French 1st Foreign Engineer Regiment receives first Griffon EPC


Colonel Antoine Fleuret, C.O. of the 1REG (1er Régiment Etranger de Génie, 1st Foreign Engineer Regiment) of the French Army tweeted on June 9 that his regiment had just received its first Griffon VBMR in command post version (EPC, Engin Poste de Commandement). 18 more Griffons will be delivered to the 1REG within the 12 forthcoming months, he wrote.
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French 1st Foreign Engineer Regiment receives its first Griffon EPC (Picture source: Twitter account of C.O. 1REG)


On 13 November 2020, the French Delegation for Armaments (DGA) qualified the command post vehicle (EPC) variant of the Griffon armored vehicle. The Griffon EPC can accommodate a driver and a gunner at the front, and five soldiers at the rear of the vehicle. From an external point of view, the silhouette of the EPC does not differ from the VTT Félin variant (troop transport vehicle). Only the armament changes, with the integration on the roof of a new-generation Arquus T2 remotely operated turret armed with a 7.62mm caliber.

Inside, on the other hand, the Griffon EPC is fully equipped to accommodate a command post: communication means, large screens, a board and a printer. This variant is designed to accommodate latest-generation electronic equipment for collaborative combat: the vetronics common to the Scorpion platforms, the Contact joint radio, the Scorpion Information Combat System (SICS), the ANTARES optronic system offering the crew a 360° vision of the environment, as well as a gunfire location detector (or SLA, for Acoustic Localization System). In addition, the air-conditioning system adapts to all environments to guarantee the crew’s comfort and the proper functioning of onboard electronics.


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Griffon EPC Command Post (Picture source: Nexter/Arquus/Thales)


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Griffon EPC Command Post (Picture source: Nexter/Arquus/Thales)


 

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