What are the strengths and weaknesses of the French Army?

During his hearing before the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defense of the Senate, the Chief of Staff of the Army (CEMAT), General Schill, declared that it would be a priority to give back to his army increased capacities in terms of artillery and close anti-aircraft defense on the occasion of the next Military Programming Law. It is true, and we have repeatedly addressed the subject in our lines, that these two areas are today part of the weak points of the Army, in particular to engage in a high intensity conflict. But through the statements of the French General, and...

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The US Army wants to transform its Stryker into an EBRC

Two years ago, the US Army presented the BRUTUS self-propelled gun, a 777mm M155 howitzer mounted on a 6×6 FMTV truck, intended to assess the interest of the transported artillery model highlighted by the CAESAR gun French Nexter, which showed its full potential in the hands of French gunners in Iraq against the Islamic State. Since then, the CAESAR system has been retained for evaluation by the US Army, alongside the Iron Saber of the Israeli Elbit, the BAe Archer and the Brutus, to help replace light towed guns in combat units. It must be said that the French industrialists in the field…

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The Terminator tank arrives in the Russian armies

Since its first public appearance in 2005, the Боевая машина поддержки танков or BMPT Terminator, meaning tank support combat vehicle, has at the same time generated many fantasies and speculations, as well as much skepticism on the part of certain specialists armours. The Russian armies themselves were far from being convinced of its usefulness alongside its T72, T80 or T90. In fact, the orders were homeopathic, and for testing purposes only. But when in 2018, the modernized Terminator 2 variant was sent to Syria for testing in a combat environment, the results obtained, it seems, ended…

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With SCORPION, the French Army revolutionizes its combat capabilities in contact

Among the main European defense programs, the French SCORPION program unquestionably holds a very special place. Truly structuring, it provides for nothing less than in-depth modernization not only of the equipment but also of the doctrines of the Army's tactical units. Open since 2018 to a certain form of European cooperation, via the Belgian CaMo program, the SCORPION program (Synergie du COntact Reinforced par la Versatility et l'Info valorisatiON) provides for the development of several new vehicles, the renovation of equipment, but also and above all the implementation of an infovalorized combat system, the SICS, which will propel the French Army and…

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Will the French Navy be widely equipped with a 40mm RAPIDFire gun?

The question of medium artillery on the surface ships of the French Navy has already arisen for several years, to the point that the general configuration of the artillery pieces of the future FDI frigates took some time before being relatively fixed. Today, in addition to a few 100mm guns arming the oldest frigates and avisos (which have become deep-sea patrol boats), the Navy articulates the artillery of its buildings around two main guns: the 76mm from Leonardo as well as the 20mm Narwhal from Nexter, which is used in addition to the 76mm on the frigates and as the main part on the new patrol boats. However, since the appearance of…

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The 10 articles published in 2019 not to miss according to the editorial Meta-Defense

After the 10 most viewed articles in 2019 by readers, here is the selection of the 10 articles published by Meta-Defense in 2019 that you absolutely must read or reread according to the editorial staff of the service! No notion of ranking this time, and as before, these 10 articles will be accessible free of charge throughout January 2020. Belgium, Romania, Greece… these European countries which trust the French Defense industry At the beginning of the 2000s, and for nearly 15 years, the French defense industry failed to sign any significant contract independently in Europe, and due...

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Russian airborne forces to receive new infantry engagement armor

The Terminator infantry armor concept is apparently emulated by the Russian forces. This is how the airborne forces will adapt an Epokha turret on the BMD-4 chassis of the 2S25 Sprut so as to transform the light tank initially armed with a 125 mm gun intended for anti-tank missions, into a much more armored versatile, and capable of supporting light forces in multiple environments, including urban. The Epokha turret is composed of a fully automated turret equipped with a 30mm cannon, a 7,62mm machine gun, and two twin launchers for Kornet-ER anti-tank missile, allowing to engage a large number of goals, ranging…

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The BMPT Terminator 3 becomes clear after Syria

As has already been discussed several times, Russian forces have made extensive use of the Syrian theater to experiment and improve weapons systems and their doctrines. Among these systems tested, the BMPT Terminator 2 combat and armored protection vehicle gave encouraging results, justifying the first order of 12 units. But no sooner was this order announced than the development of a new version, the BMPT Terminator 3, was made official. The new version will abandon the T72/90 base to integrate into the Armata program, making it possible to design a heavier armored vehicle, and much more modern than these two predecessors. Furthermore, it…

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Light armored vehicles, a French specialty

The Belgian Defense Minister, Steven Vandeput, and his French counterpart, Florence Parly, have signed an agreement to supply the Belgian armies with 60 EBRC Jaguar light tanks and 382 VBMR Griffon armored personnel carriers, equipped with the field control device. battle and information SCORPIO. For the French consortium made up of Nexter, Arquus and Thales (among others), this €1,6 billion order is the largest from a European country to the French defense industry since 2000 when Greece ordered 55 mirage2000-5 and the necessary armament for the same amount. If the French armored vehicles have had some success in Europe and in the…

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