French Army will stage an exercise in June under its Scorpion modernization program 1202125
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Defense News - France
|Sunday, February 12, 2012, 06:47 PM|
|French Army will stage an exercise in June under its Scorpion modernization program.|
The French Army will stage an exercise involving networked armored vehicles and 400 troops in June under its Scorpion modernization program, a source familiar with the project said.
(Source DefenseNews Pierre Tran)
At the defence exhibition in London DSEI 2011, the French Company Nexter presents the XP2 demonstrator, a new concept of armoured personnel carrier.
The Scorpion program is a multibillion euro transformation effort by the Army, Direction Général de l’Armement (DGA) procurement office and Chief of Defense Staff to acquire a multirole troop carrier, a light tank, and a common command and control system; modernize the Leclerc tank; and reduce ownership cost. However, budget cuts could shutter the program.
Christian Mons, chairman of the Groupement des Industries Françaises de Defense Terrestre (GICAT) trade body, has called for a doubling to 100 million euros ($132 million) of government spending on research and technology in land systems, with a focus on robotics, force protection and aeromobility.
That figure compares with 700 million euros a year on across-the-board defense R&% spending. Mons called on the government to boost that to 1.3 billion euros.
The defense ministry previously committed 100 million euros annually in R&T to land systems but cut that in recent years.
France holds the Eurosatory International Defence & Security exhibition from 11 to 15 June 2012 in Villepinte, in the northern suburbs of Paris.