319 GRIFFONs, 20 JAGUARs for French Forces
On 24 April, the procurement by DGA (the French military procurement agency) of the first production lot of GRIFFON and JAGUAR vehicles from Nexter, Renault Trucks Défense, and Thales was announced by the companies.
319 GRIFFON Multi-role Armoured Vehicle and 20 JAGUAR Armoured Reconnaissance and Combat Vehicle were ordered as part of the Multi-Role Armoured Vehicle (EBMR) contract. Logistic support and appropriate training is included in the contract. A crucial stage in the SCORPION programme, the awarding of this conditional tranche will thus launch the production of these new vehicles after only 27 months of development.
GRIFFON and JAGUAR, both of which benefit from a high level of protection, respectively replace the VAB and the AMX10RC, the SAGAIE ERC and the VAB HOT, used intensively by the French Army for over thirty years. They will enable the army to have a state-of-the-art combat tool with the best protection technologies and the best possible use to be made of digitised data on the battlefield.
The Nexter, Renault Trucks Defense and Thales teams are perfectly aligned in order to achieve the contractual milestones and to meet the qualification and production commitments, with the first deliveries of GRIFFON anticipated in 2018 and JAGUAR in 2020. Pooling of know-how and innovation capabilities creates the strength to design “connected” vehicles for tomorrow’s collaborative combat, featuring a high level of protection, optimum adaptability through the vehicles’ reconfigurable nature, great mobility, and leading-edge weapon systems.
The SCORPION programme provides for the delivery by the companies of 1,668 GRIFFON vehicles and 248 JAGUAR engines to the French Army, as well as the associated logistic support facilities.