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On 6 December, the Groupement Momentané d’Entreprises (GME) and Engin Blindé Multi Rôles delivered the 119th and last GRIFFON planned for 2021 to the French Army. The 119 GRIFFONs were first submitted to the verification operations of the French Defence Procurement Agency at the Nexter site in Roanne before being sent to the regiments. Thus, the GME team, composed of Nexter, Arquus and Thales, is meeting its delivery target for the year 2021, in accordance with the initial order of April 2017 and the 2019-2025 military programming law, according to a press release from the companies.

For the record, 128 GRIFFONs had been submitted for verification in 2020, and 92 in 2019, making a total of 339 since the notification of the TC2 conditional tranche of the EBMR contract. In addition, all variants of the troop transport version are now qualified, namely:

  • the FELIN
  • sniper section
  • 81mm mortar
  • refuelling
  • light intervention element
  • engineer
  • medium range missile
  • command post vehicle version