Griffon’s French engineering prototype breaks cover

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by Amael Kotlarski

Images of a pre-production prototype of the Multi-Role Armored Vehicle (MLV) Griffon Genie Variant (Engineering) were unveiled in a tweet from the École du Génie, the specialized engineering school of the French army in Angers, France, October 15.

The French Army’s Ecole du Génie has unveiled the Griffon Génie prototype. (Angers School of Engineering)

The photographs were also shared on Facebook by the 6e Régiment du Génie (6e Régiment du Génie), also based in Angers.

The Griffon Génie prototype was officially presented to the school’s staff, trainees and cadets by members of the Army Technical Section (Army Technical Section, STAT).

The vehicle shown has an exterior appearance similar to the troop carrier version, with a few notable additions including a towing winch mounted in the front of the engine compartment and a towing hook on the rear of the chassis. Like the Genie Front Armored Vehicle (VAB) it is intended to replace, the Genie Griffon is designed to be fitted with six role-specific kits, including urban support, mobility support , support for emergency deployment, demining and pollution control, counter mobility and disposal of explosive ordnance (EOD).

The Griffon Génie will be equipped with a Hornet ranged weapon system and a Metravib Pilar V acoustic fire sensor, standard for the Griffon. It will equip combat engineer groups as well as more specialized units such as EOD, combat diving engineer and operational search and investigation teams.

It is also likely that the Engineer Griffon will replace the in-service mine-resistant and ambush-protected Aravis vehicle with EOD teams from the 13th Engineer Regiment (13th Engineer Regiment) acquired as an urgent operational requirement in 2009 and then deployed. in Afghanistan and Mali.

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