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 2018.[1]

Infantry equipment[edit]

Pistols[edit]

Name Origin Type Cartridge Photo Notes
MAC 50  France Semi-automatic pistol 9 mm MAC-50 detoured.jpg In service since 1953. Being replaced.
PAMAS G1  France
 Italy
Semi-automatic pistol 9 mm DCB-Shooting MAS G1S.jpg Entered into operational service in 1989 with the national gendarmerie, in 1992 with the Air Force, and in 1999 for the Army and Navy. 97,502 weapons in 2002.[2]
Glock 17  Austria Semi-automatic pistol 9 mm GLOCK 17 Gen 4 Pistol MOD 45160305.jpg
HK USP.SD  Germany Semi-automatic pistol 9 mm HKUSP.png Used by French Army's special forces.

Submachine Guns[edit]

Name Origin Type Cartridge Photo Notes
HK MP5 A5
HK MP5 SD3
 Germany Submachine gun 9mm Heckler & Koch MP5-1.jpg Used by French Army's special forces.
FN P90  Belgium Submachine gun 5.7x28mm P90--.png Used by French Army's special forces.

Assault, battle rifles[edit]

Name Origin Type Cartridge Photo Notes
FAMAS F1  France Assault rifle 5.56mm Rifles FAMAS.jpg The FAMAS remains the standard-issue service rifle of the French military, with over 700,000 in total delivered. Scheduled to be phased out of service in the mid 2020s.
HK416 A5
HK416 D14.5RS
HK416 F
 Germany Assault rifle 5.56mm HK416N.jpg The HK416F will replace the FAMAS as the standard-issue assault rifle beginning in 2017. 102,000 weapons have been ordered.
FN SCAR-L  Belgium Assault rifle 5.56mm Scar L Standard.jpg Used by French Army's special forces.
M16 A2 M203
M16 723 M203
 United States Assault rifle 5.56mm M16A2 Rifle with M203 Grenade Launcher (7414627064).jpg Used by French Army's special forces.

Shotguns[edit]

Name Origin Type Cartridge Photo Notes
Benelli M3T Super 90  Italy Semi-automatic shotgun 12-Gauge Benelli M3 Super 90.jpg Used by French army's special forces.
Mossberg 500  United States Pump-action shotgun 12-Gauge PEO Mossberg 590A1.jpg Used by French army's special forces and units in French Guiana.

Sniper and Anti-materiel rifles[edit]

Name Origin Type Cartridge Photo Notes
FR-F2  France Sniper rifle 7.62 mm FRF2 lunette Schrome.jpg In service since 1986.
PGM Ultima Ratio  France Sniper rifle 7.62 mm Ultima Ratio Commando slovenske vojske.jpg
HK MSG90  Germany Sniper rifle 7.62 mm MSG 90 rifle museum 2014.jpg
HK 417  Germany Sniper rifle 7.62 mm Combater.jpg
PGM Hécate II  France Anti-materiel rifle 12.7 mm PGM Hecate.jpg

Machine Guns[edit]

Name Origin Type Cartridge Photo Notes
FN Minimi  Belgium Light machine gun 5.56mm FN MINIMI PARA 3.jpg
ANF1  France General purpose machine gun 7.62 mm Mitrailleuse-IMG 1728.jpg
FN MAG  Belgium General purpose machine gun 7.62 mm FN MAG.jpg 10, 881 ordered in 2011.
M2 Browning  United States Heavy machine gun .50 cal PEO M2E2-QCB HMG.jpg

Portable Anti-Materiel Weapons[edit]

Name Origin Type Caliber Photo Notes
AT4 CS  Sweden Anti-tank weapon 84mm AT4 2REI 1.jpg
MILAN  France
 Germany
Anti-tank guided missile 115mm Milan 2.jpg 528
FGM-148 Javelin  United States Fire-and-forget anti-tank missile 127mm FGM-148 Javelin (5160721562).jpg 76
ERYX  France Anti-tank guided missile 136mm ERYX-2ndFrInReg 2.jpg 678
MMP  France Fire-and-forget anti-tank missile 140mm MBDA MLP et MMP.JPG 120 in 2018 (400 have been ordered). Successor of MILAN.

Grenade-Based Weapons[edit]

Name Origin Type Caliber Photo Notes
LGI Mle F1 (Lance-grenade individuel Mle F1)  France Grenade launcher 51mm LGI entrainement.jpg
Heckler & Koch AG36  Germany Grenade launcher 40mm HK AGCEGLM.jpg Service in limited numbers since at least 2014. 10,767 ordered in September 2016.
M203 grenade launcher  United States Grenade launcher 40mm PEO M203A2 Grenade Launcher.jpg

Equipment[edit]

Vehicles[edit]

Armored Vehicles[edit]

Name Origin Variant Number Photo Notes
Tanks
AMX Leclerc  France Main battle tank 200 Leclerc-IMG 1744-b.jpg 206 in storage (406 in total)
Armoured Recce
AMX-10 RC  France Armoured recce 248 AMX-10-RC.JPG Will be replaced by EBRC Jaguar from 2020.[3]
ERC 90 Sagaie  France Armoured recce 70 ERC-90 Sagaie 008 FR.JPG Will be replaced by EBRC Jaguar from 2020.
Armoured personnel carriers
VBCI  France 628 VCBI-openphotonet PICT6027.JPG 110 of the vehicles are the armoured command variant.[4]
VAB  France 2,661 54RA-IMG 9125.jpg Will be replaced by VBMR Griffon from 2018.[3] Vehicle numbers include some: 100 VAB MILAN, 175 VAB ERYX, 25 VAB Reco,[5] 30 VCAC Mephisto and 89 VOA.
VHM
VHM Armoured[6][7]
 Sweden
 United Kingdom
Armoured personnel carrier 52 VHM-1, (Véhicule haute mobilité), French army licence registration '6932 0993' photo-2.JPG Order split between Bv206S[8] and BvS10
VBL  France Armoured car 1,446 VBL RHP Afghanistan.JPG
PVP  France Armoured car 1,167 Charleville mezieres defilé 14 juillet 2010 02.jpg
Armoured recovery
Leclerc DCL  France Armoured recovery vehicle 18 Char de Dépannage DNG-DCL 14 juillet 2006.jpg
AMX-30D  France Armoured recovery vehicle 30 AMX-30D-cote-droit.jpg

Engineering[edit]

Name Origin Variant Number Photo Notes
Armoured engineering vehicles
Nexter Aravis  France Mine-resistant ambush protected 13 Nexter Aravis à Strasbourg, 2010 (3).jpg
Buffalo  United States Mine-resistant ambush protected 4 Buffalo MRAP ( Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle ).JPG
Engin Blindé du Génie  France Armoured engineering vehicle 40 20060714 defile blindes p1040887.jpg Used with 14 SDPMAC (Mine Clearance Explosives) Systems.
MINOTAUR  France Anti-tank Mines Dispersion Vehicle[9]
Unarmoured engineering vehicles
ECA COBRA MK2  France Multi-function Military Robot 30 Used for Mine Clearing, Chemical detection, Reconnaissance

30 delivered in 2012

iRobot Packbot 510  United States Mine Clearing Robot 15
IRobot PackBot 510 E.T..JPG
Ordered in 2009
ECA UGV IGUANA  France Mine Clearing Robot 15 15 to be delivered in 2018 and 43 until 2024
EFA  France Ferry/Mobile bridge 30 (2013) French army EFA DSC00859 sans CRS.jpg
PFM  France Mobile bridge 70 (2013) Charleville mezieres defilé 14 juillet 2010 04.jpg
SPRAT  France Modular assault bridge 10 SPRAT, le 14 juillet 2012 à Paris.JPG
TNA  France Airborne leveling tractor 6[10] Tracto-niveleur aérolargable.jpg
MFRD  France Rapid Destruction Drilling Truck 122 MFRD 13e Genie 2007 07 14 n2.jpg
Liebherr LTM 1050-3.1  Germany Mobile crane 50 Liebherr telescopic crane photo-1.JPG
EGAME  France Bulldozer 35 UNAC dozer photo-1.JPG
SOUVIM  South Africa Interim Vehicle Mounted Mine Detector 8 Souvim2.JPG
MPG  France Loader ? Matériel Polyvalent du Génie MPG, photo-2.JPG
Caterpillar D6  United States Bulldozer 40 Bastille Day 2014 Paris - Motorised troops 080.jpg
EGRAP  United Kingdom Backhoe loader 92 Charleville mezieres defilé 14 juillet 2010 03.jpg
UNAC 20TRR  France Road–rail Excavator 2[11]
Scania P340  Sweden Dump truck 161[12] Camion-benne Scania du Génie, Paris 14 juillet 2017.jpg

Unarmored Vehicles[edit]

Name Origin Variant Number Photo Notes
Unarmoured Vehicles
VLRA  France Truck VLRA TPK 4 25 STL Pamela 009.JPG
VMA  France Airport crash tender Quartier Général Sabatier - Véhicule incendie.JPG Used by French Army Light Aviation.[13]
Peugeot P4  France Light Utility Vehicle 2,500 French Peugeot P4 dsc06852.jpg 13,500 delivered between 1982 and 1992, 600 withdrawn from service every year. Being replaced by VT4.
Land Rover Defender  United Kingdom Light Utility Vehicle 550[14] Land Rover Defender FR Army - Strasbourg.jpg
VPS[15]  France Light Utility Vehicle 51 MB G280CDI.jpg Used by special forces.
Polaris  United States All-terrain vehicle 300 Quad Polaris armée de terre, 14 juillet 2016, Paris.jpg Also used by French special forces.[16]
Renault Trafic III  France Minibus 60[17] Mission Vigipirate 2016 - Aix-les-Bains (73).jpg Used by counter terrorist forces.
Ford Ranger  France Light Utility Vehicle 3980[18] Véhicule Ford Ranger assurant l'opération militaire Sentinelle à Paris.jpg Used as all terrain transport. Based on Ford Ranger and militarised by the french company ACMAT.
Renault Master II  France Van Renault Master armée de terre, 14 juillet 2012, Paris.jpg
Renault Kangoo  France Light Utility Vehicle 460[17] Renault Kangoo II appartenant à la force Sentinelle.jpg Used by counter terrorist forces.

Artillery and air-defence[edit]

Name Origin Variant Number Photo Notes
Self-propelled artillery
AMX 30 AuF1  France 155 mm self-propelled howitzer 32 AMX AuF1, 40e régiment d'artillerie, Implementation Force, 1996.jpg
CAESAR  France 155 mm wheeled self-propelled howitzer 77 CAESAR (camion équipé d'un système d'artillerie) 1.jpg
M270 MLRS  United States 227mm self-propelled multiple rocket launcher 12 Bastille Day 2015 military parade in Paris 33.jpg
Towed artillery
TRF1  France 155 mm towed howitzer 12 Combined Endeavor 2013, live fire exercise 130917-A-KG432-008.jpg
Mortars
RTF1  France 120 mm mortar 140 French MO-120-RT-61 and Véhicule de Tracte Mortier 120 during Operation Desert Shield.JPEG
Mo 81 LLR F1  France 81 mm mortar Mortier 81 LLR 03.jpg
Anti-aircraft artillery
Mistral  France very short-range surface-to-air missile system 205 Bastille Day 2014 Paris - Motorised troops 074.jpg

Logistics[edit]

Name Origin Variant Number Photo Notes
Porteur polyvalent terrestre (PPT)  France
 Italy
  • PPLOG : Logistic vehicle
  • PPLD : Recovery vehicle
900 Villabé - 2014-10-23 - IMG 6938.jpg 1600 on order
TRM 10000  France Truck ~1,000 TRM-10000 Citerne 014 FR.JPG
TRM 700-100  France Truck 119 Renault TRm700-100 de l'Armée de Terre.jpg
TRM 2000  France Truck TRM-2000 002.JPG
Renault GBC 180  France Truck 5,500 Renault GBC 180.jpg
Vehicule porte conteneurs maritimes (VPCM)  France
 United Kingdom
8x8 Container carrier 12 VPCM BT120 ETAS.jpg
Camion citerne polyvalent (CCP10)  France
 Sweden
6x6 Tank transporter 461 Quartier Général Sabatier - Véhicule 8.JPG
Camion lourd de depannage routier (CLDR)  France 8x4 recovery vehicle ? Renault 400 recovery vehicle (1).jpg

Aircraft[edit]

Aircraft Origin Type Quantity[19] Photo Notes
Fixed-wing aircraft
Pilatus PC-6   Switzerland Transport & Parachuting 5 No. 891 MCE Pc-6 French Army (3217163443).jpg
SOCATA TBM  France VIP transport & Utility 8 Socata TBM-700, France - Army AN0323263.jpg
Helicopters
Eurocopter Tiger HAP/HAD  Europe Attack helicopter 70 French Army EC.665 Tigre (2938695834).jpg 40 HAP and 30 HAD. (All HAP will be upgraded to HAD standard)[20][21]
NHIndustries NH90  Europe Transport helicopter 36 P1080731 (15206952860).jpg 2 batches of 34 ordered in May 2013.[22] Six more helicopters were ordered in January 2016, bringing the total number of aircraft on order to 74.[23]
Aérospatiale Puma  France Transport helicopter 52 SA330 Puma - RIAT 2013 (10517596854).jpg Being replaced by NH90
Eurocopter Caracal  France Transport helicopter 8 French Army Cougar helicopter- Afghanistan.jpg Transferred to the Air Force by 2021.
Eurocopter Cougar  France Transport helicopter 26 Eurocopter AS-532UL Cougar, France - Army AN0633007.jpg
Aérospatiale Gazelle  France Reconnaissance helicopter 92 Gazelle SA342M.jpg One lost on 11 January 2013.[24]
Eurocopter Fennec  France Training helicopter 18 Fennec AS555UN 2.jpg
Eurocopter Calliope[25]  Europe Training helicopter 36 AirExpo 2015 - EC120.jpg
UAVs
Sperwer  France Reconnaissance 23 SPERWER B P1220856.jpg In service since 2005. Will be replaced from 2018 by the SAGEM Patroller.
EADS DRAC  France Reconnaissance 38[26]
Thales Spy'Ranger  France Reconnaissance 105 to be delivered in 2018 and 105 in 2019[27]
ECA IT180 DroGen  France Reconnaissance 5

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