FN Herstal will supply small caliber ammunition to France

FN Herstal will supply small caliber ammunition to France
FN Herstal will supply small caliber ammunition to France

France will buy small caliber ammunition from the Belgian company FN Herstal, which will then help it create an assembly line on its soil in order to remedy a French “situation of dependence”, announced the ministers of Defense of the two countries, Sébastien Lecornu and Ludivine Dedonder after a meeting in Paris.

There is a segment in which we have been fragile for fifteen years now, it is the small caliber ammunition sector,” explained the French Minister of the Armed Forces, assuring that past decisions have placed the country in a “situation of dependence towards many service providers“, revealed since the start of the war in Ukraine.

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According to the minister, this production line, whose location and date of entry into service have not been specified, should guarantee “supplies between the two countries” of these munitions.

More broadly, France and Belgium, linked since 2018 by a partnership called “CaMo” aimed at providing their land armies with similar land equipment, want to deepen their “operational intimacy”. Thus, the CaMo partnership which only concerned the acquisition by Belgium of Griffon and Jaguar armored vehicles, will now be extended to Serval vehicles and Caesar cannons.

The two ministers also returned to the takeover project by the Belgian John Cockerill of the French armored vehicle manufacturer Arquus, which is “progressing well”, according to Mr. Lecornu. Ludivine Dedonder welcomed this project, ensuring that it would create a “European land champion and strengthen defense Europe”.

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