SOFINS, the French Special Operations Expo & Conference commenced today at Camp de Souge, home of the elite 13e Régiment de Dragons Parachutistes, writes Bob Morrison.
Highlight of the day was a 25 minute long dynamic display by units and assets of France’s Special Forces Command or COM FST, including a TALO (Tactical Air Land Operation) by a C-160 Transall which inserted two SF vehicles plus a heliborne assault and hostage recovery mission, but the expo itself also gave us an opportunity to see various new developments and examples of kit in addition to allowing us to talk to some specialist manufacturers about what uses their products are being put to. Over the next couple of weeks we will hopefully update readers once we have cleared a backlog of other recently gleaned material.
SOFINS is organised by Cercle de l’Arbalète (Circle of the Crossbow).
[images © Bob Morrison]