France: Griffon VOA vehicle ready for service in army

By Defence Industry Europe

The French Direction générale de l'armement (DGA) has announced the successful qualification of the Griffon multi-role armored vehicle in the artillery observation version (Griffon VOA).

The vehicle has now passed rigorous tests, solidifying its readiness for deployment. As part of its modernization efforts, the French Army is set to receive 117 Griffon VOAs between 2023 and 2035, with 55 vehicles already ordered.

The supply of these  vehicles will be facilitated by the EBMR consortium, consisting of Nexter/KNDS, Arquus, and Thales.


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Equipped with advanced optoelectronic observation capabilities, guidance systems, telemetry, and a laser target designator, the Griffon VOA stands ready to excel in its artillery observation role. These features enable it to efficiently identify and locate artillery equipment, as well as other objects, including airborne targets.

In addition, the Griffon VOA boasts the MURIN (Moyen de surveillance Utilisant un Radar d’observation des INtervalles) tactical surveillance radar, a remarkable innovation developed by Thales. Weighing in at 40 kg, this radar system has the ability to detect and identify movement on land and water, as well as flying objects, within an radius of 24 km.



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