- Bulle Opérationnelle Aéroterrestre
- Système Drones Tactiques Terrestres
- Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
- Véhicule de Combat de Choc
The French Defense Minister, Ms. Michèle
Alliot-Marie, has announced the launch of the BOA demonstrator program to
meet future requirements of interoperability between French air and land forces
as well as allied forces.
The BOA responds to network-centric warfare concept. The French Ministry of
Defense plans to invest more than €60 million ($75
million) in the next three years.
The BOA demonstrator program is aimed at achieving optimal cooperative
performance between human beings skills and state-of-the-art technology such as
unmanned or robotized systems. Minimizing human workload while operating among
Syrano is one of the unmanned systems being considered by the French DGA
(Weaponry Procurement Agency) for the BOA demonstrator program. Basically,
Syrano is reconnaissance and fire control system to locate targets with pinpoint
accuracy and transfer that critical data to command posts. The French Army main
concern is to get a secure and reliable communications data link between the
unmanned platform and manned units.
The ERBC cavalry fighting vehicle, the AMX10RC successor, has been marked by
French DGA as the primary platform to benefit from the BOA program. It would
operate in cooperation with unmanned systems achieving unprecedented
reconnaissance capability as well as beyond the line-of-sight engagement
capability. ERBC will use guns, missiles and even energy-directed weapons to
counter potential targets.
In the long term, the BOA demonstrator will help to define the V2C (Véhicule de
combat de choc/ Impact Combat Vehicle) main battle tank forecast as Leclerc
replacement. The Tiger multi-purpose helicopter will also incorporate BOA
In the near term, the BOA will allow seamlessly integration of manned forces
with unmanned air vehicles (UAV) already fielded within the French Armed Forces
(SDTI, SIDM) or under development (MCMM, MALE/EUROMALE).
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