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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French armies prepare to test their first laser weapons from the Orleans-based SME CILAS

In the battle currently underway in Idlib, Syria, Turkish forces seem to be imposing an unprecedented operational tempo and an implacable operational superiority largely linked to the intensive use of drones of all types and formats. Direct attack vectors, target detectors or artillery designators, aerial drones (UAV) are now at the heart of land and air-land combat doctrines. If France has understood this well, by planning to integrate more and more drones into the SCORPION combat system, it has also been able to take the measure of the threat represented by such systems implemented...

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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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The DGA notifies the order of 54 Griffons MEPAC equipped with 120mm 2M2R mortars

In a press release published on January 24, the GME Scorpion – Momentary Grouping of Companies made up of Nexter, Arquus and Thales – declared that the DGA had notified them on December 30, 2019 of a new amendment to the SCORPION program contract. This amendment relates to the order expected since last summer for 54 Griffon multi-role armored vehicles equipped to carry a 120mm rifled mortar in their hold. The amendment thus makes it possible to respect the target of 1872 SCORPION vehicles provided for in the current military programming law. This new variant of the Griffon is designated MEPAC, for Embedded Mortar for Contact Support, the mortar in question being…

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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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