France has taken delivery of the first batch of 25 Poids Lourds Force Spéciale (PLFS – Heavy Special Forces Vehicle) from Renault Trucks Defence on 1 February. The contract, covering 202 PLSFs and 242 Special Force Light Vehicles (Véhicule Léger des Forces Spéciales/VLFS), was signed in January 2016. Deliveries of the second batch of 172 vehicles is expected to begin in 2019 and be completed by 2021.
The PLFS is largely based on the Sherpa Light Forces Speciales truck with various modifications. The first batch are in 'Standard 1' configuration, featuring two radios, one 12,7×99 mm (.50 cal) machine gun (MG) and two 7,62×51 mm MGs. The remaining vehicles will be configured as 'Standard 2', which is expected to have improved endurance, the capability to fire heavier weapons and enhanced payload capacity.
NAVAL STATION MAYPORT, Fla. (December 16, 2021) An MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), assigned to Unmanned Patrol Squadron 19 (VUP-19), sits on the flight line at Naval Station Mayport, Florida, Dec. 16, 2021. VUP-19, the Navy’s first Triton squadron, will continue to maintain and operate the aircraft off the East Coast to further develop the concept of operations and refine tactics, techniques, and procedures. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nathan T. Beard/ Released)