Roger about #1.
2) If F-84F was not using 2.75" FFAR rockets, is it known in what configuration were 5" rockets carried? 2x2 racks on each wing, or possibly 2x3 racks?
i'll get back to you with pictures and details.
3) As for Mirage 5BA I have 8ème escadrille being activated on 15/07/1970, and first aircraft being accepted 15 days later. It took another year for 42ème escadrille to be re-trained (switched to Mirage 5 on 30/6/1971) and by March 1972 four squadrons were ready. So, I think it is safe to keep the current date, as one would assume that in case of hostilities all available planes would be pressed into active service.
The 8th was a training unit, maned by the pilots who have been converted onto the Mirage by the French, in France. It wasn't a combat unit and the Mirage were the BD type, dual trainer. I don't think they would have been pressed into combat, or maybe into the (nuclear) strike role.
(...)even if they were perfectly capable of performing A-G missions.
As far as I know, the Block 5 and 10 were not, A-G capabilities came with the Block 15 revision.
Roger on the reasoning. Just so you know that if it fits into the narrative, there were Belgian F-16A too.
So, AIFV-B (turretless) was not produced from 1982? And no mixed platoons like they are currently in game? Even better if both formation types were used.
As far as I know, and have read, the AIFV PC (.50 only) never were intended to be used alone, as APC.
A prototype was presented to the public at the military parade for the national day, the 21st of july 1982. In August 1982n, two AIFV Milan prototypes were tested and approved for production. Then the production, plan is 20 to 25 five per month, both AIFV and M113 until 1988.
The total of produced per type is :
228 AIFV C25,
230 AIFV Milan
48 AIFV PC
Given that it was a doctrinal change to have C25 and Milan, it doesn't make much sense to press into service a .50 version alone, with all the logistical and operational burden that it implies.
Also, do you have any information on platoon command team size riding in AIFV MILAN? Is it possible that organization of from 1990s for example? Since it is a big change, I would like to be sure.
At platoon level the "HQ" section is the Platoon commander, the radioman, the XO, the driver, plus the Milan team. In the '90, during the "peace mission", the Milan was valued at platoon level thanks to its excellent optic.
I am not aware that the organization might have been different. If I ever find my old manuals, I'll get back to you.