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Discussion in 'Europe & Russia' started by Vergennes, Oct 19, 2016.

  1. Vergennes

    Vergennes Strategist Staff Member MILITARY STRATEGIST

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    Highly unlikely that France will deploy troops anywhere especially in these times of heavy commitments we are already facing in France or elsewhere abroad.

    Developing new camos for vehicles was already a long planned idea.

    Nothing yet. I'll post more infos as soon as it will be available.

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    France is ready for the NATO Tiger Meet 2017 !

    Rafale M

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    Rafale from the Squadron 3/30 Lorraine.

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    BMD Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    http://www.defense-aerospace.com/ar...al-cruise-missile-quietly-enters-service.html

    French Naval Cruise Missile Enters Service (excerpt)
    (Source: Mer et Marine; posted June 06, 2017)
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    The French navy has quietly begun to deploy its first Missile de Croisière Naval (MdCN) cruise missile on its FREMM-class frigates. It will also arm French submarines, giving them a new land-attack capability that they presently lack. (FR navy photo)

    The French Navy now has at its disposal a new sea-based deep-strike capability. The first MdCN naval cruise missiles quietly entered service in February as part of the combat systems carried by the force’s first FREMM multi-mission frigates.

    Six FREMMs to carry cruise missiles by 2019

    The French fleet will soon count three FREMM frigates armed with MdCN cruise missiles, the first of their type to be developed in Europe. The Aquitaine and Provence followed by the Languedoc which is scheduled to enter service in a few weeks. By 2019, these three will be joined by the Auvergne, the Bretagne and the Normandie. Each FREMM frigate will be equipped with two A70 eight-cell vertical-launch silos for a total of 16 MdCN missiles designed, developed and produced in France by MBDA.

    The first cruise missile developed in Europe was fired for the first time by FREMM frigate Aquitaine in May 2015. This qualification firing was followed by other tests and trials until MBDA was in a position to deliver production missiles for operational deployment.

    Designed to knock out remote land targets

    The MdCN is based on the Scalp EG air-launched cruise missile now in service with Mirage 2000 and Rafale combat aircraft deployed by the French Air Force and Rafale Marine aircraft carried by the Navy’s Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier. The naval version is 7 metres long, including the booster, and weighs 2 tonnes. This fire-and-forget missile deploys its wings after leaving the launcher then flies at around 1,000km/h using multiple modes of navigation.

    The guidance system combines inertial navigation, a radio-altimeter and a GPS receiver enabling the missile to fly a precise course at low altitude. During the approach phase, an IR seeker guides the warhead to within a metre or so of its target. The MdCN carries an advanced warhead designed to knock out strategic targets in hardened shelters.

    While the weapon’s precise range remains a military secret, trade sources suggest that it is at least 1,000km. Vessels armed with MdCN missiles will be able to strike strategic targets deep inside enemy territory with unprecedented precision from a safe stand-off distance. For example, a ship off Cyprus could readily knock out a target near, say, Mosul in northern Iraq. (end of excerpt)
     
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    BMD Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    Any word on range yet. I'm going to guess quite far given length - 0.8m longer than Tomahawk but then if it uses the same engine as the SCALP, that is a good bit more thirsty (50% higher SFC).

    As a ball-park figure I'm estimating same as Tomahawk. 3m warhead and control section, 0.5m engine section, leaves 2.05m fuel for Tomahawk and 2.9 for MdCN, assuming same 0.6m rocket section.

    [(2.9/2.05) * (0.682/1.03)] = 0.94 x range of Tomahawk.
     
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    Vergennes Strategist Staff Member MILITARY STRATEGIST

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    @Fox

    HK-416F,NFM vest,who could ask for better ? :D

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    Fox Supreme Overlord FULL MEMBER

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    I think I'm in love:wub:.

    What's the words from the troops? How do they rate their new gear? And do bayonets get a lot of use in the French Armed Forces? I've only seen them used ceremonially around here, not that you could even use one as a weapon with how flimsy the adapter is:confused:.

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    Abingdonboy Major Technical Analyst

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    Vergennes Strategist Staff Member MILITARY STRATEGIST

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    I've heard no feedbacks yet,but probably good as the vest coupled with the FELIN system components allow a gain of weight of 5kg ! Not adding its total modularity with no less tan 8 configurations possible depending on the operationnal needs ! NFM is made by soldiers for soldiers,quality is here I am sure.

    The bayonet is also used during ceremonials. Below,firefighters from the Paris fire brigade during the 14th july parade.

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    Last time it was used in French army was in 1995 when French Marine infantrymen led a bayonet charge to re-take the Vrbanja bridge from the Serbs.

    "May 27, 1995 - During the siege of Sarajevo, the French Marine infantrymen from the 3rd RIMA led a bayonet charge to regain the Vrbanja bridge against the Serbs. Had they failed to do so, the Serbs could have taken the city." @Hellfire @Gessler @Nilgiri @Abingdonboy @PARIKRAMA @anant_s



    In fact,it might have been the last bayonet charge ever conducted.

    They are. BTW,It will also be possible to re-use the current optics used on the FAMAS rifles on the 416.
     
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    Hellfire Devil's Advocate Staff Member MODERATOR

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    Interesting tidbit of history there. Thanks for the share. By the above comment, I am sure you meant for French alone :)

    We have had our in 1999 and later too ;)
     
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    Vergennes Strategist Staff Member MILITARY STRATEGIST

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    Can you say more ? :)
     
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    Hellfire Devil's Advocate Staff Member MODERATOR

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    Nope.

    Our troops did engage in hand to hand fights in Kargil, then we had in 2003 few places where we er ... occupied places occupied by Pakistani forces after ... bayonetting them
     
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    Always handy, just in case you get trapped in a tool shed.
     
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    BMD Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    So all the SAMs are under AF control not Army?
     
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    Picdelamirand-oil Lt. Colonel MILITARY STRATEGIST

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    14 July (Bastille day) Air show
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    6 F-16 and 2 F-22 !!!
     
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