For armored vehicle manufacturer FFG located in Flensburg, Germany, the biannual Eurosatory trade fair held in Paris this past week (13-17 June) remains a must attend event.
The exhibition provides a major indicator of the general mood of the national and international defense industry. For this year, all the signs at the FFG booth were pointing towards growth.
The latest developments in world politics have led to a noticeable paradigm shift. This has resulted in a considerable number of high-ranking German officers and civilian staff from the Ministry of Defense, the Army Command and associated departments, such as the Planning Office, Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw), Federal Office for Army Development as well as armed forces schools and other important authorities who were all warmly welcomed at the FFG booth.
Moreover, high-ranking personnel from the military and political domains from Poland, several Baltic and Scandinavian states as well as North and South America could be seen eagerly informing themselves about FFG’s products. These delegates represented the key decision makers for several procurement projects currently underway.
FFG exhibited their PMMC G5 special vehicle in Joint Fire Support Team Configuration next to the WiSENT 2 multi-functional platform that has already found highly satisfied purchasers in Canada, Qatar, UAE and Norway. The multi-role PMMC G5 meets all the requirements of modern armored vehicles, combining robust design with a simple maintenance and service concept. Accordingly, the amount of international visitors in Paris was reassuringly high. Generally, the staff at the exhibition praised the event as a positive experience in particular the organization and layout of the booth in relation to the German Industry collective.
Only the absence of management level representation of the German Ministry of Defense and of representatives of the German political establishment was unanimously regretted. This absence was in contrast to the presence of the highest political representatives of other European countries, who had obviously given the event far higher priority, as it was the largest gathering of defense technology experts in the world.
Photo (Left to Right): Thorsten Peter, Sales Director Defense Technology FFG; Wolfgang Baumbach, Managing Director CCO GmbH; General Staff Colonel Lars Jacobs; Norbert Erichsen, Managing Director FFG; Lieutenant General Rainer Korff.