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    Post  solo.13mmfmj on Thu May 13, 2010 4:55 pm

    I know that this article is a bit old,but what do you think?

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/2084832/French-army-falling-apart-documents-show.html
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    Post  Vladimir79 on Thu May 13, 2010 10:09 pm

    Explains why France has doubled their procurement budget to $20 billion a year. Cold War relics breakdown and now they are replacing them.
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    Post  max steel on Fri Mar 06, 2015 1:33 pm

    French delete evidence US carrier was 'sunk' by an old sub in drill



    http://rt.com/usa/238257-french-submarine-us-carrier/
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    Post  GarryB on Sat Mar 07, 2015 12:35 am

    Believing you are safe is more important than actually being safe... in America... explains the ABM systems in Europe too BTW.
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    Post  George1 on Sat Mar 14, 2015 6:22 pm

    France Awards Contract for Sigint Satellites

    PARIS — The Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA) has appointed Airbus Defence and Space and Thales as joint prime contractors, and awarded the two companies the first phase of production, for the launch of three CERES signals intelligence satellites, the procurement office said.

    The budget for production and launch is €450 million, the DGA said in a March 12 statement. The satellites will enter service by 2020, the office said.

    "Three closely positioned satellites will detect and locate radio communications and radars," Thales said in a statement. The electronics company will supply the mission payload and the ground segment.

    Airbus DS will supply the three satellites, the company said. Thales Alenia Space will supply the space platform as subcontractor.

    "This satellite system will give France a capability that few countries possess," Airbus DS said.
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    Post  George1 on Sat Mar 04, 2017 2:24 pm

    France selects H160 for light helicopter replacement programme

    France has selected the Airbus Helicopters H160 as the basis for its tri-service light rotorcraft replacement programme, a major coup for the developmental medium twin.

    Speaking during a visit to the manufacturer’s Marignane facility in the south of the country, French defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said that deliveries under the hélicoptère interarmées léger (HIL) effort would start in around 2024.

    Le Drian says that between 160 and 190 aircraft would be required under HIL, which seeks to replace a number of ageing types across all three French services.

    These include the navy’s Aérospatiale Alouette IIIs, multirole AS365 Dauphin and AS565 Panthers, the air force’s AS555 Fennec light attack rotorcraft and SA330 Pumas; and the Puma transports and SA341/342 Gazelles used in the reconnaissance and light attack role by the army, plus its Fennec trainers – a total of around 420 aircraft, according to Flight Fleets Analyzer.

    Development work on the H160 has focused on civil missions, with Airbus Helicopters indicating that it would only look at a military variant at some undefined point in the future.

    The manufacturer will shortly start discussing the H160's detailed performance figures with customers, including the crucial maximum take-off weight. Previously it has only given the specification as 5.5t- to 6t. Service entry is scheduled for 2019.

    https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/france-selects-h160-for-light-helicopter-replacement-434790/
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    Post  George1 on Tue Apr 11, 2017 5:10 pm

    A Czech automatic rifle will be put into service with the French rapid reaction group

    According to the publication "Un nouveau fusil d'assaut tchèque pour le GIGN?" Resource "opex360.com", the British site Shephard Media reported that the Group of Special Response to the French gendarmerie (GIGN) plans to purchase 68 units of the automatic rifle CZ 806 Bren 2 manufactured by Ceska Zbrojovka company in the version for the Soviet interim cartridge 7.62x39 mm [according to the manufacturer, the rifle for this cartridge is designated CZ 807 - bmpd]. The choice of this weapon was made known at the last SOFINS salon, dedicated to special forces and held in March 2017.

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    Post  MonkeymodelBananaRepublic on Sat May 06, 2017 8:31 am

    Interesting that countries are practicing for a french fragmentation

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/switzerland/10344029/Swiss-war-game-envisages-invasion-by-bankrupt-French.html
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    Post  George1 on Thu Jul 20, 2017 8:12 am

    French military chief resigns after Macron spat over budget cuts

    France’s most senior military chief has resigned after a blistering spat with Emmanuel Macron, saying that proposed army budgets cuts meant he was no long able to “guarantee” the protection of France.

    In the first sign of the heavy opposition Mr Macron is likely to face as he seeks to cut €60bn of spending over the coming five years, General Pierre de Villiers suggested that €850m in planned military cuts this year was endangering the country.

    “In the current circumstances, I see myself as no longer able to guarantee the robust defence force I believe is necessary to guarantee the protection of France and the French people, today and tomorrow, and to sustain the aims of our country,” he said in a statement.

    Following the announcement of the government’s defence cutbacks, Gen de Villiers told a French parliamentary committee earlier this month: “I may be stupid, but I know when I’m being had”.

    Responding to the general’s remarks, Mr Macron told a French newspaper at the weekend:

    If something opposes the military chief of staff and the president, the military chief of staff goes.
    Mr Macron is facing a near €9bn hole in the country’s public finances over the next two years, forcing his centrist government to embark on deep spending cuts to meet an EU deficit target of 3 per cent of GDP this year.

    France’s budget deficit ended 2016 at a bigger than expected 3.4 per cent and will fall to just 3.2 per cent without an additional €4bn austerity effort this year, France’s state auditor has warned.

    After the war of words with the general, Mr Macron announced a €1.5bn rise in military spending in 2018 in an apparent attempt to ease tensions with the military.

    On Wednesday, Gen de Villiers said Mr Macron had accepted his resignation.

    https://www.ft.com/content/c4cd09a2-8158-37cc-b05f-7c4486dcc1ae?mhq5j=e2
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    Post  George1 on Wed May 30, 2018 12:55 pm

    Serge Dassault, the billionaire chairman of French conglomerate Dassault Groupe, died in his office in Paris on May 28, according to media

    https://www.forbes.com/consent/?toURL=https://www.forbes.com/sites/angelauyeung/2018/05/29/billionaire-french-businessman-serge-dassault-dies-at-93/
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    Post  George1 on Sun Jul 14, 2019 4:02 am

    Macron Declares French Space Command is in the Works

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    The new space initiative is expected to help France better ensure the safety of its satellites.

    Addressing troops ahead of the upcoming Bastille Day military parade, French President Emmanuel Macron announced that he has approved the creation of the country’s own space command to bolster France’s defence capabilities.

    As Macron explained, this move will allow the country to better protect its satellites, noting that the exact investment is yet to be determined.

    "To give substance to this doctrine and ensure the development and reinforcement of our space capabilities, a space command will be created next September in the air force", the president declared.

    In November, Macron also suggested that the European Union should get a "real European army" which would be independent from the United States and capable of defending Europe.

    Previously, French Defence Minister Florence Parly said that Paris intends to spend 3.6 billion euros on the renewal of its military satellites. These funds are also expected to go towards the launch of three CERES electromagnetic-monitoring satellites, and the modernisation of a spatial radar surveillance system called GRAVES.

    Earlier this year, Jean-Yves Le Gall, president of the French government space agency CNES (National Centre for Space Studies) revealed that the development of space industry has become France's priority, and that the organisation is waiting for French President Emmanuel Macron to make a strategic decision on forming the country's "space force".
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    Post  Aristide on Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:28 am

    Did you see yesterday? It was a big spectacle in Paris at Bastille Day



    First time ever also a german unit was part of the parade and German chancellor Merkel also attended the event.

    That Macron invited Merkel but not trump is a message. France plans a military cooperation with Germany and otehr european powers. And also wants push back USA more and more.
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    Post  George1 on Sun Nov 17, 2019 11:11 am

    The French Army at the limit of its capabilities - Chief of General Staff

    According to the publication " La Tribune The " in the material "" Je suis au The capacités a bout of de mes "(Général Lecointre, chef d'état-major des armées) ", Chief of the General Staff of armed forces of France, General Francois Lekuantr (François Lecointre) considers the current model French army does not meet the needs. This primarily concerns frigates of the first rank, in which the fleet has reached the limit of its capabilities.

    In his opinion, the French armament program for the period 2019-2025 allows patching holes and restrictions inherited from the previous program, modernizing the army and answering the challenges of the Ambition 2030 program. He also noted that the 2020 budget for the modernization of the armed forces provided an additional 1.7 billion euros, which brings the volume of defense spending to 37.5 billion euros, and this will amount to 1.86% of next year's GDP.


    At the same time, he drew attention to two programs that are too actively implemented. This is a program for the construction of frigates and the purchase of armored vehicles Scorpion. Regarding frigates, he stated the following: “Today I need to give a guarantee to the president of the country regarding his permanent presence in the Persian Gulf. Added to this is the observation of the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, patrolling in the Syrian region, as well as the protection of our bastion in the Gaskon Bay and the monitoring of the departure of Russian submarines from their bases in the North Atlantic. I am at the limit of my possibilities. ” And the chief of staff of the fleet, Admiral Christoph Pratsuk, said that in the Strait of Hormuz, ideally, you should have not one, but two frigates, which will allow you to be present on an ongoing basis. In 2008, the approved requirement for first rank frigates was 24 units (17 FREMM,Lafayette ). In 2015, a new state was approved by 2030 - 15 units. Too little.

    Regarding armored vehicles, it is noted that in 2008, when the situation was not as complicated as it is now, the French army had 452 medium-class armored vehicles, and today, by 2030, 300 Jaguar are planned to be purchased. And although they are more sophisticated than their predecessors, the number of theaters of operations remains intact.

    The same is true for the Air Force. In 2007, they included 420 combat aircraft, and by 2030 it is planned to maintain 185 multipurpose aircraft.

    The Lecuantre also noted that currently 30,000 troops are defending France, of which 8,000 are in operations abroad. And 20,000 are serving in France. In his opinion, such a voltage level that has been maintained for several years has no precedent, and should not be reduced in subsequent years. But the sources of crises are very numerous, and the chief of the General Staff expressed concern that they might increase.


    Note bmpd.In our estimation, France can really afford to keep no more than 5,000 troops abroad. And this tension is maintained due to the fact that troops are being transferred from Mali to Afghanistan. The military personnel themselves are sometimes forced to buy uniforms and equipment, as well as body armor. It comes to the fact that the military personnel of one unit may be wearing various non-standard shoes.

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