French Foreign Legion Equipment

French Foreign Legion equipment. See what pistols, rifles, machine guns, missiles, personnel carriers and other vehicles are used by legionnaires during their duty service, exercises or military operations conducted by the Foreign Legion. Tens of pictures. Well-ordered data.

French Foreign Legion Equipment

 

French Foreign Legion Weapons

PA MAC 50

PA MAC 50 (Pistolet Automatique – Automatic pistol) is a standard semi-automatic pistol (also known as the MAS 50) used by the Foreign Legion. It had been produced initially by Manufacture d’Armes de Chatellerault (MAC), thereafter by Manufacture d’Armes de Saint-Étienne (MAS). The PA MAC 50 had been using in the French Army since 1950. It has been replacing by the PA MAS G1 since 2000.

  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Weight (without ammunition): 890g / 31,4oz
  • Length: 195mm / 7,7in
  • Feed system: 9-cartridges magazine
  • Effective range: 50m / 54,7yd
  • Muzzle velocity: 315 m/s / 344,5 yd/s

 

PAMAS G1

PAMAS G1 is a standard semi-automatic pistol (a copy of the Beretta 92) produced by Manufacture d’Armes de Saint-Étienne, the French weapons factory of St.Étienne. French Army forces has been using it since 2000. The PAMAS G1 is currently replacing the older pistol PA MAC 50, which has been using in the French Army and Foreign Legion since 1950.

  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Weight (without ammunition): 960g / 33,9oz
  • Weight (with ammunition): 1090g / 38,4oz
  • Length: 217mm / 8,54in
  • Feed system: 15-cartridges magazine
  • Effective range: 50m / 54,7yd
  • Muzzle velocity: 347m/s / 379,5yd/s

 

The PA MAC 50 and PAMAS G1 pistols used by the French Foreign Legion
PA MAC 50 and PAMAS G1 pistols (Images source: Wikipedia.org)
Legionnaires of the 2e REG using a MAC 50 pistol
A legionnaire of the 2e REG using a MAC 50 in Senegal (March 2013)

 

FAMAS

FAMAS (Fusil d’Assaut de la Manufacture d’Armes de Saint-Étienne – Assault rifle of the Weapons factory of Saint-Étienne) is the bullpup assault service rifle used by the Foreign Legion and other French Army forces. It was created in 1973. The Foreign Legion has been using the FAMAS since the 1980s.

  • Caliber: 5,56mm
  • Weight (without ammunition): 3780g / 133,3oz (F1 standard magazine version) or 3747g / 132,2oz (G2 magazine version for NATO operations)
  • Weight (with ammunition): 4370g / 154,1oz (F1) or 4170g / 147,1oz (G2)
  • Length: 757mm / 29,8in
  • Feed system: 25-cartridges magazine (F1) or 30-cartridges magazine (G2)
  • Effective range: 300m / 328yd
  • Max range: 3200m / 3500yd
  • Rate of fire: 1000 rounds/min (F1) or 1100 rounds/min (G2)
  • Muzzle velocity: 960m/s / 1050yd/s (F1) or 925m/s / 1012yd/s (G2)

 

Legionnaire of the 2e REI wearing the FAMAS with attached bayonet during a ceremony
A legionnaire of 2e REI wearing the FAMAS with attached bayonet (2012)
A legionnaire of 1er RE shooting with FAMAS during an exercise (2012)

 

FAMAS FÉLIN

FÉLIN (Fantassin à Équipement et Liaisons Intégrés – Integrated Infantryman Equipment and Communications) is the name for the French infantry combat system combining a modified FAMAS rifle with a host of other electronics, clothing, pouches, and body armour. It was firstly used by a French Army unit in September 2010. Some Foreign Legion units has been using FÉLIN since 2012.

 

Legionnaire of the 2e REI using a FAMAS FÉLIN
A legionnaire of 2e REI using the FAMAS FÉLIN (2012)
Legionnaires of the 2e REI using the FAMAS FÉLIN
Legionnaires of 2e REI using the FAMAS FÉLIN (2012)

 

AA NF1

AA NF1 (Arme Automatique de 7,62mm NATO, Modèle F1 – Automatic weapon of 7,62mm NATO, F1 model) or AA 52 is a machine gun used by the Foreign Legion and other French Army forces. It was created in 1952. Since 2010, it has been replacing by the Belgian FN MAG. However, the Foreign Legion is still using AA NF1 in 2013, for example in Operation Serval in Mali.

  • Caliber: 7,62mm
  • Weight (without ammunition): 10kg / 22lb
  • Length: 1145mm / 45,1in
  • Feed system: 50-cartridges – 200-cartridges belts
  • Effective range: 800m / 875yd
  • Max range: 3850m / 4210yd
  • Rate of fire: 900 rounds/min
  • Muzzle velocity: 810m/s / 886yd/s

 

Legionnaires of the 4e RE using an AA NF1
A legionnaire of 4e RE using an AA NF1 (2012)
Legionnaires of the 2e REP carrying an AA NF1 in Mali
A legionnaire of 2e REP carrying an AA NF1 in Mali (February 2013)

 

FN Minimi

FN Minimi (Mini-Mitrailleuse – Mini machine gun) is a machine gun used by the Foreign Legion and other French Army forces. The Minimi was created in Belgium by a Fabrique Nationale (FN) factory in 1974.

  • Caliber: 5,56mm
  • Weight (without ammunition): 6850g / 241,6oz or 6500g / 229,3 oz (Paratrooper version)
  • Length: 1038mm / 40,9in or 910mm / 35,8 in (Para) – 725mm / 28,5in (Para stock collapsed)
  • Feed system: 30-cartridges magazine or 200-cartridges belt
  • Effective range: 300-1000m / 328-1094yd
  • Max range: 2700-3000m / 2953-3281yd
  • Rate of fire: 900 rounds/min
  • Muzzle velocity: 925m/s / 1012yd/s or 866m/s / 947yd/s (Para)

 

Legionnaire of the 2e REP using a Minimi in Afghanistan
A legionnaire of 2e REP using a Minimi in Afghanistan

 

FR F2

FR F2 (Fusil à Répétition modèle F2 – Bolt action rifle, F2 model) is a French standard sniper rifle used by the Foreign Legion and other French Army forces. It was created in the 1980s. The Foreign Legion and other French Army forces has been using the FR F2 since 1986.

  • Caliber: 7,62mm
  • Weight (without ammunition): 5100g / 180oz
  • Length: 1138mm / 44,8in
  • Feed system: 10-cartridges magazine
  • Effective range: 800m / 875yd
  • Rate of fire: 5 rounds/min
  • Muzzle velocity: 830m/s / 908yd/s
  • Sights: APXL 806 or SCROME J8 8×40

 

Legionnaire of the 2e REI using an FR F2 in Afghanistan
A legionnaire of 2e REI using an FR F2 in Afghanistan (Image source: Wikipedia)
Legionnaire of the 2e REI holding an FR F2 with FÉLIN sight
A legionnaire of 2e REI holding an FR F2 with the FÉLIN sight (2012)

 

PGM Hécate II

PGM Hécate II is a standard heavy sniper, anti-materiel rifle used by the Foreign Legion and other French Army forces. It was created in 1995 by the French rifle factory PGM Précision. The Foreign Legion has been using the PGM Hécate II since the end of 1990s.

  • Caliber: 12,7mm
  • Weight (without ammunition): 15,8kg / 34,8lb
  • Length: 1370mm / 53,9in
  • Feed system: 7-cartridges magazine
  • Effective range: 1800m / 1969yd
  • Max range: 7000m / 7655yd
  • Muzzle velocity: 780m/s / 853yd/s
  • Sights: SCROME J10 10×40

 

Legionnaires of the 2e REI and 2e REP using the PGM Hécate II
A legionnaires of 2e REI and 2e REP (small image) using the PGM Hécate II
Legionnaire of the 2e REP carrying a PGM Hécate II in Mali
A legionnaire of 2e REP carrying a PGM Hécate II during Operation Serval in Mali
(February 2013)

 

M2 Browning 12,7

M2 Browning, called simply the “12,7”, is a heavy machine gun used by the Foreign Legion and other French Army forces. It was created in USA in 1921. The French Foreign Legion has used the 12,7 since summer 1943.

  • Caliber: 12,7mm
  • Weight (without ammunition): 38,1kg / 84lb
  • Length: 1650mm / 65in
  • Feed system: 105-cartridges belt or 100-cartridges / 265-cartridges magazines
  • Effective range: 1200m / 1312yd
  • Max range: 6800m / 7400yd
  • Rate of fire: 500 rounds/min
  • Muzzle velocity: 930m/s / 1017yd/s

 

Legionnaire of the 2e REI using the M2 Browning 12,7
A legionnaire of 2e REI using an M2 Browning 12,7

 

LGI F1

LGI Mle F1 (Lance-Grenade Individuel Mle F1 – Individual grenade launcher, F1 Model) is a lightweight close-support infantry weapon. The LGI has been using by the Foreign Legion and other French Army forces since the 1990s.

  • Caliber: 51mm
  • Weight (without ammunition): 4800g / 169,3oz
  • Length: 605mm / 23,8in
  • Effective range: 675m / 738yd
  • Rate of fire: 30 rounds/min

 

Legionnaire of the 2e REI using the LGI
A legionnaire of 2e REI using an LGI in Afghanistan

 

Mo 81 LLR F1

Mo 81 LLR F1 (Mortier de 81 mm Léger Long Renforcé modèle F1 – 81 mm lightweight long reinforced mortar, F1 Model) is a light mortar. The Mo 81 LLR F1 has been using by the Foreign Legion and other French Army forces since the end of 1990s.

  • Caliber: 81mm
  • Weight (without ammunition): 44kg / 97lb
  • Length: 1550mm / 61in
  • Effective range: 3100-5600m / 3390-6124yd
  • Rate of fire: 12-20 rounds/min

 

Legionnaires of the DLEM using a Mortier 81 LLR F1
Legionnaires of DLEM with an LLR 81 during an exercise in Djibouti (2012)

 

AT4

AT4 (AntiTank 4) is an unguided, portable, single-shot anti-tank weapon (also known as a rocket-propelled grenade, RPG). It was created in Sweden in 1980. The Foreign Legion and other French Army forces have been using the AT4 since the mid-1980s.

  • Diameter: 84mm
  • Weight: 7600g / 268oz
  • Length: 1040mm / 41in
  • Effective range: 20-250m / 22-273yd
  • Speed: 220m/s / 241yd/s

 

Legionnaire of the 1er REG using an AT4
A legionnaire (a non-commissioned officer) of 1er REG using an AT4 (2012)

 

LRAC F1

LRAC F1 (Lance-Roquettes AntiChar de 89 mm modèle F1 – 89 mm anti-tank rocket launcher, F1 model) is a French reusable rocket launcher used by the Foreign Legion and other French Army forces. It was created in France in the beginning of the 1970s. The Foreign Legion have been using the LRAC F1 since the mid-1970s. Since 2008, the LRAC F1 has been replacing by the Swedish AT4 and French ERYX as the standard anti-tank and assault weapon.

  • Diameter: 89mm
  • Weight: 5000g / 176oz
  • Length: 1170mm / 46in
  • Effective range: 300-500m / 328-546yd
  • Max range: 2300m / 2515yd
  • Speed: 295m/s / 322yd/s

 

Legionnaires of 2e REG using a LRAC F1
A legionnaire of 2e REG with a LRAC F1 (October 2013)

 

ERYX

ERYX is a short-range portable wire-guided anti-tank missile used by the Foreign Legion and other French Army forces. It is based on SACLOS (Semi-Automatic Command to Line Of Sight) method of missile guidance. It was created in Canada in 1991. The Foreign Legion has been using the ERYX since the mid-1990s.

  • Diameter: 136mm
  • Weight: 13kg / 28,7lb
  • Length: 905mm / 35,6in
  • Effective range: 600m / 656yd
  • Speed: 18m/s / 19,7yd/s in the beginning, afterwards 245m/s / 268yd/s

 

ERYX in the 3e REI
An ERYX on public display in 3e REI

 

MILAN

MILAN (MIssile Léger Antichar NATO – NATO Anti-tank light missile) is a anti-tank guided missile used by the Foreign Legion and other French Army forces. It was created by a France-Germany team between 1962-1971 and it is based on SACLOS method of missile guidance. The Foreign Legion has been using the MILAN since the mid-1970s.

  • Diameter: 115mm
  • Weight: 7100g / 250,4oz
  • Length: 1200mm / 47,2in
  • Effective range: 200-2000m / 219-2187yd
  • Speed: 75m/s / 82yd/s in the beginning, afterwards 200m/s / 219yd/s

 

Legionnaire of the 1er REC using a MILAN
A legionnaire of 1er REC with a MILAN

 

 

French Foreign Legion Vehicles

VAC

VAC (Véhicule Articulé Chenillé – Tracked Articulated Vehicle) is a all-terrain non-armored carrier used by the Foreign Legion and other French Army forces. It comprises two units and is able to carry 12 personnel (4 + 8). It has been produced by BAE Systems AB, a Swedish defence company, under the title Bandvagn 206. The VAC serves in several French Army units, including the 2e REG and 3e REI of the Legion. They have been using the VAC since 2000s.

  • Engine: Mercedes-Benz OM 3,000 cm3 Turbo Diesel
  • Power: 136 hp (101 kW)
  • Tracks: Moulded rubber with cord
  • Speed: 55 km/h / 34 mph
  • Speed in water: 3 km/h / 2 mph
  • Operational range: 300 km / 190 mi
  • Passengers: 12 (up to 17)
  • Min Temperature: -52°C (-62°F)

 

VAC - Véhicule Articulé Chenillé - of the 2nd Foreign Engineer Regiment - 2e REG
VAC (Véhicule Articulé Chenillé) of the 2e REG
VAC - Véhicule Articulé Chenillé - of the 3rd Foreign Infantry Regiment - 3e REI
VAC of the 3e REI in French Guiana (2015)

 

Peugeot P4

Peugeot P4 is an unarmored 4×4 off-road vehicle used by the Foreign Legion and other French Army forces. It has been produced by Peugeot. The Foreign Legion has been using the Peugeot P4 since the mid-1980s. The “P4” is replacing by PVPs (see below) now.

  • Engine: Mercedes-Benz 2,500 cm3 XD3 Diesel I4
  • Power: 70 hp (52 kW)
  • Suspension: 4×4
  • Speed: 120 km/h / 75 mph
  • Operational range: 800 km / 500 mi
  • Passengers: 4

 

Peugeot P4 of the 1er REG in Gabon
Peugeot P4 of 1er REG in Gabon (2012)
Peugeot P4 of the 1er REC in Chad
Peugeot P4 of 1er REC, armed with an AA NF1, during an exercise in Chad
(December 2012)

 

PVP

PVP (Petit Véhicule Protégé – Small protected vehicle) is a light, armored 4×4 vehicle used by the Foreign Legion and other French Army forces. It has been producing by Panhard since 2008. The Foreign Legion has been using the PVP since 2012. The PVP will replace the “P4” in the French Army.

  • Engine: Iveco 8140 2,800 cm3 Diesel Turbo
  • Power: 158 hp (117 kW)
  • Suspension: 4×4
  • Speed: 100 km/h / 62 mph
  • Operational range: 750 km / 466 mi
  • Passengers: 3-4

 

PVP of the 2e REP during an exercise in Corsica
PVP of 2e REP during a driving-exercise in Corsica (2013)
PVP of the 2e REG during the Bastille Day parade
PVP of 2e REG during the Bastille Day parade (Image source: Wikipedia)

 

VBL

VBL (Véhicule Blindé Léger – Light armored vehicle) is a wheeled 4×4 all-terrain amphibious vehicle used by the Foreign Legion and other French Army forces. It has been produced by Panhard since the end of 1980s. Within the Foreign Legion, the VBL has been using by the reconnaissance units of 1er REC and 2e REI since the 1990s.

  • Engine: Peugeot XD3T Diesel Turbo
  • Power: 95 hp (70 kW)
  • Suspension: 4×4
  • Speed: 95 km/h / 59 mph
  • Speed in water: 5,4 km/h / 3,36 mph
  • Operational range: 600 km / 373 mi
  • Main armament: 1x machine gun 7,62 mm or 1x machine gun 7,62 mm + MILAN
  • Passengers: 3-4

 

VBL of the 1er REC during an exercise in Corsica
VBL of 1er REC, with an AA NF1 mounted on, during an exercise in Corsica (2012)
VBL of the 1er REC during the Bastille Day parade
VBL of 1er REC during the Bastille Day parade

 

VAB

VAB (Véhicule de l’Avant Blindé – Armored Vanguard Vehicle) is an armored personnel carrier and support vehicle used by the Foreign Legion and other French Army forces. It has been produced by GIAT Industries since 1976. The Legion has used VAB since 1982.

  • Engine: Renault MIDR
  • Power: 220 hp (162 kW)
  • Suspension: 4×4
  • Speed: 90 km/h / 56 mph
  • Operational range: 1,200 km / 746 mi
  • Main armament: 1x heavy machine gun 12,7mm or 1x machine gun 7,62mm or 1x machine gun 7,62mm + 1x anti-tank HOT missile launcher (VAB HOT)
  • Passengers: 10

 

VAB of the 2e REI
VAB of 2e REI
VAB HOT of the 2e REI
VAB HOT from the Anti-tank Company (CAC) of 2e REI, with the anti-tank HOT missile launcher called MÉPHISTO

 

VBCI

VBCI (Véhicule Blindé de Combat d’Infanterie – Infantry combat armored vehicle) is a new armored personnel carrier and support vehicle used by the Foreign Legion’s 2e REI (tested in the regiment since 2012, first vehicles received in early 2015) and by another 7 French Army regiments. It has been produced by Nexter Systems and Renault since 2008.

  • Engine: Renault Diesel
  • Power: 550 hp (410 kW)
  • Suspension: 8×8
  • Speed: 100 km/h / 62 mph
  • Operational range: 750 km / 466mi
  • Main armament: 1x M811 25 mm x 137mm NATO cannon
  • Second armament: 1x 7.62 mm machine gun
  • Passengers: 11
VBCI - 2e REI - 2 REI - 2REI
VBCI of 2e REI in 2015

 

ERC-90 Sagaie

ERC-90 Sagaie (Engin à Roues, Canon de 90 mm – wheeled machine with a 90mm cannon) is a six-wheeled armored all terrain, fully amphibious vehicle used by the Foreign Legion and other French Army forces. It has been produced by Panhard since 1980. Within the Foreign Legion, the ERC-90 has been using by the 1er REC since the 1980s.

  • Engine: Peugeot V6 or MTU Diesel Turbo
  • Power: 155-170 hp (96-106 kW) (petrol/diesel)
  • Suspension: 6 hydropneumatic wheels
  • Speed: 90 km/h / 56 mph
  • Operational range: 730-800 km / 454-497 mi (petrol/diesel)
  • Main armament: 1x 90 mm cannon
  • Second armament: 2x 7.62 mm machine gun
  • Passengers: 3

 

ERC-90 Sagaie of the 1er REC
ERC-90 Sagaie of 1er REC during an exercise + its “bullet” – a penetrator (small image)
ERC-90 Sagaie of the 1er REC
ERC-90 Sagaie of 1er REC in Chad, just before redeployment to Mali (December 2012)

 

AMX 10 RC

AMX 10 RC (Rues-Canon – wheels-cannon) is a wheeled, heavily armed amphibious reconnaissance vehicle and tank destroyer used by the Foreign Legion and other French Army forces. It has been produced by GIAT Industries at its Ateliers de construction d’Issy-les-Moulineaux (AMX) factory since 1976. Within the Foreign Legion, the AMX 10 RC has been using by the 1er REC since the 1980s.

  • Engine: Baudouin 6F11 SRX Diesel
  • Power: 280 hp (209 kW)
  • Suspension: 6 hydropneumatic wheels
  • Speed: 85 km/h / 53 mph
  • Operational range: 800 km / 497mi (petrol/diesel)
  • Main armament: 1x 105 mm cannon
  • Second armament: 2x 7.62 mm machine gun
  • Passengers: 4

 

AMX 10 RC of the 1er REC
AMX 10 RC of 1er REC from behind, during an exercise (2012)
AMX 10 RC of the 1er REC in Iraq in 1990
AMX 10 RC of 1er REC in Iraq during the Gulf War (1990)

 
 

Images source (besides that already defined):
Légion étrangère – FFL official website

Information source:
Wikipedia.org + French Army official website

 

 

The page was updated on: July 17, 2016

 

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