“Gulf Falcon” 2013 “صقر الخليج”

From February 16 to March 7 2013, the French Qatari joint exercise Gulf Falcon 2013 committed nearly 3,000 troops from both countries. Several vehicles was used such as the French Leclerc MBT and VBCI IFV or the Qatari AMX-30. A very old friend of mine, Hassan El Saneh, an experimented News Cameraman, took these souvenir photos depicting the vehicles engaged at the last day of the exercise:

The French Army Leclerc MBT during the exercise.
The French Army Leclerc MBT during the exercise.
The French Army Leclerc MBT during the exercise.
The French Army Leclerc MBT during the exercise.
The French Army Leclerc MBT during the exercise.
The French Army Leclerc MBT during the exercise.
The French Army Leclerc MBT during the exercise.
The French Army Leclerc MBT during the exercise.
The French Army Leclerc Main BattleTank and VBCI VPC Infantry Fighting Vehicle during the exercise.
The French Army Leclerc Main BattleTank and VBCI VPC Infantry Fighting Vehicle during the exercise.
The French Army VBCI VPC IFV and Qatar Armed Forces AMX-30 during the exercise.
The French Army VBCI VPC IFV and Qatar Armed Forces AMX-30 during the exercise.
The French Army VBCI VPC IFV and Qatar Armed Forces AMX-30 during the exercise.
The French Army VBCI VPC IFV and Qatar Armed Forces AMX-30 during the exercise.

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The Qatar Armed Forces AMX-30 and the Qatar Emiri Guard Brigade MOWAG Piranha II 8×8 w/90mm CCTS turret during the exercise.
The Qatar Armed Forces AMX-30 and the Qatar Emiri Guard Brigade MOWAG Piranha II 8×8 w/90mm CCTS turret during the exercise.
The Qatar Armed Forces AMX-30 and the Qatar Emiri Guard Brigade MOWAG Piranha II 8×8 w/90mm CCTS turret during the exercise.
The Qatar Armed Forces AMX-30 and the Qatar Emiri Guard Brigade MOWAG Piranha II 8×8 w/90mm CCTS turret during the exercise.
A French Army Mistral SAM MANPAD mounted on ACMAT VLRA TPK 4.20 STL and a Qatar Armed Forces Mistral SAM originally mounted  on the Unimog 406 in the background.
A French Army Mistral SAM MANPAD mounted on ACMAT VLRA TPK 4.20 STL and a Qatar Armed Forces Mistral SAM originally mounted on the Unimog 406 in the background.
Qatar Armed Forces Mistral SAM with Unimog 406, Roland SAM system on MAN truck, VAB, VBL and Toyota Land Cruiser 4500 EFI of the Special Forces during the exercise.
Qatar Armed Forces Mistral SAM with Unimog 406, Roland SAM system on MAN truck, VAB, VBL and Toyota Land Cruiser 4500 EFI of the Special Forces during the exercise.
French Army VBCI IFVs on the move.
French Army VBCI IFVs on the move.
French Army VBCI IFVs on the move.
French Army VBCI IFVs on the move.
French Army VBCI IFVs on the move.
French Army VBCI IFVs on the move.
French Army VBCI IFVs on the move.
French Army VBCI IFVs on the move.
French Army VBCI IFVs on the move.
French Army VBCI IFVs on the move.
French Army VBCI IFVs on the move.
French Army VBCI IFVs on the move.
French Army VBCI IFVs on the move.
French Army VBCI IFVs on the move.
A French Army VBCI IFV during the exercise.
A French Army VBCI IFV during the exercise.
Qatar Armed Forces troops during the exercise.
Qatar Armed Forces troops during the exercise.
A French Army troops during the exercise.
French Army troops during the exercise.

Photo Credits: Hassan El Saneh

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