the Lebanese restaurant Al Dar in the XVIth Arrondissement of the French capital the chairman of ESDPA, Joseph Roukoz, presented French Senator Daniel Reiner with a «souvenir» award to mark his constant and stalwart endeavour in support of the French Armed Forces through his key position in the National Defence Commission of the Senate.

French Senator Daniel Reiner (at right) pictured receiving a distinction gift from Joseph Roukoz, chairman of ESDPA on 19 June 2017. Senator Reiner who plans to retire by the end of this year has been a staunch defender of well managed French Defence budgets. (© J.-M. Guhl)

Going to retire by the end of this year, Senator Daniel Reiner of the Parti Socialiste (PS) has been for several decades the firm proponent of an increased budgetary effort in favour of the French Armed Forces with a permanent 2 percent line of the French national GPD devoted to defence spendings, including pensions and external operations (OPEX). Senator Reiner’s task will be maintained adamantly by his colleague Jacques Gautier (LR) with whom he has spent many years working in close cooperation.