Cover story

EUROPEAN DEFENCE ACTION PLAN – AN EXTRA PUSH TO REVITALIZE DEFENCE COOPERATION

On 30 November 2016, the European Commission tabled its eagerly awaited European Defence Action Plan (EDAP) which aims to boost collaboration on defence capability and support the European defence industry.

INDUSTRY TALK

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: SAAB CEO HAKAN BUSKHE ON EUROPEAN DEFENCE INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENTS AND PERSPECTIVES

In an exclusive interview, Saab CEO Håkan Buskhe tells us how he sees the defence industry developing in the coming years, why closer European cooperation will be paramount to safeguard industrial competiveness and why Europe will have to develop future airpower capabilities if it wants to maintain technological leadership and an appropriate level of strategic autonomy

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IN THE FIELD

‘BLACK BLADE’ HELICOPTER EXERCISE PUTS SPOTLIGHT ON INTEROPERABILITY AND JOINT TRAINING

Exercise BLACK BLADE marked a significant milestone for the EDA as the 10th edition of its Helicopter Exercise Programme (HEP). Hosted by Belgium at Florennes Airbase, an average of 400 personnel and 14 air assets undertook an intensive and successful three week programme from the 14th of November to the 2nd of December. As a Special Operations Forces (SOF) oriented helicopter exercise, BLACK BLADE focused on enhancing European interoperability and developing cooperation with SOF

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INTERVIEW

GERMAN LT.GENERAL BÜHLER: “NO EUROPEAN STATE CAN SOLVE TODAY’S CHALLENGES ALONE”

European Defence Matters sat down with Lt General Erhard Bühler, Head of the Directorate General for Planning within the German MoD and current chairman of the European Defence Agency Steering Board in capability directors composition, to discuss today’s military capability challenges

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

EDA ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2016

The European Defence Agency’s Annual Conference has become a well-established annual rendez-vous forthe European defence community which meets at this occasion to discuss developments, prospects and challenges for European defence cooperation. The 2016 event entitled 'A third industrial evolution orrevolution in defence?' took place on 10 November and attracted a record 500- strong audience in the European Commission’s Charlemagne building.

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