Within the international military brotherhood, the French have some of the most well-trained and experienced operators on the European continent. With a history tracing all the way back to Charlemagne in the year 800, the French are the inheritors of a proud warrior tradition. Since the 1970s, French special operations forces have seen action everywhere from the deserts of North Africa and the palm-strewn island of Guadeloupe in the Caribbean to the streets of Paris.
An elite fighting force is a combination of well-trained individuals and top-tier equipment, and INFORCE is proud to announce that its cutting-edge tactical lights have been handpicked by elite French special operations units. Among them are the fearless Air Parachute Commando No. 10 (CPA 10) and the dynamic RAID (Research Assistance, Intervention, Deterrence), who have both opted for INFORCE as their weapon light of choice for covert missions.
Air Parachute Commando No. 10 (CPA 10)
The CPA units, officially known as Commando parachutiste de l’air, are specialized air assault units operating under the French Air and Space Force. These units have a rich history, initially modeled after the Soviet airborne troops and molded to fit France’s specific strategic needs, the CPA is currently actively participating in conflicts such as counterinsurgency operations in North Africa and Afghanistan. CPA 10, one of the distinguished CPA units, focuses on reconnaissance, counterterrorism, and unconventional warfare. Notably, CPA 10 showcased its valor by defending the French embassy in Ouagadougou against a determined terrorist attack, demonstrating its competence and commitment to safeguarding national interests.
RAID (Research, Assistance, Intervention, Deterrence)
RAID, an elite tactical unit of the French National Police, was founded in 1985 with the primary mission to combat extremism and terrorism on French soil. Despite its relatively young age, RAID has earned a reputation for its exceptional performance in numerous high-risk operations against kidnappers, potential suicide bombers, and lone wolf terrorists. Operating with a consistent history of operational successes, RAID has maintained a remarkably low casualty count of only three since its inception. The unit has been actively involved in countering both foreign and domestic threats and collaborates closely with other renowned counterterrorist forces, such as the GIGN. In 2023, RAID units were deployed all over France to assist local police in dealing with nationwide riots after the killing of a North African teenager by police.
Both CPA 10 and RAID have chosen the INFORCE WML White/IR tactical light for its exceptional durability and tactical versatility, making it an ideal companion for their missions. Specifically designed for low-light engagements, this tactical light boasts a peak intensity of 3800 candelas within a concentrated 400 lumen beam. Additionally, it features 100mW of infrared (IR) power, catering to the units' requirements for seamless integration with night vision optics. The INFORCE WML White/IR has proven to be a reliable tool, meeting the stringent demands of these elite units during their critical operations.
The use of INFORCE lights by French special operations forces is a testament to the quality engineering utilized in INFORCE lights and underscores the company's commitment to providing cutting-edge solutions for military and law enforcement professionals. As these elite units continue to operate in complex and high-stakes environments, their endorsement of INFORCE tactical lights reflects their trust in the brand's reliability, durability, and tactical effectiveness. INFORCE's collaboration with these esteemed units showcases its dedication to supporting those who safeguard national security all over the world, setting a standard for excellence.