Modern equipment of the French Army

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Modern equipment of the French Army is a list of equipment currently in service with the French Army. Figures are provided by the French Ministry of Defense for 31 December 2013.[1][2][3]

Infantry equipment[edit]


The FAMAS is the service rifle of the French military.
The Félin electronic systems allow firing while maintaining cover

Other equipment[edit]


Name Origin Type Number[5] Photo Notes
Armoured vehicles
AMX Leclerc  France Main battle tank
In storage
Leclerc-openphotonet PICT6015.JPG
AMX-30B2  France Main battle tank (OPFOR training) 17 AMX-30 1 Bovington.jpg
VBCI  France Includes: 604 VCBI-openphotonet PICT6027.JPG 604 in service, out of a total order of 630. 110 of the vehicles are the armoured command variant.[6]
AMX-10 RC  France Armoured recce, light tank 248 AMX-10-RC.JPG Will be replaced by 248 EBRC vehicles.[7]
ERC 90 Sagaie  France Armoured recce, light tank 110 ERC-90 Sagaie 008 FR.JPG
VAB  France Includes: 3,135 54RA-IMG 9125.jpg Will be replaced by 2,080 VBMR vehicles.[7] Vehicle numbers include some: 100 VAB MILAN, 175 VAB ERYX, 25 VAB Reco,[8] 30 VCAC Mephisto and 92 VOA.[1]
VHM Armoured[9][10]
 United Kingdom
Armoured personnel carrier 53 VHM-1, (Véhicule haute mobilité), French army licence registration '6932 0993' photo-2.JPG Order split between Bv206S[11] and BvS10
VBL  France Armoured car 1,470 VBL RHP Afghanistan.JPG
PVP  France Armoured car 1,183[12] Festival automobile international 2011 - Panhard PVP APC - 01.jpg
Renault Sherpa 3  France Armoured car 0 Renault Sherpa HI.jpg 33 on order.
Buffalo  United States Mine-resistant ambush protected 4 Buffalo mine-protected vehicle.jpg
Nexter Aravis  France Mine-resistant ambush protected 14 Nexter Aravis à Strasbourg, 2010 (3).jpg
Engin Blindé du Génie  France Armoured engineering vehicle 42 20060714 defile blindes p1040887.jpg Used with 14 SDPMAC (Mine Clearance Explosives) Systems.
Leclerc DCL  France Armoured recovery vehicle 18 Char de Dépannage DNG-DCL 14 juillet 2006.jpg
AMX-30D  France Armoured recovery vehicle 58 EBG-cote-droit.JPG
Unarmoured Vehicles
TRM 10000  France Truck ~1,000 TRM-10000 Citerne 014 FR.JPG
TRM 2000  France Truck TRM-2000 002.JPG
Renault GBC 180  France Truck ~5,500 Renault GBC 180.jpg
VLRA  France Truck VLRA TPK 4 25 STL Pamela 009.JPG
Peugeot P4  France Light Utility Vehicle 13,500 French Peugeot P4 dsc06852.jpg
Land Rover Defender  United Kingdom Light Utility Vehicle 550[13] Land Rover Defender FR Army - Strasbourg.jpg
VPS[14]  France Light Utility Vehicle 0 Used by special forces. 51 ordered.


Surface to surface artillery[edit]

AuF1 self-propelled howitzer

Anti-aircraft artillery[edit]

  • Mistral – very short-range surface-to-air missile system (126)[3]


Further information: French Army Light Aviation
Sperwer tactical reconnaissance UAV
Aircraft Origin Type Quantity[3][17][18] Notes
Fixed-wing aircraft
Pilatus PC-6   Switzerland Training aircraft 5
SOCATA TBM  France VIP transport & Utility 8
Eurocopter Tiger  Europe Attack helicopter 49 31 more on order.
NHIndustries NH90  Europe Transport helicopter 13 2 batches of 34 ordered, 68 total[19]
Aérospatiale Puma  France Transport helicopter 88
Eurocopter Caracal  France Transport helicopter 8 More on order.
Eurocopter Cougar  France Transport helicopter 24
Aérospatiale Gazelle  France Reconnaissance helicopter 127 One lost on 11 January 2013.[20]
Eurocopter Fennec  France Training helicopter 18
Crecerelle  France Reconnaissance 12
CL-289  United Kingdom
Reconnaissance 54 Developed in the 1960s.
Sperwer  France Reconnaissance 18


  1. ^ a b "Les chiffres clés de la défense 2012" (in French). 
  2. ^ "Key defence figures 2013" (in French). 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Key defence figures 2014" (in French). )
  4. ^ "France launches FAMAS replacement tender". 2014-05-22. Retrieved 2014-05-23. 
  5. ^ "Chiffres clés de la Défense 2014" 28 August 2014 (in French)
  6. ^ "French receive 500th VBCI". Army Recognition. 
  7. ^ a b France Launches Major New Vehicle Programs
  8. ^ "FRANCE". Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  9. ^ "French Army receives first BvS10 vehicles". 29 November 2011. Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  10. ^ Christopher F Foss (11 June 2011). "French Army builds up all-terrain fleet". Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  11. ^ "Bv206S Tracked Armoured Personnel Carrier, Sweden". Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  12. ^ "One thousand PVP light armored vehicles in service". 14 July 2012. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  13. ^ "Defender : le véhicule polyvalent de l'armée de Terre" (in French). 28 June 2010. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  14. ^ "VPS Light 4x4 Special Forces patrol vehicle". Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  15. ^ "Update: France receives first upgraded M270 LRU". 2014-02-14. Retrieved 2014-04-28. 
  16. ^ "French Army to Upgrade 13 M270 to Launch the M31 Guided Unitary Rocket". 2011-09-08. Retrieved 2014-04-28. 
  17. ^ "Les chiffres de la defense edition 2011" (in French). 30 September 2011. Retrieved 7 July 2012. 
  18. ^ Flight Global World Air Forces 2014
  19. ^ France Orders 34 More NH90 Helicopters –, 30 May 2013
  20. ^ Air Forces Monthly. Stamford, Lincolnshire, England: Key Publishing Ltd. March 2013. p. 32. 

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