French Armed Forces : News,photos,videos

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    I thought it was a good thing to open a thread where I/we could post news/photos/videos about the french armed forces in a single thread.
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    The HK416 is new rifle of the French Armed Forces

    The French confirm, Heckler & Koch confirms. And now it is clear: the future of the French Army is German. HK416F is going to be the new standard weapon and will replace the FAMAS which has been used since the 1970s. 102.000 guns in the calibre of 5,56 mm x 45 NATO and 10.767 grenade launcher (HK2969F) in the calibre of 44 mm x 46 are also sold.
    Additional accessories, ammunition, various components, as well as services with a running time of 15 years will also arrive with the new rifle.

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    Heckler & Koch managed to succeed against Fabrique Nationale from Belgium, HS Produkt from Croatia, SIG Sauer from Eckernförde in Germany, and Beretta from Italy. But what is so special about the newHK416F service weapon for soldiers in every arm of the services (army, air force and navy) in the French army that will be established as of 2017?

    Udo Lücken from PMA-ODAL did some research for SOFREP on the data of the new French standard weapon:

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    The variation HK416F is based on the HK416A5 and can be used by left and right handed shooters. The clasp and the linkage of the HK416F is a gas pressure loader system which is similar to the AR-15 by Colt. The weapon will be delivered to the French army in the variations HK416F-S (standard, 14.5” –pipe/368 mm) and HK416F-C (commando, 11”-pipe/279 mm) in the ground color black (for missions in arid terrain with the color concept RAL8000).

    The weapon features a cold-hammered barrel with six grooves and a right hand spin. With a magazine capacity of 30 cartridges (or optional 20 round magazine) the HK416F corresponds to the NATO standards. The shot modes are safe, single fire, and auto, and they can be adjusted on both sides. The theoretical shot cadence is about 850 per min.

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    The total length of the HK416F can be changed by adjusting the shoulder stock support from 741 mm to 842mm (C-commando) or from 831mm to 931mm (S-standard version) for every soldier as he needs it. The weapon has a width of 77 mm (without attachments) and a height of 253 mm (without sight help). Therefore, it is comparatively slim and easy to grip. The S-version has an empty weight of 3.755 g; the C-version is slightly lighter with a weight of 3.450 g. Even though the HK has an open flip up sight, it also has sufficient capacity for further options caused by the numerous Picatinny rails. The sight distance is 340m and gives the possibility for precise fire.

    Besides France, also Norway has already made the HK416 their standard weapon. Even the army’s Commando special forces (KSK) and the antiterrorism unit, the border protection group 9 (GSG9), are using the HK416. Experts are already saying that the gun is the successor to the army’s G36. Further user countries are Czech (Special Forces), the Netherlands (Korbs Commandotroepen) and Poland (GROM). In the United States of America the HK416 can be found amongst the members of Delta Force, DEVGRU, and the US Army’s Asymmetric Warfare Group as well as at the Marine Corps in a modified version M27 (infantry Automatic Rifle) as an light machine gun.

    https://sofrep.com/65812/hk416-new-rifle-french-armed-forces/

    If I can add some things ;

    -The HK416F,as compared to the standard HK416A5 will not inlcude an adjustable gas regulator. (regular forces do not need tu run a supressor anyway.)
    -The HK416F will not include an integrated flip up sight in the rail system,meaning that it can be removed and that the upper rail system is much more extended : from the front all the way to the rear.
    -The lower rail system is a little bit shorter than on the standard HK416A5.
    -According to these pictures,the rifles will be equipped with the E1 stock instead of the slim line one.

    According to some sources,the initial target would be to acquire 117,000 HK416F instead of 102,000 rifles.
    We were to initially acquire 90,000 rifles. Then it increased to 102,000,to finally increase to 117,000.
     
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    Thanks for the thread, Vergennes!

    @MilSpec - What do you think about the choice? HK416F over the SCAR.
     
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    So they finally scrapped the FAMAS? The HK416 is a very good rifle actually.
     
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    SCAR-L is also very good but a lot of soldiers like the feel of the AR-15-like rifles best.
     
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    Meanwhile in the FREMM world...

    Launching of the frigate 'Bretagne'.



    First sea trials for the frigate 'Auvergne'. The FREMM frigates are named after french regions.

     
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    Rafale's new targeting pod gets airborne

    A key sensor update for the Dassault Rafale’s in-development F3R software standard is on track to deliver enhanced capability from mid-2018, according to Thales.

    Disclosing first details of an ongoing test campaign involving its targeting long-range identification optronic system (TALIOS) pod, Thales says the payload has been successfully flown using a Dassault Mirage 2000 testbed and a single-seat Rafale.

    Referring to a first test with the Rafale conducted earlier this year, the company says the pod’s electro-optical/infrared sensors “collected high-quality images taken during the ‘day’ channel” on the 2h sortie, which was flown from the DGA defence procurement agency’s Istres test site in the south of France.

    Thales has so far secured an order for 20 TALIOS pods – previously referred to as the PDL-NG – from an expected 45 to be acquired for the French air force and navy. Series production of the system will begin in 2018, following the completion of performance measurement tests next year, the company says.

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    According to the manufacturer, the new pod’s capabilities will range from “[supporting] deep strike with precision-guided munitions to air-to-air target identification and close air support” by day and night.

    The Rafale’s F3R standard – which will introduce capabilities including the MBDA Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile – is due to achieve operational readiness in mid-2018.

    https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/rafales-new-targeting-pod-gets-airborne-430526/

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    A combined fleet of Rafale from the navy and the air force were involved in a mission to destroy ISIS IED plants,using SCALP cruise missiles.



    Fly in a Mirage2000 involved in the protection of the baltic countries' airspace. @Hellfire You might like it.



    There's also these scenes from the movie "Les Chevaliers du Ciel" that I really like. @PARIKRAMA

     
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    DCNS and Airbus Helicopters join forces to design the French Navy’s future tactical VTOL drone system

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    Paris,
    DCNS, a world leader in naval defence, and Airbus Helicopters, the world’s leading helicopter manufacturer, are joining forces to design the future tactical component of France’s Naval Aerial Drone (Système de Drones Aériens de la Marine - SDAM) programme. By pooling naval and aerospace skills and expertise, the teaming of DCNS and Airbus Helicopters will be equipped to address all technical challenges arising from the naval integration of the drones through the creation of a robust system architecture that can evolve and adapt to meet every need.

    Ten years of experience in the naval integration of aerial drones


    For DCNS, drones are the roving eyes of the battle system; their missions are overseen by each ship’s combat management system, ensuring increased effectiveness in real time in support of naval operations. Offering a genuine tactical advantage, the VTOL (Vertical Take Off and Landing) drone is an organic component of warships and augments the operational potential of naval forces.


    DCNS CEO Hervé Guillou said: “We will continue to innovate in these areas and give drones the capability to perform increasingly complex missions over greater distances and timeframes in an interoperable environment with increased digitalisation of resources. Such digitalisation hinges on the roll-out of cybersecurity solutions that offer better protection of data and communications between drones and ships.”

    DCNS’s role in the partnership will be to design and supply the entire warship-integrated VTOL drone system. DCNS will design and develop the solutions for the ship-based operation and integration of the drone, including the specification and validation of the payloads and mission data links. DCNS will also produce the drone’s mission system, which will enable real-time management of its operations and allow its payloads to be controlled through the combat management system.

    Over the last ten years, DCNS has successfully overseen the French armaments procurement agency (DGA) and French Navy’s main aerial drone study and trial programs, operating both on its own and in partnership. In the process, the Group has acquired know-how that is unique in Europe and possesses solutions for integrating aerial drone systems in warships or enabling them to operate on ships. These solutions have been tested at sea.





    The VSR 700: a multi-faceted and robust solution

    A versatile and affordable platform, the VSR700 has been developed by Airbus Helicopters with a view to providing military customers with a solution that leverages a tried and tested civil aircraft and strikes the best possible balance between performance, operational flexibility, reliability and operating costs. Harnessing autonomous flight technologies that have been tested by Airbus Helicopters through a range of demonstration programs, the VSR700 is derived from a light civil helicopter, the Cabri G2 (developed by the company Hélicoptères Guimbal), which has proven its reliability and low operating costs in service.

    Under the terms of the partnership, Airbus Helicopters will be responsible for designing and developing the VSR700 drone as well as the various technologies needed for drones to perform aerial missions, such as data liaison, payload and a “see and avoid” capability enabling the drone’s integration into airspace.

    “Rotary-wing drones will play a crucial role in tomorrow’s air/sea theatres of operation, performing the role of a roving eye and extending the coverage of surface vessels over the horizon,” said Airbus Helicopters CEO Guillaume Faury. “This partnership will see Airbus Helicopters pool its expertise in vertical flight and autonomous flight technologies with the skills DCNS possesses in naval combat systems, allowing us to respond to the emerging needs of our customers.”

    Thanks to the VSR700’s specifications, the system boasts superior endurance and payload performance to any comparable system used to date. The device offers big capability with a small size and logistics footprint, resulting in less maintenance and straight forward integration to a broad range of surface vessels.

    http://www.airbushelicopters.com/we...s-future-tactical-VTOL-drone-system_2036.html
     
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    http://www.defensenews.com/articles/thales-shows-off-autonomous-stealth-drone-at-euronaval


    Thales Shows Off Autonomous Stealth Drone at Euronaval

    By: Pierre Tran, October 19, 2016 (Photo Credit: Thales Group)

    PARIS — Thales presented at the Euronaval trade show its work on a stealthy, multimission drone dubbed the Autonomous Underwater and Surface System (AUSS), a company-funded “black program” pitched at the French Navy and other navies.

    A black program is one that is sensitive in nature and previously undisclosed.

    The AUSS drone has a tapered nose, is torpedo-shaped with the standard 21-inch diameter, and is designed for anti-submarine missions, mine warfare and civil missions underwater and on the surface, Thales executives told reporters Oct. 17. That flush design helps autonomy. The company is in talks with undisclosed potential clients to design a full solution.

    Thales spent three years, invested millions of euros, and teamed with 19 small and medium companies to build a prototype, which has undergone five sea trials at Brest, northwest France. The company combined its sonar and systems experience to develop the drone and will talk to more firms to add capabilities.

    An AUSS drone is designed to carry payloads to collect sonar, visual and electronic data, and link up on satellite communication. The aim is to deliver an agile "pool dancing" device capable of a 360-degree turn, a speed of 17 knots and an emergency stop of 10 meters. Two weeks of mission is offered.

    A key feature is to hold the drone stable out of sight just below the surface and extend a sensor mast for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance of activity on shore. That surface operation is a departure from the established underwater operations of Thales sonar activities.

    “It marks the coming of age of the unmanned maritime systems industry in France," Pierre Eric Pommellet, senior vice president of Thales Defence Mission Systems, said in a statement.

    In civil operations, the drone could be used for inspection of offshore oil and gas platforms and pipeline.

    The “crown jewel” is a great deal of software intended to allow long-range and long-distance operation after deployment by submarine, ship or via the shore, a Thales executive said. That software underpins the autonomy that aims to allow the drone to "decide for itself" how to operate safely. Thales will work with naval shipbuilder DCNS to develop a means to fit the drone on ships and submarines.

    Thales executives declined to comment on whether the drone might be fitted on the Barracuda nuclear-powered attack submarine under construction for the French Navy.

     
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    As the President decided to increase army's size and to stop all the cuts,new companies are being created across all the regiments of the french army. But new regiments are being raised or re-activated.
    The 5th Dragoon Regiment (in french 5e Régiment de Dragons) is officially reactivated after being disbanded in 2003.
    It will be based in Mailly-Le-Camp in eastern France. As a result,more than 1100 newly recruited soldiers will join this regiment. This decision will help the local economy as 600 families are planning to move there.

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    http://france3-regions.francetvinfo...s-mailly-le-camp-10-1046435.html#xtor=CS1-747
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    For the small history : This regiment was created in 1668 during Louis XIV's reign. It has a long and rich history. It participated in many wars of the Ancien Régime,the war of coalitions,the Napoleonic wars,the franco-prussian war,the first world war,the second world war.
    It also participated in many famous battles such as the battles of Valmy,Austerlitz and the Marne.
     
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    Ceremony of the creation of the 3rd division in Marseille. The division manages 3 brigades comprising 25 regiments,totalling about 30.000 personnels.

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    Love their uniform.
     
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    The MoD confirmed that the 13th Demi-Brigade of the Foreign Legion will be the first to receive the new HK416F.
    It will also be among the first to receive the new multi-role Griffon armored vehicles. The regiment that left the UAE to the mainland France will continue to see its size increased to reach more than 1,200 personnels in 2018.
    The MoD also reminded the efforts to increase the FFL size which increased from 6.000 to more than 8.000 personnels. (without officers included)

    http://lemamouth.blogspot.fr/2016/10/la-13e-dble-aura-les-premiers-hk416.html

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    Where are FFL deployed in the world currently?
     
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    Everywhere there is trouble in Africa, and traditional French 'allies' and countries part of erstwhile French colonial structure.
     
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