SPHINX Panhard EBRC Armoured vehicle for reconnaissance & combat
SPHINX is a project of armoured vehicle which will be revealed by the
French Defence company Panhard, with a presentation of a mock up of
the vehicle, during the International Defence Exhibition of Paris, Eurosatory
2010, which will be held from June 14th to 18th 2010. The armoured vehicle
Panhard SPHINX belongs to the projects of modernization of the French
Army, gathered under the denomination of “Program Scorpion”.
The Scorpion program aims “to develop and optimize the total technical-operational
performances of the GTIA (Groupements Tactiques Interarmes), in other
words to allow the French Army to lead under good conditions the combat
“to the contact” with three families of vehicles: an upgrade
version of the Leclerc tank, the successor of the VAB Renault ( the
standard wheeled armoured vehicle personnel carrier of the French Army)
with the program VBMR (Armored Vehicles Multi-Roles), and the successor
of the AMX-10RC with the program EBRC (Armoured Vehicle of Reconnaissance
to the Combat). Currently, there remain 340 Leclerc main battle tank
in service. There will not be soon less than 250, those which will not
be modernized being sold with export, in condition however that the
government finds a customer. The second vehicle of the Scorpion program
will be the successor of the famous VAB Renault. The vehicle SPHINX
belongs to the projects of program EBRC (Armoured Vehicle of Reconnaissance
to the Combat). The final project and delivery of the last vehicles
for 2025.. The DGA (French Army Agency Armament procurement) envisaged
to order 300 EBRC, to deliver as from 2018.
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