Should France develop a medium tank in parallel with the MGCS program?

It is now no secret that the risk of seeing the French armies engaged in a High Intensity conflict has increased considerably in recent years, and will increase in the years and decades to come. It is in this context that Paris and Berlin launched, in 2017, several industrial defense programs in cooperation, the most symbolic of which are the new generation SCAF combat aircraft program to replace the French Rafale and German Typhoon, and the MGCS combat tank program, to replace, among other things, the Leclercs of the Army and the Leopard 2s of the Bundeswehr.…

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The National Guard, a favorite format for High Intensity

The military parade on July 14, 2021, which will take place as always on the Avenue des Champs-Elysées, will this year be on the theme of "High Intensity", a notion that has recently reappeared with the resurgence of this type of commitment, and the rise in power of certain armed forces such as China or Russia. However, if the French Armies will highlight their high-performance equipment, such as the Rafale, the Leclerc tanks, the VBMR Griffon or the new ships of the National Navy during this event, they will not be able to hide their more than limited capacities in this area. , inherited from 25 years of budgetary decisions and…

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The replacement of the Indian T72s is a unique opportunity for Nexter and the French Army

At the beginning of June, the Indian authorities officially relaunched the Future Ready Combat Vehicles, or FRCV, program aimed at acquiring 1700 heavy armored vehicles to replace the approximately 2200 T72 combat tanks currently in service with the country's armed forces. A request for information was sent to some 12 heavy tank manufacturers: the Russian Uralvagonzavod for the T90M and the T-14 Armata, the American General Dynamics for the M1Ax Abrams, the German Krauss-Maffei Wegman for the Leopard 2 , the South Korean Rotem for the K2, the Turkish Otokar for the Atlay, the Serbian Yugoimport for the M-84, the Ukrainian Malyshev for the T-84, the Italian Leonardo for the Ariete,…

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Nexter challenges Rheinmetall with its ASCALON cannon for the MGCS program

For the German Rheinmetall, the case was understood: the experience and the reputation acquired by the designer of the Rh-120 L44 120 mm gun which equips the Leopard 2 justified, according to the Düsseldorf group, on their own, that the design of the main gun of the Franco-German MGCS program is attributed to him. For this, Rheinmetall intended to rely on its new 130 mm L/51 gun, presented 5 years ago, despite the tests carried out by the French Nexter, who had experimented with a new 140 mm gun. on Leclerc chassis in 2019, as part of the Future Tank Main Armament program,…

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5 programs to strengthen the High Intensity capacities of the French armies

While a few years ago, the hypothesis of high-intensity engagement, that is to say between technologically advanced forces with global military resources, was considered marginal, the deterioration of international relations and the multiplication points of tension appeared on the planet, will have given him an important credit. Unfortunately, as the Chiefs of Staff of the French armies as well as the deputies point out more and more frequently, the French forces are no longer sized or equipped to deal effectively with this type of engagement. Beyond the volume of forces, which is a matter of long-term global planning,…

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The French Army reveals its ambitions with the TITAN program

The French Army and the Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA) published this week a video animation presenting the main lines of development in progress and to come for the air-land combat of the French armies. If today all eyes, and the vast majority of credits, are focused on the renewal of the "median" segment, namely light and medium armored vehicles, the most likely to be deployed in external operations, within the framework of the program SCORPION, the renewal of the heavy component of the forces is now planned within a new program called TITAN. TITAN is not, in itself, really a…

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Without naming it, are the French Chiefs of Staff pleading for a new White Paper?

In a speech given to naval student officers at the Naval Academy of Lanveoc-Poulmic, near Brest, the new Chief of Staff of the National Navy, Admiral Pierre Vandier, warned future officers that they were a generation that is likely to experience sea fire, in other words, high-intensity naval combat unlike any seen since the Falklands War in 1982. The CEMM statement is part of a series of speeches by the various chiefs of staff of the French armies which aim to alert both public opinion and the political authorities to the profound change that is taking place...

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20 programs to strengthen the armies and preserve the French industrial fabric

Between the health and economic crisis linked to the Covid19 virus, and the security crises that are shaking the Middle East, the Mediterranean, Asia and Eastern Europe, there is no shortage of subjects of concern for French political leaders in in charge of defence, public finance and industry. But while these files are managed in isolation today, a global vision would make it possible to consider solutions that meet all the needs and contextual requirements. Strengthening the French armies, a pressing need Although the Military Programming Law 2019-2025 has undeniably made it possible to stem the loss of capacity that has affected the French armies for more than…

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Barkhane: six months after the Pau Summit, what effects on the Sahelian theater?

On January 13, 2020, the Pau Summit was held to restore momentum to a demoralized and destabilized G5 Sahel under the aggressive attacks of the Armed Terrorist Groups (GAT). A few months later we observe encouraging effects on the ground, both by the pressure exerted on the GATs and by the rise in power of the Sahelian armies. At the beginning of 2020, Operation Barkhane lost its legitimacy in proportion to the losses suffered by the Sahelian armies, and criticism from French public opinion. The Pau Summit did not change the Desired Final Effect (EFR) of Operation Barkhane: hold…

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Agreement of Sweden, interest of Greece: Task Force Takuba takes shape

Announced in 2019 and officially launched in March at the instigation of France, Task Force Takuba is a European grouping of special forces intended to be deployed in Mali in order to support the local armed forces in their fight against terrorist groups. Due to be deployed before the end of summer 2020, Task Force Takuba is still in the process of refining its technical system. This task is particularly delicate in the midst of the Covid-19 epidemic, which changes the availability of men and equipment to be sent by each partner country. In recent days, however, several major advances have been made. Firstly,…

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