In June 2022, the consortium members also jointly submitted the results of a derisking study on the use of lithium-ion batteries in military vehicles. Trials were conducted on a vehicle mock-up and on a GRIFFON prototype to enable DGA Techniques Terrestres (the DGA’s land forces centre of expertise) and the consortium to test the whole system. In the future, these new batteries could power larger numbers of electrical devices with the same stand-by time as existing batteries and half the charging time. The consortium’s study opens up new opportunities for equipping the most energy-hungry vehicles in the theatre of operations.
SCORPION, an ambitious programme
The JAGUAR armoured reconnaissance and combat vehicle (EBRC2) and the GRIFFON multi-role armoured vehicle (VBMR3) were developed under the SCORPION programme led by the DGA, alongside the SERVAL light multi-role armoured vehicles. They are natively designed for the SCORPION combat information system (SICS4), enabling land forces to conduct collaborative combat operations, with real-time communications between deployed units and other digitalised battlefield solutions to ensure that the French Army would stay one step ahead of the adversary in a high-intensity conflict situation.
The first SCORPION combined arms brigade will be formed at the end of 2023 to deploy these new combat capabilities.
The JAGUAR is a 25-tonne armoured reconnaissance and combat vehicle armed with a 40 mm cannon with telescoped munitions (CTA) and the MMP missile.
The vehicle is unique in several respects:
- It has three advanced turret-mounted weapon systems: the 40 mm CTA cannon from Nexter, two medium-range missiles (MMP) from MBDA and the T3 remote weapon station.
- Its state-of-the-art vetronics, developed by Thales, includes latest-generation optronic systems (IR/TV, missile launch detector, laser warning receiver, etc.) and an onboard tactical training capability.
- Its new-generation chassis, developed by Arquus, as well as all-wheel drive (6×6), an innovative suspension system and a 400 CV engine, provide exceptional tactical, theatre-level and strategic mobility for a 25-tonne vehicle.
The GRIFFON is a 24-tonne multi-role armoured vehicle, available in numerous versions, including troop transport, command post, communications relay, artillery observation and 120 mm mortar (MEPAC). Deployed by the French Army in the Sahel in 2021, the GRIFFON is recognised for its operational performance, high mobility and ease of maintenance. It includes the common systems developed for the other SCORPION vehicles, such as the vetronics, the SICS combat information system and the Hornet remote weapon station.