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    Post  George1 on Tue Mar 07, 2017 12:16 am

    The new tank of the French army will be Franco-German development

    As Jean-Dominique Merchet writes in the note "Le char futur sera franco-allemand", published in the French magazine L'Opinion, the head of the French Armed Forces General Directorate of Defense (DGA), Laurent Collet-Billon, March 6, 2017 Year concluded a "bet". It is that approximately in 2030 "the future tank [of the French army] will be Franco-German." During the press conference, he added that "the chassis and engine-transmission department will be German, and the tower - French." The tank will be produced by KNDS, created by the merger of the German company Krauss Maffei Wegmann and the French Nexter Systems.

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    Post  George1 on Sat Apr 15, 2017 10:16 am

    Costs for the maintenance and level of serviceability of ground forces of the French army

    Restless deputy of the National Assembly of France Francois Cornu-Gentius continues to send requests to the French Ministry of Defense regarding the level of combat capability of the French army. According to Jean-Dominique Merchet, in the French newspaper L'Opinion, based on the answers of the French Ministry of Defense to the requests of the said MP, the cost of maintaining one Leclerc tank of the French army in 2016, according to the publication "20,000 euros par mois pour un Leclerc opérationnel" Amounted to 246,249 euros, that is, in the month it reached almost 20,000 euros. That is, the maintenance of the Leclerc tank fleet (241 units in the French army), whose average age reaches 15 years, is almost 60 million euros per year. At the same time, the Leclerc tank readiness rate at the end of 2016 reached 61% (a 4% decrease compared to 2015). That is, on average, the number of serviceable tanks reaches 147 units.


    It is also reported that the level of serviceability of tank transport vehicles TRM 700/100 is very low - only 35%, that is, for a fleet of 116 vehicles this means an average of 40 vehicles on the go.

    The cost of servicing the VBCI armored personnel carrier is 54,107 euros, with an average age of six years. The troops have 625 VBCIs, their level of service is 74%.

    At the same time, a number of samples of equipment shows a very low level of serviceability, less than 50% is a light armored vehicle PVP (31%, in the French army there are 1176 units), heavy armored car AMX-10RCR (48%, 249 units, one more than Was in 2015), VAB armored personnel carrier (42%, 2475 units) and TRM 10000 trucks (38%, 1199 units).

    At the same time, only 171 mortars of 120 mm caliber were listed in the French army, of which only 51% were serviceable. In the army there were also 77 self-propelled 155mm howitzers CAESAR, with a level of serviceability of 68%. The cost of servicing one SAES CAU per year is 78068 euros, while one 120mm mortar is only 120 euros.

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    Post  George1 on Thu May 04, 2017 12:00 am

    The French army received the first shipment of automatic rifles Heckler & Koch HK416F

    The first batch of 400 HK416F rifles (out of 117,000 ordered for the three types of armed forces) was transferred to the DGA on May 3, which in turn would deliver them to the Land Force (93080 rifles ordered).



    Deliveries will be made within 10 years under a contract worth 350 million euros (including the supply of spare parts, the training of the first users and the initial maintenance). In 2017, 5,300 rifles will be transferred to the army. Then, until 2023, 10,000 rifles will be delivered annually. And before 2028 the pace of supply will drop to 5000 rifles annually.

    The automatic rifle HK416F has a caliber of 5.56 mm, it can shoot rifle grenades, and can also get a 40 mm grenade launcher. The rifle has a Pikatini bar, it features a modular design and an adjustable butt. According to the technical section of the Ground Forces, it is possible to produce up to 30,000 shots from a rifle without compromising accuracy.

    Two versions of the rifle have been adopted for the Army: the standard version with a barrel length of 90 cm for the first-line units (38,500 units, of which 14915 will be adapted for the FELIN serviceman's outfit in 2020-2021) and a short-barreled version with a barrel length of 80 cm.
    The first 400 rifles will be transferred to Larzac, French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian announced in October 2016, and that the 13th Brigade of the Foreign Legion will be the first unit of the Ground Forces rearmed to a new rifle.

    The first users from the beginning of April are trained under the guidance of an instructor of the technical section of the Ground Forces. In June, the first 250 rifles will be transferred to the 1st company and the platoon to facilitate the landing. In October, 250 new rifles will be delivered to the pyramids of the 1st company. Training in shooting will begin immediately after receiving rifles

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    Post  George1 on Sat Jun 10, 2017 3:37 pm

    Schedule of automatic rifles HK416F for the French army

    On the page of the French ground forces in the social network "Twitter" is a visual infographics that covers the issue of deliveries to the troops of the new 5.56-mm automatic rifles Heckler & Koch HK416F, adopted by the French army. The first picture reflects the overall situation of the PPO program, the second - the schedule of deliveries of the screw in 2017-2018 in specific French units and units.





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    Post  George1 on Sun Jul 16, 2017 3:08 pm

    During the traditional military parade in Paris on July 14, 2017 in honor of the national holiday of France, the Bastille Day, this year also dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the arrival of American troops in France during the First World War, samples of modern French military equipment with samples of military equipment of the First World War. The parade was attended by US President Donald Trump.

    In particular, the modern French tank Leclerc was held in the same ranks with the French tank Saint-Chamond of the 1917 model, the modern VBCI armored vehicle was in service with another French tank Schneider CA1 M2 of the 1916 model, and the modern 155 mm / 52 self-propelled howitzer CAESAR in I am building with a car of the Renault EG15 of the 1914 model, towing 155-mm gun 155 GPF mle.1917. Also on the parade was a lightweight Renault FT tank on a trailer towed by a Latil TAR (4x4) tractor of the 1914 model.






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    Post  George1 on Fri Aug 04, 2017 10:36 am

    The French army receives new body armor SMB

    According to the Ministry of Defense of France, infantrymen were the first to receive a batch of new bulletproof SMB (modular ballistic structure, structure modulaire balistique), compatible with the French individual equipment FELIN soldier in the number of 8600 pieces. During this year, bulletproof vests will enter new units and units of the French Army. In total, in 2017-2019, 22,000 SMB body armor should be delivered. The new bulletproof vest is a product of the merger of the existing body armor GPB and electronic waistcoat GE into a single structure. According to its characteristics, the new bulletproof vest surpasses all models that existed until today.

    A waistcoat is actually a body armor, unloading, plus additional peripheral devices (radio, computer, charging) can be connected to it, which essentially allows to increase the capabilities of the serviceman.



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    Post  George1 on Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:56 am

    The contract for the new French armored vehicles VBMR Leger

    As reported by the French company Nexter Systems (KNDS), on February 12, 2018, it received a contract from the French Defense Ministry's Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA) for the development and production of armored vehicles VBMR Leger with the wheel arrangement 4x4 .

    The VBMR Leger will be the third model of the perspective armored vehicles of the French army as part of the SCORPION program after previously contracted armored vehicles with the 6x6 VBMR Griffon and EBRC Jaguar armored vehicles (to be produced by the consortium Nexter, RTD and Thales).

    The contract was awarded to Nexter based on the results of the tender, in which the main competitors were Renault Truck Defense (RTD, part of the Volvo group, offered the option of its ACMAT Bastion HM in tender) and the Thales group (proposed version of the famous Australian Bushmaster machine). In fact, it was reported that the VBMR Leger project from Nexter, selected by the French Ministry of Defense, is a lightweight biaxial version of the already known Nexter TITUS armored vehicle with a 6x6 wheel arrangement.

    The VBMR Leger will be developed and manufactured in five contracted versions, including patrol (armored personnel carrier), reconnaissance vehicle, communications vehicle, EW machine, ambulance. In the future, it is possible to develop several more options (commander, engineer, machine of advanced artillery observers). The beginning of deliveries in the patrol version is planned for 2022. According to the recently announced draft of the French state arms program for the period 2019-2025, by 2025 the French armed forces are expected to supply 489 VBMR Leger vehicles (an increase from the previously planned 358), and by 2030 - 978 VBMR Leger vehicles. The cost of one machine in a series of purchases should be from 500 to 700 thousand euros.

    Detailed characteristics of the VBMR Leger are not disclosed yet, but the French media reported that the machine should have a full combat weight of about 15 tons, enhanced mine protection and capacity in the patrol option of 10 equipped people equipped with the FELIN system. The machine will be equipped with the SCORPION combat information system (SICS) and a remotely controlled machine gun module.

    Machines VBMR Leger will be produced at the head tank company Nexter in Roan, the contractor in the development and production of the chassis of the machine (suspension and transmission) will be the French company Texelis (Limoges).

    The French army in the period from 2018 to 2031 plans to purchase 1668 armored vehicles VBMR Griffon (to replace the fleet of BTR VAB) and 248 armored cars EBRC Jaguar (for the replacement of cannon armored cars AMX-10RC and ERC-90S).

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    Re: French Army: News

    Post  Vladimir79 on Tue Mar 20, 2018 12:35 am

    France has started receiving its 5th generation ATGM called MMP... take a look.




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    Post  Militarov on Tue Mar 20, 2018 12:48 am

    Vladimir79 wrote:France has started receiving its 5th generation ATGM called MMP... take a look.



    Not bad, not bad at all actually.
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    Post  Isos on Tue Mar 20, 2018 1:10 am

    Militarov wrote:
    Vladimir79 wrote:France has started receiving its 5th generation ATGM called MMP... take a look.



    Not bad, not bad at all actually.

    Easy target for active defences ... kinda slow missile. But the wire tv guidance is really good.
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    Post  Militarov on Tue Mar 20, 2018 1:25 am

    Isos wrote:

    Easy target for active defences ... kinda slow missile. But the wire tv guidance is really good.

    Doesnt seem much slower to me than any other ATGM out there. You should see Malyutka, you can write a letter home while it reaches max range.
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    Post  Vladimir79 on Tue Mar 20, 2018 1:53 am

    Isos wrote:
    Easy target for active defences ... kinda slow missile. But the wire tv guidance is really good.

    Part of it looking slow on the impact is the camera having good stablisation. The Chinese one goes even slower but looks like it is going faster as it wobbles all over the place.
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    Post  Isos on Tue Mar 20, 2018 10:34 am

    Vladimir79 wrote:
    Isos wrote:
    Easy target for active defences ... kinda slow missile. But the wire tv guidance is really good.

    Part of it looking slow on the impact is the camera having good stablisation.  The Chinese one goes even slower but looks like it is going faster as it wobbles all over the place.

    Speaking about the chinese, don't they have a 360° shtora-like jamer on their new tanks to defeat seakers like this one by burning the optics ?
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    Post  Vladimir79 on Tue Mar 20, 2018 1:51 pm

    Isos wrote:

    Speaking about the chinese, don't they have a 360° shtora-like jamer on their new tanks to defeat seakers like this one by burning the optics ?

    I don't think it has any special jammer, their APS is called GL-5 but it is useless against top attack munitions as it only has a 20° elevation.

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    Post  Isos on Tue Mar 20, 2018 3:27 pm

    Vladimir79 wrote:
    Isos wrote:

    Speaking about the chinese, don't they have a 360° shtora-like jamer on their new tanks to defeat seakers like this one by burning the optics ?

    I don't think it has any special jammer, their APS is called GL-5 but it is useless against top attack munitions as it only has a 20° elevation.  

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    I was talking about a systrm similar to sgtora not ADS.

    I saw it on the wiki page of type 99 tank.

    This main battle tank is fitted with a unique active laser protection system, which uses a high-powered laser to interfere with infrared guidance signals, disable enemy observation optics and even damage the eyesight of enemy gunners. This active laser protection system can be used against both ground targets and helicopters. There is a laser warning receiver to warn the crew about incoming laser-guide anti-tank missiles. The tank also comes with twelve 81-mm smoke grenade dischargers

    They also talk about that on other articles on the net but I have never seen a name for the system.
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    Post  Vladimir79 on Tue Mar 20, 2018 4:49 pm

    Isos wrote:

    I saw it on the wiki page of type 99 tank.

    This main battle tank is fitted with a unique active laser protection system, which uses a high-powered laser to interfere with infrared guidance signals, disable enemy observation optics and even damage the eyesight of enemy gunners. This active laser protection system can be used against both ground targets and helicopters. There is a laser warning receiver to warn the crew about incoming laser-guide anti-tank missiles. The tank also comes with twelve 81-mm smoke grenade dischargers

    They also talk about that on other articles on the net but I have never seen a name for the system.

    There is no laser dazzler on the Type 99 that I can see. It seems people are confusing the commander's panoramic sight for something it is not, it does have a rather bulky cooling unit for it's thermal sensors is what I think is confusing people.
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    Post  GarryB on Tue Mar 20, 2018 11:57 pm

    One of the engagements it hits the rear side track area of that moving tank... suggests to me it just went for a laser spot on the side of the vehicle as opposed to actually identifying the whole moving object as being the target vehicle and going for a central hit on that...

    Obviously hitting the track would immobilise the tank, but surely a tank that can still fire its gun is still a threat on the battlefield... a central hit on the engine compartment or the rear turret bustle to try to detonate ammo and destroy the tank would make more sense.

    Otherwise it seems OK, but nothing particularly astounding.

    Any range or penetration figures?
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    Post  Vladimir79 on Wed Mar 21, 2018 2:58 am

    GarryB wrote:One of the engagements it hits the rear side track area of that moving tank... suggests to me it just went for a laser spot on the side of the vehicle as opposed to actually identifying the whole moving object as being the target vehicle and going for a central hit on that...

    Obviously hitting the track would immobilise the tank, but surely a tank that can still fire its gun is still a threat on the battlefield... a central hit on the engine compartment or the rear turret bustle to try to detonate ammo and destroy the tank would make more sense.

    Otherwise it seems OK, but nothing particularly astounding.

    Any range or penetration figures?

    Range 4100m, three selectable modes include:
    - anti-armour =pen 1000+ RHA including under ERA
    - breach = 2m concrete
    - high or low flight trajectory

    The missile is not laser guided, the target was the engine block viewable by heat signature demonstrating its disabling capabilities.


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    Post  George1 on Thu May 17, 2018 6:44 am

    The first prototype of the French armored vehicle EBRC Jaguar


    On May 16, 2018, the French company Nexter Systems officially unveiled the first prototype of the EBRC Jaguar armored vehicle with a 6x6 wheel arrangement, created as the "flagship" model of the French Army's perspective wheeled armored vehicles as part of the SCORPION program. This prototype EBRC Jaguar will be publicly demonstrated in June at the Eurosatory 2018 in Paris.



    The Jaguar is intended to replace the French Army's AMX-10RC and ERC-90S cannon armament combat vehicles, as well as the VCAC Mehhisto self-propelled ATGMs (on the VAB armored vehicle chassis) ). The development of Jaguar, as well as the other main machine of the program SCORPION (Synergie du contact renforcée par la polyvalence et l'infovalorisation), an armored personnel carrier VBMR Griffon with the wheel formula 6x6), designed to replace the VAB VAB) - is carried out by the consortium of Nexter, Thales and Renault Trucks Defense (RTD). Deliveries of EBRC Jaguar and VBMR Griffon cars are scheduled to start in 2020, although it is unclear whether this period will be sustained.

    Earlier, the French army planned to purchase 248 EBRC Jaguar cars and 1668 VBMR Griffon vehicles, but in the recently approved arms program for 2019-2025 it was approved an increase in the procurement plan for up to 300 EBRC Jaguar cars and 1,892 VBMR Griffon cars by 2030. Including 110 cars EBRC Jaguar is supposed to be delivered in 2025. In April 2017, a consortium led by Nexter was awarded a contract for the delivery of the first 20 EBRC Jaguar cars and 319 VBMR Griffon vehicles.

    In June 2017, the Belgian government also decided to purchase for the Belgian army 67 cars EBRC Jaguar and 417 cars VBMR Griffon in the period 2025-2030.

    The EBRC Jaguar with a 6x6 wheel arrangement will have a full combat mass of up to 25 tons and is equipped with a twin tower T40 with a 40mm CTAS CT40 automatic cannon firing telescopic ammunition. Also on the tower there are two double-charging launchers for the new MBDA MMP. The crew is three people. The ballistic protection of the machine is declared on the level of STANAG 4569 Level 4 and reinforced anti-mine protection.











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    Post  Walther von Oldenburg on Thu May 17, 2018 3:59 pm

    The ATGM looks good though nothing extraordinary compared to Kornet.

    I like Shershen - it lazes the area above the target and not the target direclty.
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    Post  GarryB on Fri May 18, 2018 6:06 am

    I seem to remember Vikhr flys about 5m above the line of sight to the target until it gets to 1km range from the target and then the beam is automatically dropped down onto the target for the kill.

    The 600+m/s flight speed would mean less than 2 seconds with the beam on target, and a laser beam riding laser can be rather weaker than a laser target marking beam, because the missile seeker is looking directly into the beam source rather than forward at a beam reflecting off the target.
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    Post  George1 on Sat Jun 09, 2018 2:47 pm

    France eyes 5 weapons for future missile


    France is on the hunt for the Tiger Mk3 helicopter’s new missile. (Eric Feferberg/AFP via Getty Images)

    VERSAILLES, France ― The French Army is studying five weapons in a technical evaluation for a new air-to-ground missile in a planned upgrade of the Tiger attack helicopter, said Army Sgt. Maj. Jean-Luc.

    That assessment will allow the Army’s specialist Stat unit for weapon assessment to draw up a file of operational needs for the Future Tactical Air-Surface Missile, dubbed MAST-F, Jean-Luc told reporters May 15.

    Jean-Luc’s full name is not being provided for security reasons.

    The acquisition of a new missile is part of the Tiger Mk3 modernization project, which has been announced as part of Franco-German military cooperation in a bid to boost European defense.

    The five weapons under consideration are MLP, a long-range version of the MBDA MMP anti-tank missile; EMMH, a Franco-German cooperative project based on the MLP; Brimstone 3, a British missile; Spike ER of Rafael; and the Joint Air-to-Ground Missile from Lockheed Martin, said Philippe Gouyon, a military adviser to MBDA.

    The Army Stat unit will draft its file of operational needs, which will serve as the basis for program requirements set by the Direction Générale de l’Armement procurement office, and issued to industry in a public tender.

    A cooperative Franco-German EMMH missile will require bilateral agreement, which will not be a simple matter, as there are separate requirements, a defense executive said.

    It’s possible Spain may also join the process. Spanish participation is needed to qualify for European Union funding for development of the EMMH missile, as the European Defence Fund requires three EU partner nations to attract financial support.

    The French Army is due to take the MMP to Mali in September, its first overseas deployment, said Jean-Luc.

    Jean-Luc is one of 27 instructors who train those who will in turn train other troops to fire the MMP. There has been training of the special forces of the Air Force, Army and Navy.

    A first firing of the MMP from the Jaguar combat and reconnaissance vehicle is due early next year. The Army received its first 50-strong batch of MMPs in December, part the replacement of the Milan anti-tank weapon.

    The MBDA presentation of the MMP was part of a press trip organized by the defense industry association Gicat.

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    Post  George1 on Sat Jun 09, 2018 2:48 pm

    France to double military vehicle order, asking for multiple variants


    The Light VBMR weighs 15-17 tons, can reach a speed of 100 kph and has a range of 600 kilometers. (Nexter)

    VERSAILLES, France ― France is to double its order for the Light VBMR reconnaissance vehicle, a key element in the French Army’s €10 billion (U.S. $12 billion) Scorpion modernization program.

    An additional 420 Light VBMR units are to be ordered, taking the total to 978, according to Erwan, the director of the Scorpion modernization program at Direction Générale de l’Armement procurement office. Erwan, whose last name is not used for security reasons, spoke to the press May 16.

    A first delivery of the Light VBMR is due in 2022, with 489 shipped by 2025.

    In addition to the highly equipped 489, there will be a further 200 units ordered, with the latter more lightly equipped units, according to the annex of the draft multiyear military budget law for 2019-2025.

    That raises the total of Light VBMRs to 689 delivered by 2025.

    After 2025 and out to 2032, there will be a further 978 ordered for Scorpion, and 1,060 ordered outside of the program, with a total of 2,038 for that period.

    A first delivery of an armored personnel carrier version of Light VBMR is due in 2021, a reconnaissance model in 2022 and a communications variant in 2023.

    A wide spectrum of missions will be covered, as there will be 16 versions of the vehicle, with 10 of the APC, two for recon and four for comms.

    Nexter will design, build and service the vehicles, while Texelis will supply the chassis and driveline.

    Nexter’s factory at Roanne, central France, will build the Light VBMR, adding to the workload generated by orders for the Griffon troop carrier and the Jaguar combat and reconnaissance vehicle.

    The Light VBMR weighs 15-17 tons, can reach a speed of 100 kph and has a range of 600 kilometers. That weight compares to the French Army’s initial requirement for a 10-ton vehicle, before industry called that unrealistic.

    One of the vehicles can be airlifted on a C-130, while two can fit on the A400M transport aircraft. Regarding the latter, the vehicles can be fully equipped for combat and still be successfully loaded.

    The vehicle is armed with a remote controlled 7.62mm machine gun, a minigun at the rear and self-protection with a Galix smoke dispenser.

    France is also to order an upgrade for 200 Leclerc main battle tanks, with a first delivery of a modernized tank in 2021, Erwan said. Sensors and the Bull SICS battle management system, or Scorpion Information Communication System, will bring the tank into the Scorpion’s so-called collaborative combat concept, which seeks to heighten teamwork on the ground and with commanders at the regimental level.

    An order for the Griffon multipurpose troop carrier is to be raised to ”a target“ of 1,872, up 150 units from a previous total, Erwan said. A first delivery is due by the end of the year, with certification in the second quarter of 2019. Some 936 units are due by 2025.

    Contracts for those increased orders are expected to be signed later this year after the French Parliament formally adopts the draft military budget law, expected in July.

    That boost in orders follows the Army’s call for a speedy introduction of the new armored vehicles, to replace an aging fleet of VAB troop carriers. There is a 2,700-strong fleet of VABs, which are some 40 years old.

    The briefing by Erwan was on a press trip organized by Gicat, the French trade association for makers of land weapons, ahead of the Eurosatory trade show, which runs June 11-15.

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    Post  George1 on Sun Jul 01, 2018 6:05 pm

    The first confirmed loss of the French IFV Nexter VBCI in Mali



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