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]

Weapons[edit]

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

Other equipment[edit]

Vehicles[edit]

Name Origin Type Number Photo Notes
Armoured vehicles
AMX Leclerc  France Main battle tank
In storage
254
152
Leclerc-openphotonet PICT6015.JPG Will be reducing to 200 in service and 206 in storage under future plans.[5]
AMX-30B2  France Main battle tank (OPFOR training) 17 AMX-30 1 Bovington.jpg
VBCI  France Includes: 500 VCBI-openphotonet PICT6027.JPG 500 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 256 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: 3,121 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
VHM Armoured[9][10]
 Sweden
 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 1,594 VBL RHP Afghanistan.JPG
PVP  France Armoured car 1,053[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 5 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
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.

Artillery[edit]

Surface to surface artillery[edit]

AuF1 self-propelled howitzer

Anti-aircraft artillery[edit]

Aircraft[edit]

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
Helicopters
Eurocopter Tiger  Europe Attack helicopter 39 41 more on order.
NHIndustries NH90  Europe Transport helicopter 7 2 batches of 34 ordered, 68 total[19]
Aérospatiale Puma  France Transport helicopter 90
Eurocopter Caracal  France Transport helicopter 8 More on order.
Eurocopter Cougar  France Transport helicopter 23
Aérospatiale Gazelle  France Reconnaissance helicopter 141 One lost on 11 January 2013.[20]
Eurocopter Fennec  France Training helicopter 18
UAVs
Crecerelle  France Reconnaissance 12
CL-289  United Kingdom
 Canada
 Germany
Reconnaissance 54 Developed in the 1960s.
Sperwer  France Reconnaissance 18

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Les chiffres clés de la défense 2012" (in French). Defense.gouv.fr. 
  2. ^ "Les chiffres clés de la Défense – Édition 2011" (in French). Defense.gouv.fr. 30 September 2011. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Key defence figures 2013" (in French). Defense.gouv.fr. 
  4. ^ "France launches FAMAS replacement tender". www.janes.com. 2014-05-22. Retrieved 2014-05-23. 
  5. ^ "Le Livre blanc 2013" (in French). Defense.gouv.fr. 
  6. ^ "French receive 500th VBCI". Army Recognition. 
  7. ^ a b http://www.janes.com/article/33205/france-launches-major-new-vehicle-programmes France Launches Major New Vehicle Programs
  8. ^ "FRANCE". Armedforces.co.uk. Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  9. ^ "French Army receives first BvS10 vehicles". Army-technology.com. 29 November 2011. Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  10. ^ Christopher F Foss (11 June 2011). "French Army builds up all-terrain fleet". Ihs.com. Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  11. ^ "Bv206S Tracked Armoured Personnel Carrier, Sweden". Army-technology.com. Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  12. ^ "One thousand PVP light armored vehicles in service". Armyrecognition.com. 14 July 2012. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  13. ^ "Defender : le véhicule polyvalent de l'armée de Terre" (in French). defense.gouv.fr. 28 June 2010. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  14. ^ "VPS Light 4x4 Special Forces patrol vehicle". Armyrecognition.com. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  15. ^ "Update: France receives first upgraded M270 LRU". www.janes.com. 2014-02-14. Retrieved 2014-04-28. 
  16. ^ "French Army to Upgrade 13 M270 to Launch the M31 Guided Unitary Rocket". www.deagel.com. 2011-09-08. Retrieved 2014-04-28. 
  17. ^ "Les chiffres de la defense edition 2011" (in French). Defense.gouv.fr. 30 September 2011. Retrieved 7 July 2012. 
  18. ^ Flight Global World Air Forces 2014
  19. ^ France Orders 34 More NH90 Helicopters – Defense-Aerospace.com, 30 May 2013
  20. ^ Air Forces Monthly. Stamford, Lincolnshire, England: Key Publishing Ltd. March 2013. p. 32. 

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