As a NATO member nation, France is presently participating in a number of reassurance and cooperation measures in Northern and Japanese Europe. These measures notably embody worldwide workout routines comparable to Chilly Response in Norway or Daring Dragon in Estonia, but in addition deployments of models and tools to Estonia and Romania. As a part of Mission Aigle (Eagle), France has deployed in Romania 500 personnel from the 27e Bataillon de Chasseurs Alpins (twenty seventh Alpine Hunters Battalion) from Annecy, the 126e Régiment d’Infanterie (126th Infantry Regiment) from Brive-la-Gaillarde, the 4e Régiment de Chasseurs (4th Chasseurs) from Hole and the 93e Régiment d’Artillerie de Montagne (93rd Mountain Artillery Regiment) from Varces, in addition to help providers. Beneath France management, they type, with the help of one other 300 troops from Belgium the Spearhead Battalion of NATO Speedy Response Drive in Southeastern Europe.

These models have taken their quarters in Mihail Kogalniceanu base close to Constan?a, the place they’ve been welcomed by their Romanian counterparts. The Aigle battalion has been deployed with all kinds of fight tools, together with a number of armored and non-armored automobiles, a lot of which produced and supported by Arquus. The deployment of French models and tools in Romania within the framework of the Nato Response Drive will additional enhance the extent of cooperation between the French and Romanian Armies, whereas strengthening the historic hyperlinks which have all the time united the 2 nations. The long run deployment of Romanian parts within the Sahel, alongside their French counterparts, additionally emphasizes the necessity for interoperability and mutual coaching.


France Military VBL 4×4 all-terrain automobile from NATO Response Drive deployed in Romania. (Multinational Division South–East Headquarters/ Romania MOD)

Among the many automobiles just lately deployed in Romania:
43 Renault Véhicule de l’avant blindé (VAB) armoured personnel carriers
27 Panhard Véhicule Blindé Léger (VBL) wheeled 4×4 all-terrain automobiles
19 Panhard Petit Véhicule Protégé (PVP) gentle armoured automobile
A number of Renault GBC 180 heavy cargo truck
A number of Renault Trapper VT4 gentle Car

Renault Vehicles Protection, an armoured automobile subsidiary of Volvo Group, was renamed Arquus on 24 Could 2018, as a part of the launch of a brand new technique for the enterprise. The corporate’s rebranding and new strategic plan come simply months after the corporate failed in its bid to win a contract for France’s Véhicule Blindé Multi-Rôle Léger (Mild Multirole Armoured Car, VBMR-L), a alternative for the Véhicule de l’Avant Blindé (Ahead Space Armoured Car) platforms it equipped to the French Military from the Seventies onwards. Renault Vehicles Defence, which produces wheeled armoured automobiles and can be accountable for the Panhard and Acmat manufacturers, had been focused for divestment from Volvo for near a 12 months, till efforts to discover a purchaser had been dropped in October 2017.