French Army MoD orders first batch of 319 Griffon 6x6 APCs and 20 Jaguar 6x6 combat armored 12204171

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French Army MoD orders first batch of 319 Griffon 6x6 APCs and 20 Jaguar 6x6 combat armored.
The DGA (French Defense Procurement Agency) awarded the French Companies Nexter Systems, Renault Trucks Defense et Thales an order for the first 319 Griffon VBMR (Véhicule Blindé MutiRôle - Multirole armoured vehicle) wheeled armoured vehicles and 20 Jaguar EBRC (Engin Blindé de Reconnaissance et de Combat - Reconnaissance and Combat armoured vehicle) as a part of the Scorpion Program of the French Army.
     
The DGA (French Defense Procurement Agency) awarded the French Companies Nexter Systems, Renault Trucks Defense et Thales an order for the first 319 Griffon VBMR (Véhicule Blindé MutiRôle - Multirole armoured vehicle) wheeled armoured vehicles and 20 Jaguar EBRC (Engin Blindé de Reconnaissance et de Combat - Reconnaissance and Combat armoured vehicle) as a part of the Scorpion Program of the French Army.
Drawing of future Griffon VBMR (Véhicule Blindé MutiRôle - Multirole armoured vehicle) and Jaguar EBRC (Engin Blindé de Reconnaissance et de Combat - Reconnaissance and Combat armoured vehicle).
     
Launched in 2014, the Scorpion Program is a project for the French Army to make the replacement or renovation of its fleet of frontline combat vehicles and at the same time to use a new and unified communications and battlefield management system (BMS).
 
 

Under the Scorpion Program, the Multi-Role Armoured Vehicle GRIFFON and Reconnaissance and Combat Armoured Vehicle JAGUAR will replace respectively the VAB APC armoured vehicle personnel carrier, and on the other hand, the AMX10RC, the ERC-90 Sagaie and the VAB Hot, produced in the 70s and 80s and used extensively by the French Army in all theaters of operation for thirty years.

The contract will also include all phases of an armament program, from development to unit logistical support through the qualification and production of systems. The GME is committed to the integral performance of the equipment in the long term as well as the operational availability of vehicles in service.

This program has a structuring effect for Nexter, RTD and Thales as well as for the French industrial sector that will be nourished by the subcontracting orders from the GME. It will create a thousand jobs in its development phase and 1,700 jobs in its production phase.

The Scorpion program includes the delivery of 1,722 Griffon to the French Army which will started in 2018. A total of 780 vehicles expected to be delivered until 2025. The program also includes the delivery of 248 Jaguar EBRC which could be started in 2020. A total of 110 Jaguar vehicles expected to be delivered until 2025.

The Scorpion program will also see the procurement of a lighter armoured vehicle under the name of VBMR-L (Véhicule Blindé Multi-Rôle Léger - Light Multirole armoured Vehicle). This new 4x4 armoured will have a combat weight from 10 to 12 tons and will replace the VBL 4x4 APC light armoured personnel carrier and the P4 4x4 light tactical vehicle.
     
The Griffon VBMR (Véhicule Blindé MutiRôle - Multirole armoured vehicle )wheeled) is a 6x6 armoured vehicle personnel carrier (APC) that will mainly replace the old VAB 4x4 APC in service with the French army since 40 years. The Griffon has been designed to have a modular architecture and it will be delivered in five configuration including personnel carrier, command post, artillery observation and ambulance.
Full size mockup of Griffon VBMR 6x6 Multirole armoured vehicle at Eurosatory Defense Exhibition, in June 2016.
     
The Griffon VBMR (Véhicule Blindé MutiRôle - Multirole armoured vehicle) is a 6x6 armoured vehicle personnel carrier (APC) that will mainly replace the old VAB 4x4 APC in service with the French army since 40 years. The Griffon has been designed to have a modular architecture and it will be delivered in five configuration including personnel carrier, command post, artillery observation and ambulance.

The Griffon will have a maximum gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 24.5 tones and carrying up to 10 personnel. The main armament of the Griffon will include a remotely operated weapon station armed with a 12.7mm or 7.62mm machine gun or one 40mm automatic grenade launcher.

More info about the Griffon VBMR click this link.
     
The Jaguar EBRC (Engin Blindé de Reconnaissance et de Combat - Reconnaissance and Combat armoured vehicle) will replace AMX-10RC and ERC 90 Sagaie 6x6 reconnaissance vehicles and the VAB Mephisto variant armed with the HOT anti-tank guided missile also in service since many years in the French army.
Full size mockup of Jaguar EBRC (Engin Blindé de Reconnaissance et de Combat - Reconnaissance and Combat armoured vehicle) at French army demonstration, in November 2016.
     
The Jaguar EBRC (Engin Blindé de Reconnaissance et de Combat - Reconnaissance and Combat armoured vehicle) will replace AMX-10RC and ERC 90 Sagaie 6x6 reconnaissance vehicles and the VAB HOT Mephisto variant armed with the HOT anti-tank guided missile also in service since many years in the French army.
 
 

The Jaguar is 6x6 armoured vehicle fitted a two-man turret 40 CTAS armed with one 40mm CTC cannon with Ammunition Handling System (AHS). The 40mm cannon will have a maximum range of 1,500 m. The 40 CTC can incorporate multiple natures of ammunition within the same ammunition handling system which gives the vehicle the capability to quickly engage threats across the modern battlefield spectrum including those within urban environments.

Each side of the turret will be fitted with MMP (Missile Moyenne Portée - Medium Range Missile) missile designed by the French Company MBDA. The MMP missile is a fire-and-forget missile with lock-on before launch and automatic self-guidance and which has a maximum range of 4,000m. Four smoke grenade dischargers are mounted at the front each side of the turret.

More info about the Jaguar EBRC click this link.
     
     
 

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