France cedes 9 ERC-90 Sagaie armored vehicles to the Chadian army to step up the fight against jihadism in the Sahel-Noticias

As part of the policy to strengthen the defense capabilities of the African countries that make up the G5 alliance fighting Islamic terrorism in the Sahel, France has delivered 9 light armored vehicles ERC (Engin Roues, Canon) -90 Sagaie to the US Chad.

Since 2013, the French armed forces have been waging a war against jihadism in Mal and neighboring countries with the operation names Serval (January 2013 to July 2014) and Barkhane. To maintain this conflict, the Paris government must make great economic and human efforts, to date 55 of its military have fallen in the Sahel. Faced with this situation, France is not only arming its allies in Europe for aid, but also arming its local allies, especially the G5 countries, to reduce the armed forces it has deployed in the area of ​​operations. On January 23 in N’Djamena, the capital of Chad, during a ceremony chaired by the country’s Defense Minister General Abali Salah, in the presence of the French Ambassador and French General Perrin (currently in charge of the EFG (lments Franais au) ) Gabon)) 9 ​​6×6 armored vehicles of the ERC-90 Sagaie model will be transferred.

Currently, of the 192 light armored vehicles ERC-90 Sagaie that Panhard et Levassor (now Arquus) delivered to the French Army or Arme de Terre in the late 1970s, only 40 units remain as of July 1, 2020 – ton vehicle, armed with a 90mm cannon and two 7.62mm AANF1 machine guns, has participated in almost all French missions abroad since it was commissioned.

“These tanks were supplied with the necessary spare parts for their maintenance, including spare engines and ammunition,” the French embassy in N’Djamena said during the ceremony. In addition to this donation, 20 Chadian soldiers are currently being trained as commanders of these armored vehicles in the EFG’s “armored” operational training department or DIO (Dtachement dInstruction Oprationnelle). Finish next June with a virtual practice exercise on using 90mm pieces. In total, France will train 12 full crews to deploy the ERC-90 and give the Chad National Army significant, operational and responsive armor capability, “the message reported.

The ERC-90 is operated by a crew consisting of a commanding officer, a rifleman and a driver. The Sagaie has great advantages that explain its longer lifespan than it should have been: it is a very light vehicle [] This has considerable firepower, since a 90 millimeter cannon has no negative effects, recalled General Charles Beaudouin, the then commander of the Technical Section, or STAT (Section Technique de lArme de Terre), and announced the gradual withdrawal of this weapon. Armored vehicle (Julio Maz Sanz)

Photo: French 6×6 ERC-90 Sagaie armored vehicles maneuvering in Chad. (Photo Arme de Terre)

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