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The French Delegation for Armaments (DGA) has qualified the Command Post Vehicle (EPC) variant of the GRIFFON vehicle, with the first examples being submitted for acceptance by the DGA’s quality department at the Roanne site. Therefore, the three first GRIFFON EPC have been delivered to the Army Technical Section (STAT) which will continue the operational evaluation of this equipment with its rapid deployment within the regiments in sight. The GME (temporary grouping of companies) EBMR (Engins Blindés Multi-Rôles) comprised of Nexter, Arquus and Thales is fully mobilised on the production of the first 35 series GRIFFON EPCs to be presented to verification operations by the end of 2020. Ultimately, the SCORPION programme calls for the acquisition of 333 units of this variant, half of which will be delivered by 2025. The SCORPION programme aims to modernise the Army’s combat capabilities, particularly improving command through new information resources.

GRIFFON Command Post

The GRIFFON EPC can accommodate a driver and a gunner in the front, and five soldiers in the rear of the vehicle. From an external point of view, the silhouette of the EPC does not differ from the troop transport variant. Only the armament changes, with the integration on the roof of a new-generation T2 remotely operated turret armed with a 7.62mm calibre gun. Inside on the other hand, the GRIFFON EPC is fully equipped to accommodate a command post with communication means, large screens, a board and a printer.

This variant is designed to accommodate latest-generation electronic equipment for collaborative combat:

  • the vetronics common to the SCORPION platforms
  • the CONTACT joint radio
  • the SCORPION Combat Information System (SICS)
  • the ANTARES optronic system offering the crew a 360° vision of the environment
  • a gunfire location detector (or SLA, for Acoustic Localisation System).
  • an air-conditioning system that adapts to all environments to guarantee crew’s comfort and the proper functioning of onboard electronics.

Thanks to its level of protection and mobility, the EPC variant of the GRIFFON enables a command post to be deployed quickly at the heart of operations. The force commander can thus conduct an engagement or monitor the progress of a regimental or brigade-level action. The arrival of the GRIFFON EPC is complementary to the GRIFFON VTT Félin, with the goal of projecting a joint battle group (GTIA) into a foreign theatre of operations by 2021.

Jack Richardson