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The Délégation générale pour l’armement, in English the “General Delegation for Ordnance”, or DGA, is the French government agency that conducts development and evaluation programs for weapon systems for the French military. [1]

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Armament programs coordination

The DGA coordinates the armament programs with industry in France, within Europe, but also with customers for export. With the service of Europe of defence, the DGA supports the emergence of armament programmes in co-operation and contributes to the development of the European Agency of defence. Fifteen cooperative armament programmes are under way. The OCCAr (Joint Organisation of Co-operation as regards Armament) ensures the control of six programmes intended to equip the French force inter alia : combat Tiger helicopter, ground-to-air missiles short Roland/Frole range, Cobra counter-battery radar, family of ground-to-air systems future (FSAF), A400M military transport aircraft, PAAMS anti-aircraft system.

Other activities

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Testing and expertise

The DGA also undertakes the testing and evaluation of materials and military technologies. Thus, spread around France, are test centres carrying out tests in advanced technologies, in aeronautics and missiles (the flight test centre bases of Istres, Bretigny, Cazaux and Toulouse, Centre of Tests of Launching of Missiles Biscarosse site, island of raising and Gâvres, and the centre of expertise LRBA in Vernon), electronics, data processing and information system security (CELAr in Rennes, and CTSN in Toulon). These services contribute to the validation of industrial materials, but also to the proving of military systems for the programme directorates. DGA was reorganised in 2004 to improve the coherence of its activities in the control of its programmes (subdirectorate of coordination of program) that in the technical approach inter-systems (Service of architecture inter-systems) that in the technological developments (responsible for poles).

Engineering schools

In addition, DGA supervises engineering schools that operate under the supervision of the Ministry of defence (École Polytechnique, ENSTA, SUPAERO, ENSIETA, ENSICA). The high-level military staff of DGA, the ingénieurs de l’armement (IA, literally, “Weaponry Engineers”), are commissioned officers, who are generally graduates of the École polytechnique, then the ENSTA or SUPAERO. The main part of the engineers, the ingénieurs des études et techniques d'armement (IETA, literally, "weaponry studies and technics engineers") are graduates of the ENSIETA.

Naval building

The DGA also formerly had a division for building warships, the Direction des constructions navales (“Directorate of Naval Construction”), now formed into a partly state-owned corporation, DCNS.

Unique Ranks Within the DGA

Officers of the Corps des ingénieurs de l'armement have a unique rank structure.

  • Ingénieur 1er échelon ("Engineer, First Level", equivalent to a Sous-lieutenant)
  • Ingénieur 2e échelon (("Engineer, Second Level", equivalent to a Lieutenant)
  • Ingénieur 3e échelon (("Engineer, Third Level", equivalent to a Lieutenant)
  • Ingénieur 4e échelon (("Engineer, Fourth Level", equivalent to a Capitaine)
  • Ingénieur 5e échelon (("Engineer, Fifth Level", equivalent to a Capitaine)
  • Ingénieur 6e échelon (("Engineer, Sixth Level", equivalent to a Capitaine)
  • Ingénieur 7e échelon (("Engineer, Seventh Level", equivalent to a Capitaine)
  • Ingénieur 8e échelon ("Engineer, Eighth Level", equivalent to a Capitaine)
  • Ingénieur principal ("Lead Engineer", equivalent to a Commandant)
  • Ingénieur en chef 1er échelon ("Chief Engineer, First Level", equivalent to a Commandant)
  • Ingénieur en chef 2e échelon ("Chief Engineer, Second Level", equivalent to a Lieutenant-Colonel). After serving two or more years in this rank, they are equivalent to a Colonel.
  • Ingénieur en chef 3e échelon ("Chief Engineer, Third Level", equivalent to a Lieutenant-Colonel). After serving two or more years in this rank, they are equivalent to a Colonel.
  • Ingénieur en chef 4e échelon ("Chief Engineer, Fourth Level", equivalent to a Lieutenant-Colonel). After serving two or more years in this rank, they are equivalent to a Colonel.
  • Ingénieur en chef 5e échelon ("Chief Engineer, Fifth Level" equivalent to a Colonel)
  • Ingénieur en chef 6e échelon ("Chief Engineer, Sixth Level" equivalent to a Colonel)
  • Ingénieur général de 2e classe ("Engineer-General, Second Class", equivalent to a Général de brigade)
  • Ingénieur général de 1er classe ("Engineer-General, First Class", equivalent to a Général de division)
  • Ingénieur général hors classe ("Engineer-General Beyond Class", equivalent to a général de corps d'armée). There are at least three (one for each service branch) but usually others are appointed to run the main divisions within the DGA.
  • Ingénieur général de classe exceptionnelle ("Engineer-General, Exceptional Class", equivalent to a général d'armée). There is usually only one: the titular Délégué Général pour l'Armement (the head of DGA).

Notes and References

  1. ^ (Nuclear warheads and nuclear submarine power plants are designed by the division of military applications of the Commissariat à l’énergie atomique (CEA)).

See also

  • AGATE, the architecture framework promoted by the DGA

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