From October 18 to 22, the Leclerc tank squadron of the QRF (Quick Reaction Force – Quick Reaction Force) of UNIFIL has made armored patrols along the Blue Line, south of the zone of responsibility of the French battalion (BATFRA).
On October 18th, Leclerc tanks have been conducting joint patrols with the new Armored Infantry Fighting Vehicle (Véhicule Blindé de Combat d’Infanterie)(VBCI) of BATFRA, a first for the French Army on a foreign theater of operations. Compatibility and complementarity of the two weapons systems have been validated in situ, in operational conditions.
Many equipement changes has been witnessed lately with the FRENCHBATT as new vehicles replaced older ones and other ones are to come. The main replacements and additional vehicles this year were the PVP and the VBCI. Next year will be the turn for the CAESAR Artillery system to join UNIFIL French Forces in South Lebanon. The retired vehicles will be the AMX-10P replaced by the VBCI (with rumors for the AMX-10Ps to be sold to the Lebanese Army), the AUF1 replaced by the CAESAR and maybe the Leclerc tank.
Source: Ministère de le Défense