French Army Leclerc upgrade gets under way

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  1. Vergennes

    Vergennes Captain Staff Member Ret. Military International Mod

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    Leclerc ARV with its dozer/stabiliser blade raised and crane partly elevated.

    Nexter Systems is moving forward with the upgrade of the French Army Leclerc main battle tanks (MBT) and armoured recovery vehicles (ARV).

    In March 2015, the French Procurement Agency, the DGA, awarded Nexter Systems a EUR300 million (USD339.5 million) contract covering 200 Renovated Leclerc MBTs and 18 Renovated Leclerc ARV.

    The first two prototypes of the Renovated Leclerc will be completed at Nexter's Roanne facility in 2018, and following trials the remaining 198 will be upgraded from 2020 through to 2028. There is the possibility that additional vehicles could be upgraded, as a total of 406 Leclercs were delivered to the French Army up to 2007.

    This upgrade will enable the MBT to make best use of its firepower and mobility within the future SCORPION joint tactical groups (GTIA). It includes the installation of an open electronic architecture, the new Contact tactical radio system, and the SCORPION Information and Command System (SICS) and associated displays, which will be installed in all of the French Army's existing and future armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs).

    The survivability of Leclerc will be improved through the development of kits that can be installed prior to deployment. These include a package that provides an enhanced level of protection against mines and improvised explosive devices (IED) and another to provide a higher level of protection against rocket-propelled grenades. It will also be able to accommodate with the Barage IED (improvised explosive device) jammer.

    The Leclerc's Nexter Systems 120 mm F1 smoothbore gun will be retained and in addition to firing the current range of ammunition, it will also fire a new Nexter Munitions high-explosive (HE) round that is under development.

    This insensitive-compliant round is designated the 120 mm HE M3M and will feature a base fuze that can be set for impact, delay, and air burst modes and is intended to be effective during urban and counter-insurgency operations.

    http://www.janes.com/article/59885/french-army-leclerc-upgrade-gets-under-way
     
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    Do you know if an APS is planned?
     
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    In 2006, a version called the Standard F1 was revealed at the Eurosatory Exhibition. It featured an ERA package, but no APS:

    http://defense-update.com/events/2006/summary/eurosatory06-azur.htm

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    - Composite side skirts protect the fighting compartment on its whole length now
    - Cage armor is added on the non-ballistic side skirts protecting the engine compartment and behind the turret bustle (AZUR urban warfare kit upgrade).
    - Four wire cutters (two on the glacis, near the rear-view mirrors and two others on the of the turret in front of the episcopes).
    - Originally mounted Galix launchers are now larger for the purpose of carrying more grenades (each can hold now ten 80,5 mm grenades).
    - Two extra batteries of Galix launchers (each has four 80,5 mm grenades) on the forward part of the turret.
    - Laser warning receivers : four fitted alongside the Galix launchers.
    - Three peripheral vision devices above and around the turret rear.
    - The ATO remote weapon station installed (French ANF1 7.62 mm machine gun will be normally replaced by the Belgian FN MAG).
    - The storage bins which are mounted on the turret roof, beside the air conditioning unit are now thicker.

    ...

    This was proposed around the time when TUSK packages were making their way onto Abrams in Iraq, and with France no loner dealing with such urban threats, being more focused in North Africa where flat or hilled/mountainous terrain better hides ATGM teams at distance, it's likely these requirements would have changed.

    But I don't have an actual answer:D.
     
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    Vergennes Captain Staff Member Ret. Military International Mod

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    It's a good question. The actual answer is no. (Maybe in the future ?)

    @Technofox

    The Leclerc tank has small chances to get involved in any of our future operations (Whom most of them will take place in Africa) as they recquire more like light attack vehicles and light tanks than heavy armors.
    Just like AMX10RC and Sagaie were deployed to many of our recent military theatres.

    Sagaie,Ivory Coast 2003.

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    AMX10RC in Afghanistan.

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    Unlike the israelis for exemple,we didn't face serious and real threats from ATGMs and rockets,the main threat was and still is the IEDs.
    That's why all our future leclercs and vehicles will have a better protection against IEDs.
     
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    congrats France bro. can France still order more AMX-56 or no?
     
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    Vergennes Captain Staff Member Ret. Military International Mod

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    Actually,something like 200 (out of 406 delivered) Leclercs are in service while the rest is in reserve.
    There's no need to further order more tanks.
    There will be soon an update of the white paper,and rumors said that because of the lessons from Syria and Ukraine,the number of active tanks could be further increased. (of course taken from the reserve.)
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    Now,in case of full scale war,and if it is required so or big order from a foreign country,the production of the Leclerc can of course be re-started,like it has been proposed if Saudi Arabia buys hundreds of Leclerc tanks.

    @Pathfinder We are following the deployment of Leclerc tanks in Yemen by the UAE army,and we,the saudis,and the emiratis were very impressed by its firepower and survivability.
    They were engaged in both open and urban warfare.
    It is said that Leclercs were able to resist to multiple RPG hits (And anti tank missiles),on front and on sides of the tank.

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