France orders 313 additional Griffon and Jaguar vehicles

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The French Ministry of the Armed Forces has ordered additional Griffon and Jaguar vehicles from Nexter, Arquus and Thales as part of its Scorpion land vehicle program.The new order includes 271 Griffon vehicles and 42 Jaguar vehicles expected to be delivered between 2022 and 2023. The order follows an initial contract for 339 vehicles signed in 2017.

In total, the French army is expected to receive 1,872 Griffons and 300 Jaguars by 2030 as part of a major recapitalization of the country’s land forces. By 2025, 936 Griffons and 150 Jaguars are expected to be delivered.

By the end of 2020, France aims to deliver Griffon vehicles to five regiments of its army as well as to military training centers and schools. The Griffons are expected to be with nine regiments by the end of next year.

The French army aims to make the first Griffon combined arms battle group operational by 2021.

Griffon is a multi-purpose vehicle designed to replace the in-service Blind Forward Vehicle (VAB), which comes in several variants including an ambulance, troop transporter, command post and observation deck. artillery.

The vehicle also has a control-protected mortar variant fitted with a Thales 120mm rifled recoil mounted mortar system.

Jaguar is an armored reconnaissance and combat vehicle that will replace the light tanks in service. Jaguar is equipped with the same 40mm CTA gun as that of the British AJAX and Warrior CSP vehicles and is manufactured by a joint venture between BAE Systems and Nexter.

Griffon and Jaguar are both 6 × 6 vehicles weighing around 25 tons.

Jaguar and Griffon are part of France’s larger Scorpion project to deliver 6,000 new vehicles to the French military that are connected through a networked system.

As part of Scorpion, France also acquires 2,038 4 × 4 Serval and 200 upgraded Leclerc main battle tanks.

Image: Nexter.



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