France has taken delivery of the last 18 of the 128 6×6 GRIFFON multirole vehicles in Troop Transport and Command Vehicle versions scheduled for 2020, completing the first tranche of 200 vehicles. These will be subjected to an incoming inspection by the DGA and, after a positive result, handed over to the troops at the Canjuers site. The official takeover will take place there.
In September 2020, the DGA had set the course for the production of the second batch of the two vehicles until 2023. Accordingly, the delivery of 271 GRIFFON and 42 JAGUAR vehicles was agreed. This includes, for the first time, the GRIFFON Artillery Observer and Ambulance versions.
For the production of protected vehicles under the Scorpion programme (which includes the GRIFFON and JAGUAR) Nexter, Thales and Arquus have joined forces forming the Groupement Momentané d’Entreprises (GME). Despite the delays caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, production of the GRIFFON was completed in 2020. Although the JAGUARs will have a delayed delivery from April 2021, the production schedule for next year well be adhered to.
Nexter represents the GME consortium and is responsible for the development and production of the vehicle structure. This includes the armoured hull, NBC defence and ballistic protection, as well as the interior fittings. Nexter is also responsible for the assembly of the vehicles and integration at the Roanne industrial estate. All equipment and subsystems supplied by partners and contractors are integrated in this facility.
Arquus develops and produces the complete driveline of the GRIFFON, including all parts and components that ensure the mobility of the vehicle. In addition, the Remote-Controlled Self-Defence systems for the vehicles in the Scorpion programme come from Arquus. These Remotely Controlled Weapon Systems benefit from the latest technologies including Full HD video, augmented reality tactical situational awareness, advanced connectivity with vetronics that put the RCWS at the heart of the collaborative fight.
Thales brings all the technologies on board the vehicles that enable the use of data and information for the cooperative deployment of the platforms. This includes on-board vetronics, which are computer-based and link all navigation, protection, observation and communication services. The onboard vetronics enable the management and consolidation of all data in the vehicle. The Contact radio software ensures the networking of the emergency forces through real-time communication capability.