French Army Light Aviation (ALAT) During the Libyan Operations

08/10/2012
2012-08-10 By Murielle Delaporte Based on interviews with two of the operational leaders for the assault and maneuver helicopter battalion operating off the French aircraft carriers -- BPCs (Bâtiment de Projection et de Commandement) -- during the Libyan operation, it is clear that there are challenges and opportunities which air mobility…

Air Mobility: A Proven Concept for the French Forces

07/24/2012
2012-07-23  In this piece translated from the French. General Patrick Tanguy one of the architects of modern Army aviation con-ops discusses the modern air mobility concept relied upon by the French forces, and highlighted in Libyan and Afghan operations. General Tanguy is on the editorial board of our partner publication…

Second Line of Defense in Afghanistan

06/09/2012
6/9/12: Second Line of Defense’s Murielle Delaporte is with the French forces in Afghanistan and will report next week on her time with the French military. The French have primary responsibility for the Kapisa Province within the multinational command. Today, a suicide bomber attacked the French forces, killing four soldiers and…

Pumas at Bold Alligator 2012

03/22/2012
03/21/2012: The Eurocopter Puma was engaged in Bold Alligator 2012.  Off of the Mistral, the Pumas supported the French Army by transporting artillery pieces and providing support for the troops on the ground. For the USN, the Pumas worked off of the USNS Robert E. Peary providing support for the amphibious…