Thales is to provide vehicle electronics for the armoured vehicles set to be acquired by the Belgian Land Forces.
France and Belgium entered the CaMo (Capacité Motorisée) government-to-government agreement last year for cooperation between the armies of the two countries.
The CaMo programme seeks to modernise Belgium’s land mobility capacities.
Under this agreement, Belgium is acquiring 382 Griffon multi-role armoured vehicles (VBMR) and 60 Jaguar reconnaissance and combat vehicles (EBRC) for an estimated cost of €1.6bn.
Vehicles will feature the specifications of France’s Scorpion programme. An industry team of Arquus, Nexter and Thales will supply the 442 Scorpion units.
Thales started work on the project as the supplier of vehicle electronics on 26 June. The company will equip the vehicles with a range of data capabilities, including vetronics and communication systems based on the CONTACT software-defined radio.
Digital technologies will enable the vehicles to engage in future ‘collaborative combat’.
Thales Secure Communication and Information Systems executive vice-president Marc Darmon said: “Thanks to Thales’s contribution to this programme, Belgium’s new vehicles will have all the latest technologies required for land combat.
“Thales’s expertise in vehicle digitalisation and connectivity is helping to propel Belgium’s operational capabilities forward into the future.”
The company will also provide other equipment including ANTARES 360° vision system, ECLIPSE new-generation active counter-IED system, and TopAxyz inertial navigation system.
ANTARES 360° features integrated laser warning function and future incoming missile detection capability. The system is designed to display situation awareness on a screen fitted inside the vehicle.
ECLIPSE increases force protection by preventing detonation of improvised explosive devices using remote control.
To be integrated into the Jaguar vehicles, Thales’s TopAxyz system is capable of measuring platform attitude and position in challenging conditions.
Thales already supplies these systems for the French Scorpion programme.