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Groupe d’Escadrons Blindés – GEB (Armored Squadrons Group):

Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron.
Includes the Squadron Staff and the Group Command Headquarters’ Section. The HQ  hold all the maintenance assets of the Squadrons consolidated into one large heterogenous Battalion, although each tank Sqdr. has a maintenance team attached to it for field operations equipped with Recovery Vehicles. A similar arrangement is made with the medical platoon, which consists of stations under Regiment control. Due to the RMA requirments, the Armored Squadrons are composed by any type of armored vehicle, including MBTs, Light Tanks, Tank Destroyers and Armored Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs).

Squadrons
The line tank Squadrons eqquiped with their tank variants. All Armor Regiments have, more or less, a total of 50 tanks distributed in 4 Squadrons (HQ, 1st, 2nd and 3rd). With a configuration of:

  • A reduced HQ tank section with two to four tanks
  • A total of 12 to 15 tanks per squadron with two tanks for the Squadrons’ HQ section.

Combat Support Units.
Assignated Support Units remains in the HQ and all the sections are consolidated to operate as a single Battalion under HQ command. It mainly consists of an attached Maintenance, Service and Supply company, a Medical company, a Reconnaisence company and an Engineering company.

 

Example of a RMA Squadron with M60A4 and M88A1

Régiment d’Infanterie Mécanisé – RIM (Mechanized Infantry Regiment):

Headquarters and Headquarters battalion.
Includes the Headquarters troop and the Regiment Command Headquarters’ Section. The HQ  hold all the maintenance assets of the Battalions consolidated into one large heterogenous Battalion and the command of assignated support companies as the Reccon., Artillery. Signals and Communication units are an integrated part of the HQ Battalion.

Mechanized Battalions

  • 1st Battalion, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Battalion Mechanized Battalions.
  • Combat Support Units: Assignated Support Units remains under HQ command

Groupe d’Artillerie Royale – GAR (Royal Artillery Group):

Headquarters and Headquarters battalion.
Includes the Headquarters troop and the Regiment Command Headquarters’ Section. The HQ hold the command of assignated support companies as the Radar, Counterbattery, Medical, Signals and Communication units are as an integrated part of the HQ Battalion. Logistic support (repair and support, ammo, etc.) still under HQ battalion command but with units assignated to every battalion.

The RMA operates in its Artillery Groups not only field and Self propelled units, but also Air Defense Systems.

Field and SP Artillery batteries

  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd Artillery Batteries and a 4th that could be put as a Reserve Battery.
  • Combat Support Units: Assignated Support Units under HQ command.

Air Defense Batteries
The structure of Air Defense Batteries depends on the assignated units. The basic air defence unit is typically a battery with 2 to 12 guns or missile launchers, fire control elements and support units. These batteries, particularly with guns, usually deploy in a small area, although batteries may be split; this is usual for some missile systems. SHORAD missile batteries often deploy across an area with individual launchers several kilometres apart. When MANPADS is operated by specialists part of an infantry unit, batteries may have several dozen teams deploying separately in small sections; self-propelled air defence guns may deploy in pairs. Batteries are usually grouped into battalions or equivalent. In the field army a Self-propelled gun or SHORAD battalions are often assigned to a Brigade size unit (BRB p.e.) or other Regiments (Cavalry, Mechanized Infantry, etc.)

Example of an AF902 FC5/35mm SHORAD battery

Groupe d’Escadron à Cheval – GEC (Cavalry Squadron Group)

Includes the Squadron Staff and the Group Command Headquarters’ Section, their equipment is the same as the light infantry units and its organization the same as the Armor groups with a 4 Squadron distribution (HQ, 1st, 2nd and 3rd). Due to the RMA requirments, the Cavalry Squadrons are composed by mounted troops with arab-Barb horses for mountain improved mobility and border security purposes.

RM Gendarmerie Cavalry

Infantry Brigades and Independent Battalions

The organization of the Infantry Brigades and Battalions depends on it’s mission. We can find different organizations according to the military zone where they’re attached, their mission and their assignments. The different types of Infatry Brigades are:

  • Bataillon d’Infanterie en secteur – BIS (Sector Infantry Battalion): Attached to posts in the frontline bases, Fortifications, Barracks and Caserns.
  • Bataillon d’Infanterie de Garnison – BIG (Garrison Infantry Battalion): Attached to military bases for it’s protection and security.
  • Brigade Léger de Sécurité – BLS (Light Security Brigade): Attached to military bases and national interest places as a measure of security.
  • Brigade d’infantrie parachutiste – BIP (Paratroopers): Specialized in parachuting.
  • Bataillon d’Infanterie AéroPortée – BIAP (Air Assault):  Set up to be deployed by any tipe of aircraft.
  • Bataillon Leger d’Intervention Rapide – BLIR (Quick Respons Battalion): Quick and direct action for any event as primary task.
    – Bataillon des Skieurs – BS (Skiers Battalion): Specialized in fighting in mountainous and arctic conditions.

Light infantry Brigades are usually organized in 2-5 Infantry battalions with attached anti-tank companies armed with ATGMs missiles, recon troops, batteries of towed artillery. The brigade will also have a support battalion and special forces units for CS (Combat Support). These 2 battalions will possess support units such as signal, intelligence, military police, combat engineers, transportation, quartermaster (supply), maintenance, and medical.

Light infantry Battalions consists of two or more companies plus a combat support company, with a scout platoon, mortar platoon, along with other elements that varies between organizations.

Units from Light Infatry Battalions may be attached to Mechanized Infantry and Armor when deployed as Combat Brigades known as Tactic Intervention Groups (GTI) and Royal Armored Brigades (BRB). During the Sahara War, Divisions were created, but actually there is no such configuration. The exact number of Brigades and Regiments is Secret.

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