On Friday December 5th, Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister of Defense, handed over the EBMR (Multi-Role Armoured Vehicle) contract to the presidents of the GME*: Stefano Chmielewski - RENAULT TRUCKS Defense, Philippe Burtin - Nexter Systems, and Philippe Logak - Thales. This was also the moment to officialise and reveal the names of the two new vehicles: GRIFFON for the VBMR and JAGUAR for the EBRC.
From left to right: Laurent Collet-Billon,DGA, Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister of Defense, General Bosser,French army Chief of staff, Stefano Chmielewski- President of Renault Trucks Defense, Philippe Burtin – Nexter System CEO, Philippe Logak-Thales CEO
Under the EBMR contract, the Multi-Role Armoured Vehicle GRIFFON and Reconnaissance and Combat Armoured Vehicle JAGUAR will replace respectively on the one hand the VAB, and on the other hand, the AMX10RC, the ERC Sagaie and the VAB Hot, produced in the 70s and 80s and used extensively by the French Army in all theaters of operation for thirty years.
Marc Chassillan introduces the GRIFFON to the Minister
From left to right: Marc Chassillan – Senior Vice President Marketing, External Communications and Industrial Cooperation –RTD; Jean-François PELLARIN –Head of EBMR project, Nexter ; General François BOUCHET, director of UMTER, DGA Hubert De-Pontaud: Thales Sales and Marketing Directorate
DGA chief engineer Laurent Barraco, director of SCORPION program, DGA
Colonel Rey – French Army chief officer of SCORPION program
The contract covers all phases of an armament program, from development to unit logistical support through the qualification and production of systems. The GME is committed to the integral performance of the equipment in the long term as well as the operational availability of vehicles in service.
The Scorpion’s concept makes it possible to imagine the creation of a three tiered offering:
- a system of systems with turnkey deliveries of readymade operational units (vehicles, training system, information system, communication systems, munitions and SLI),
- vehicles offered with different options,
- and finally technologies or subsystems. For example, the 40CTA turret of the JAGUAR can be fitted to chassis other than JAGUAR, the Scorpion vetronics system, which is independent from the platform, and can therefore be fitted to future vehicles produced by Scorpion or existing vehicles operated by the French Army.
* *GME: Groupement Momentané d’Entreprises – (Momentary Group of Companies) set up in 2014 by the three companies.