French Army takes delivery of 16 Griffon vehicles

By Defence Industry Europe

The French Army received a significant boost to its capabilities with the delivery of 16 Griffon armored vehicles in October, as confirmed by the Directorate General of Armaments (DGA). Among these, 13 are troop transport versions (ATV), and three are command post versions (VPC), marking a steady progress in the modernization of the army’s armored fleet.

 

Under the latest LPM program law, France is committed to delivering all 887 Griffon vehicles by the end of 2025. This ambitious target is part of a broader effort to replace the older Véhicule de l’Avant Blindé (VAB) models, which have been in service since 2019.

 

 

The Griffon, weighing 24.5 tonnes, is designed for both support and transport of combatants. It boasts significant enhancements in protection against direct fire, mines, and improvised explosive devices. Despite its strong armor, the Griffon maintains remarkable speed and agility. It can reach speeds up to 90 km/h and features a turning circle of just 7 meters, thanks to its rear steering axle.

In terms of armament, the Griffon surpasses its predecessor with a remotely operated turret, which can be equipped with either a 12.7 or 7.62 mm machine gun. Additionally, the vehicle has been designed with a focus on ergonomics and comfort for combatants, offering more space and an air conditioning system.

 

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As of the end of October 2023, the French Army had received 533 Griffon vehicles, including 443 in the troop transport version, 79 in the command post version, and 11 in the artillery observation version.

The Scorpion programme, under which the Griffon is developed, employs an incremental approach. This strategy allows for the early delivery of each capability variant to the army as soon as it is deemed ready. The DGA has been conducting successive qualifications for the different versions of the Griffon, ensuring each meets the stringent requirements of modern warfare.

 

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