Why the World Should Fear France’s Armored Fighting Vehicles

    Charlie Gao

    Security, Europe

    And what the U.S. military can learn from them. 

    At Eurosatory 2018, one of the vehicles being displayed publicly for the first time was the French Jaguar Armored Fighting Vehicle (AFV). The twenty-five ton vehicle has a range of eight hundred kilometers, a max speed of ninety kilometers per hour, and sports an impressive armament that includes a new cased-telescopic ammunition CT40 autocannon and two anti-tank guided missiles. However what may be surprising is the cannon that the Jaguar packs is actually smaller than the one mounted on the AFV it’s replacing. It checks in as yet another in a line of French reconnaissance vehicles which have packed a dynamite combination of mobility, firepower, and protection. What can the United States learn from the French example?

    The French military has long favored armored cars since World War II. Their first postwar design, the Panhard EBR, was an incredibly innovative design, able to go up to one hundred kilometers per hour and mounting a seventy-five millimeters and later 90mm cannon in an oscillating turret. It saw service in Algeria, where its ability to rapidly reposition and the significant firepower of the cannon was found to provide valuable fire support to infantry formations.

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