The French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) has placed an order with Nexter, Renault Trucks Defense and Thales for Griffon and Jaguar vehicles, in support of the Scorpion military modernisation programme.
The programme provides for the delivery by the Temporary Business Grouping, of 1,668 Griffon vehicles and 248 Jaguar engines to the French Army, as well as the associated logistic support facilities.
The latest production order, which has been placed as part of the multi-role armoured vehicle contract, will cover delivery of 319 Griffon and 20 Jaguar vehicles.
The Griffon multi-role armoured vehicle and Jaguar armoured reconnaissance and combat vehicle are intended to respectively replace VAB and AMX10RC, SAGAIE ERC and VAB Hot vehicles used by the French Army for more than 30 years.
Scorpion programme director Jean-François Pellarin said: "We are proud of this new sign of confidence on the part of the French Procurement Agency and can't wait to start producing this new equipment, which will project the operational capabilities of the army to the future."
Production of the new vehicles will begin after 27 months of development, Thales stated.
First deliveries of the Griffon and Jaguar are expected to take place in 2018 and 2020 respectively.
The contract awarded by the DGA also covers logistic support and associated training.
French land defence company Nexter is involved in the supply of weapon systems and ammunition for air and naval forces.
Renault Trucks Defense develops and manufactures a full range of armoured, tactical and logistics vehicles.
It also supplies the complete 8x8 driveline of the French Army’s 630 VBCI infantry fighting vehicles and the special chassis of the Caesar from Nexter Systems, a 155mm self-propelled howitzer.
Image: Scorpion military modernisation programme provides for the delivery of 1,668 Griffon vehicles and 248 Jaguar engines to the French Army. Photo: courtesy of Thales Group.