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  1. FoxZz

    ATGM malfunction?

    Are you refering to this video ? If yes, it was French SF and Peshmerga firing a Milan at a VBIED that missed, so they fired a Javelin that destroyed it.
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    A plea for a French Army DLC

    It's not about the army but more about the society we live in. For example, living in Ukraine is much harsher than living in Canada. Yeah hope more armies make it into CM:BS, it's a great game, would be even better with more diversity.
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    A plea for a French Army DLC

    Well officers are another matter altogether. There are a lot of sociological differences between officers and soldiers. Officers are often coming from a military background, they often go through military lycées (high school) before going into military "prepa" which are cramm schools to prepare the competitive exams of the french elite "grandes écoles" among which is St-Cyr, the French army military academy. The cadets then choose their affectation according to their ranking, the best one choose first. Since the Legion is very prestigious, best offficers often choose Legion or Airborne. As a a result, officers that arrive in the Legion at 23 are often in a military environment, with a rough lifestyle and a lot of PE, since they're 16, being in the military is for them a life goal, it's their career. There is of course other ways and trajectories to become an officier in the french army, but in any case, physical level requirred for officers in general is very high because they're supposed to show example and lead from the front. Regarding soldiers, French army is facing a similar problem than many other western armies which is "softer" youth, a military condition that requires a lot of sacrifices in a more and more individualistic society, and suffers from the private sector competition (no draftees anymore). As a result, a lot of efforts are put in adapting the training and the military lifetsyle to keep soldiers longer. In the meantime, the size of the FFL compared to the rest of the army is growing in part because being able to recruit out of this western pool negates this human ressources issues.
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    A plea for a French Army DLC

    It's not really that they don't like them, it's more that westerners are "softer" and hence, don't adapt as easilly to the rough legion lifetsyle, as a result, there is lot more westerners giving up than easterners, especially when you consider that the pay while being crazy good for africans for example, will be quite low for americans. But those who manage to go through are perfectly integrated, furthermore, French work very often with Brits and US soldiers which means native English speakers will always be appreciated as they ease the communication process. Diversity of backgrounds is what makes FFL very effective. More broadly I'm glad people are supporting the inclusion of French army in the game. And altough I don't expect much, I'll keep posting some interesting news from time to time to make people more familiar with French army and its capabilities. And maybe one day a surprise will happen haha.
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    A plea for a French Army DLC

    Hello guys, Just a quick update, French army has just used for the first time the Bonus shell (I wrote about it in the OP) in operations. On the 3rd of December, French Artillery received the order to destroy a column of ISIS vehicles on the move, they fired 4 bonus shells from their CAESAR howizers and destroyed 8 technicals. This happened near the town of Hajin in Syria (https://www.google.com/maps/place/Hajin,+Syrie/@34.4214663,40.7112374,10z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x154625b5eac1ec3f:0x7afb8d08c6f735f!8m2!3d34.6866678!4d40.8348715) French gun are only operating in Irak which means they fired over the border, which is at around 30kms of Irak. This means that it was quite a long range shot ! Maximum range of CAESAR guns is around 40kms. Here is the French report : I was wondering if such a shell could be modelled in CM:BS.
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    A plea for a French Army DLC

    Yeah the Jaguar is 8 tons heavier than the AMX10RC, but protection is miles away from what it used to be, Level 4 is the base all around protection while it was the max frontal arc of the 10RC, mines protection has also increased dramatically. Bigger vehicles is a trend that you'll see everywhere in the industry and that's why the A400M program is so critical. The Griffon vehicle for example will also weight 25 tons, which is 10 tons more than the Ultima version of the VAB. We will have to wait for the mobility trials, but it's indeed a point of concern on my side considering it's much heavier but remains on a 6x6 format. That being said, huge progress were made in the field of wheeled mobility, and it also has a good power to weight ratio, so time will tell ! Its width was limited by the French rail transportation, otherwise it would've probably been larger. It's indeed almost 1 meter taller than the 10RC, although I suspect those figures to include the optic pods, which are quite tall. The hull is also higher because of different design choices on the chassis (mainly ease of maintenance, mine resistance and cost reductions). I think it will have an outstanding situationnal awarness and recon capabilities, although, all those optics are quite exposed and could be easilly dammaged. But it's also a problem common with most vehicles today. I guess it's a tradeoff that you have to make if you want to have good SA. All crew members will have both an direct optic channel and a TV/thermal channel though, so there is a good redundancy. What I would have liked is a coaxial MG for the gunner in addition to the RWS (and maybe a .50 RWS instead of a .30) , so it can use another weapon with more ammo if a shell isn't needed, a coaxial is also more protected than a RWS. MGs are actually used a lot by tank crews. I'm also disapointed that the longer range version of the MMP was postponed. It is a great missile, but it doesn't use the full potential of the platform considering it could have supported a much heavier missile. MMP is first and foremost and man portable missile. 2 ready to fire is enough I think, it's 8 distributed in a platoon, altough they could fit an additional 2 on the other side of the turret (I think it's planned for export). VAB HOT carried more, but it also needed direct LoS and and to stay put to fire, which isn't the case with the MMP (LOAL, F&F). I'm curious what changes will be brought to the design after the trials.
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    A plea for a French Army DLC

    It's a wheeled Combat and Recon vehicle, it will equip the cavalry regiment from the medium brigades, while the cavalry regiment from the heavy brigades will have their Leclerc tanks modernised. It's main armament is the CTA40 cannon, which is basically an improved 40mm in a 25mm package, and it is also equiped with the new 5th gen MMP atgm to deal with heavy armour. It's the equivalent of the British Ajax (which shares the same gun), the Australian Boxer CRV, the USMC LAV-25 or the new army Stryker Dragoon. Although it has a classic tank design, with engine in the back, instead of an IFV conversion. It allows it to be lighter and lower. Although France will lose its wheeled platform with high caliber guns, the autocannon + atgm + automated 120mm combo should make up for it (MEPAC mortar : http://www.tda-armements.com/content/mo-120-mm-2r2m). Base all around protection is STANAG 4, and it can recieve additional armour packages, RPG kits, hard-kill kits. The crew is protected within a survival cell, which is even more protected and mobility elements also received additional protection. So unless it is hit by a full caliber sabot, crew should survive and be able to bring back the vehicle. It also has avery high anti-mine protection and high mobility. 300 are ordered and deliveries should be completed by 2030. Here is an in depth review video, although in Frenchn you can but translated subtitles. Keep in mind it's only the first prototype, designed will be refined with trials before it enters full production. It's the replacement of the old AMX10RCs, ERC90s, and VAB HOT : http://www.janes.com/article/80133/jaguar-prototype-unveiled It is part of the French Scorpion program, which aims at modernising the French battlegroups, especially their vehicles. It is similar to the British FRES/Strike program. It includes the replacement of the old VAB, the wheeled tanks and the modernisation of the Leclerc tank. Here is the replacement of the VAB, without its appliqué armour kit : http://www.armyrecognition.com/french_army_france_wheeled_armoured_vehicle_uk/griffon_vbmr_6x6_multi-role_armoured_vehicle_ebmr_scorpion_technical_data_sheet_specifications.html And here is the 4x4 version : http://defense-update.com/20180212_vbmr-l.html Those vehicles will be in multiple versions, Mortar version (MEPAC), Ambulance, Artillery, etc. Scorpion also includes the Felin infantry program and last but not least the CONTACT radio, which is a new radio software that will equip all the armed forces from tanks and infanry to helicopters and planes, it will allow all those elements to communicate directly together in a "numeric battlefield", it is currently being fielded. It also includes the new service rifles for French troops, the HK-416F, and a new ATGM replacing Milan and HOT, the MMP. http://www.armyrecognition.com/france_french_army_light_and_heavy_weapons_uk/mmp_mbda_medium_range_anti-tank_surface-to-surface_missile_data.html https://sofrep.com/65812/hk416-new-rifle-french-armed-forces/ Basically in the 2025, French medium brigades will be mainly made of the Jaguar Recon vehicle, the Griffon 6x6 and 4x4 and the CAESAR 6x6. The Heavy Brigades will have Modernised Leclerc MBTs, VBCI 8x8, and the CAESAR 8x8. Hope all this answer your questions. Do you disagree or are you surprised by the design/concept ? @kinophile
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    Not the good way to do it imho. At platoon level it should be a M240B not a M249. I think it would have been better to look for a lighter saw, something like that for example: https://www.knightarmco.com/12627/shop/military/lamg
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    A plea for a French Army DLC

    For those interested, the first prototypes for the replacement of the old AMX10 RCs, ERC90 Sagaies and VAB HOT are out ! https://www.edrmagazine.eu/france-jaguar-unveiled-ahead-of-eurosatory-exhibition
  10. Ok, lol, it's indeed much more understable now ! Thanks !
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    I'm not convinced by the 300% increase in firepower. An IAR is just an HK 416 rifle with a bipod, an acog and a 16" barrel, so basically, a better M16A2. I hardly see how it replaces a M249 and its much bigger supressive fire abilities.
  12. I must say I'm confused by your use of component in this sentence, what do you mean haha ? Very intesresting anecdotes though, always funny to have the other side views ! ----- To get back on the previous discussion, I agree with the fact that most of German Armed forces problems don't come from money. Even though they could definitely invest a lot more in defense considering their GDP and general wealth. When you look at the actual budgets, German, French and UK budgets are more or less in the same league, but there is a huge capability/readiness gap between France and UK and Germany. And it is even more striking when you consider that German armed forces have a much smaller navy, no nuclear detterent forces, no bases abroad and a lot fewer deployments. So with this level of expenditures and comitment, they should really have a much capable force. I really thing the problems comes from an organisational/cultural standpoint, and that before giving it more money, those problems shoud be fixed first otherwise it would just be wasted. If you were increasing the French and German budget in the same amount, probably the French/Brits would get twice the Germans return. I think it is very much link to how the German army spends its money and how it is organised. That was my take on the issue.
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    A plea for a French Army DLC

    I think Russians would veto any UN intervention and directly invade Ukraine themselves. And it would be difficult to oppose them considering you're describing a failed neo-nazi Ukrainian state and massacre of Russian minorities. Supporting the western regime would actually be a crime against humanity and nobody would risk it in the west. The West would face a situation very similar to the situation the French faced in Rwanda. An ally governement (Habiarimana/Perrechenko) is facing a rebellion supported from abroad which is ethnically different and with another language (Tutsi RPR supported from Uganda and English speaking/ Dombass separatists, from Russian minorities, speaking Russian and supported by Russia). Things go wild and a genocide starts, organised by your ally against the opposing ethinic minority (Hutu kill Tutski/Ukrainian kill Russian minorities). You want to support your ally but also stop the genocide. This inconfortable position only brings you international condamnations. So in this example, either Nato gets involved and will be accused of complicity of Genocide (exactly what happened to the French in Rwanda) or you get out of it and you let your ally bite the dust, which will eventually happend anyway, since he's on the wrong side of the argument and that the other side is supported by Russia. But in your example, I really don't see why the French would have to fight the US. It's possible that they disagree with a NATO intervention beacause they learned their lessons in Rwanda, in that case, if the US still wants to go, Frannce would just not go, as it did in Irak in 2003. And if they decide to get involved, they would share the same objective as the US : preventing genocide, avoiding Russian take-over. But the hypothesis of France and US fighting (for what reason really ?) each other is very much unrealistic, as is the an UN peacekeeping force anyway. That being said, tensions between peace-keerpers and "allied nations" do occur. In 2008 in Lebanon, Israeli air force killed several European blue helmet, and French peace-keapers and Isreali almost fought at 2 occasion. One was attacking-behaviour by Israeli F15s on French bases that almost prompted a Mistral fire, another one was when israeli attempted to breach the ceased Fire line with a several hours stand-off between Leclercs and Merkavas. But this was a completly different situation. A nation attacking UN peace-keepers in a direct confrontation would meet international outcry anyway.
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    Who's winning the tank war?

    To be honnest, having best gear doesn't really matters, as long as there is not a huge gap between the two (like T55 vs M1A2). What really matters is experience of the crew, training, speed of planing, quick decision making, coordination between branches, support, etc. The tank is just a smmall part of it. People tend to focus too much on it. There is plenty of examples where OPFOR forces with inferior gear, wipe the floor with regular army units in their last generation tanks. Human factor will always be the most important one. If Desert Storm was such a cake walk, it was mainly because of the training, not the tanks. You could have swapped the gear, result would have been the same.
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    A plea for a French Army DLC

    I really wasn't sure it was Russian, but definitely sounded very similar. I should probably have checked before hand :p.