The 2023 edition marked the 10th anniversary of SOFINS, the Special Operation Forces Innovation Network Seminar that gathered on 28-30 March at the CAMP de Souge, close to Bordeaux a considerable number of exhibitors and delegations. Organised by the Cercle de l’Arbalète, the event saw the presence of the top brass of the French Special Forces community, as well as that of the General Delegate for Armaments, Mr. Emmanuel Chiva, previously the head of the Defence Innovation Agency, who attended the final demonstration exercise that saw numerous SF land and air assets performing a simulated operation.

The event allows SF operators and decision makers to witness the latest breakthrough in technology applied to military software and hardware, as well as discussing topics related, among other, to the shift from decades of operations other than war to the new situation following the Russian aggression against Ukraine.

Here some articles that sum up part of the novelties in terms of products and operational issues.

Frontline medical support evolution; the French SF view

MBDA: Akeron MP naval applications, a new role for the antitank missile

A French Loitering Munition from the Indian Ocean

Some more info on the French Colibri loitering munitions programme

MBDA adds a Hit-To-Kill effector to its Sky Warden C-UAS system

Safran NavKite; a resilient PNT solution for French Navy Commandos

Airbus CAPA-X tactical UAS: flexibility first