DCNS, MBDA pressured by subcontractors
Despite the good political relationship between France and India, Indian defence companies are looking to short-circuit French companies. The latter are counting on consultants to deal with situation. [...]
MBDA is a European missile manufacturer that was formed from the merger of France’s Matra, Alenia Marconi Systems and Matra BAE Dynamics. The company often competes for contracts with Raytheon. It developed the Meteor and the Storm Shadow missiles that are used by the British and French armies.
Lebanon’s acquisition of military materiel under a $1 billion envelope that Riyadh granted to prime minister Saad Hariri in August is proceeding apace. Intelligence Online can also reveal that there has been a breakthrough on Saudi Arabia’s $3 billion package [...]
In Central Asia, like the Middle East, electronic border protection has become the latest must-have technology. But although the countries concerned are in a hurry to respond to urgent problems, the European defence industry is increasingly reticent about supplying such [...]
Chief executive of Blenheim Capital since its foundation in 2006, Grant Rogan has been active in the Gulf since the 1980s. His father, Richard Grant Rogan, was already a connoisseur of the region. Middle East director of Northrop Grumman in the 1970s, he was a regular contact of Adnan Khashoggi, the famous Saudi arms dealer. His son, Grant, quickly opted to specialise in the discreet offset sector [...]
Omar Zeidan is one of the best-connected among the established agents of French industry in the Arab world. He is still very active in 2013, steering through projects in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait and partnering investments of the Al-Assad clan in Syria. At the same time, he is trying to establish himself in Libya and is continuing to advance his own investment projects in Africa generally. After hav [...]