Future French army Serval armored reconnaissance vehicle to be delivered in three variants
The Serval, or light VBMR multi-role armored vehicle, will be available in three versions: Armored Patrol Vehicle (VPB, Véhicule Patrouille Blindée), Tactical Communication Node (NCT, Nœud de Communication Tactique) and SA2R (Surveillance, Acquisition, Intelligence and Reconnaissance).
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The Serval is a 15-ton multi-role armored vehicle that integrates various equipment common to other vehicles of the Scorpion programme (Picture source: Nexter)
Nexter and Texelis, as part of the temporary grouping of companies (GME) light-VBMR (véhicule blindé multi-rôles - Léger) Serval, were notified on December 23, 2020 by the French Delegation for Armaments (DGA) of the first production tranches of the Serval contract, i.e. 364 vehicles. This notification provides for the delivery in 2022 of the first 12 production vehicles in the first half of the year, followed by a further 96 in the second half.
The Seval is a 15-ton multi-role armored vehicle that integrates various equipment common to other vehicles of the Scorpion programme, especially the electronic core, a turret remotely operated from the passenger compartment, threat sensors and the Scorpion Combat Information System (SICS), which enables it to be integrated into the Scorpion systems network. Based on a modular architecture, Nexter and Texelis have developed three main versions of this weapon system (patrol, intelligence and reconnaissance, and communications relay), themselves available in numerous variants.
Designed to operate in combat zones, the Serval combines flexibility, strategic mobility and payload carrying capacity. It is the indispensable complement to the heavy multi-role armored vehicle Griffon (EBMR) and the armored reconnaissance and combat vehicle Jaguar (EBRC) that will equip the land task force's armored middle segment.