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The French Armament Procurement Agency (DGA) has awarded a contract to a new consortium formed by Nexter Systems, Renault Trucks Defense and Thales, to deliver armoured multirole vehicles (EMBR) under the Scorpion programme.

The GME consortium will cover all phases of the armament programme, from development to unit logistical support, as well as the qualification and production of systems.

"The GME consortium will cover all phases of the armament programme."

Deliveries of approximately 2,000 vehicles, in addition to all related logistical support equipment, are set to begin in 2018.

The new multirole armoured Griffon vehicle and reconnaissance and combat armoured Jaguar variant will replace the French Army’s existing VAB and AMX10RC, as well as the ERC Sagaie and VAB Hot, which have been deployed by the army in all theatre missions for 30 years.

The latest technologies in mobility, protection, weapons and digitisation will be incorporated in the first Scorpion-approved systems.

Image: Approximately 2,000 multirole vehicles are set to be delivered to the French Army from 2018. Photo: courtesy of Thales.

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