Armoured Cavalry Arm

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An AMX-30 of the French Division Daguet bivouacked near Al-Salman during Opération Daguet in the First Gulf War.

The Armoured Cavalry Arm (French: Arme blindée cavalerie, ABC) (French pronunciation: ​[aʁm blɛ̃de kavalʁi]) is a component of the French Army. It was formed after World War II by merging the combat tank and cavalry branches. It operates the majority of France's armoured vehicles, though a small minority of France's armour is still operated by infantry regiments. It continues the traditions of the French cavalry and combat tank branches from which it is descended, as well as those of the defunct horse artillery, from which it is not actually descended.

Its training establishment is the Cavalry School in Saumur.

Military doctrine[edit]

Alignment of AMX-30 tanks during the Cold War.

The employment doctrine of the arme blindée et cavalerie includes the traditional missions of the cavalry adapted to a modern context:

List of regiments[edit]

In 2017, the Armoured Cavalry Branch of the French Army consists of:

4 Tank regiments, which field 60x Leclerc main battle tanks each:

4 Cavalry regiments, which field a mix of AMX 10 RC and ERC 90 wheeled tanks:

5 combat support regiments:

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