French Defence Minister Florence Parly accepted the first Griffon 6×6 multirole armoured vehicle (Véhicule Blindé Multi-Rôles: VBMR) on behalf of the French Army on 4 July in a ceremony at the Satory plant of Nexter, the vehicle’s manufacturer.
France has placed a total order of 1,872 Griffons under the Synergie du Contact Renforcée par la Polyvalence et l’infovalorisation (SCORPION) programme, which was launched in 2014, and is France’s plan to modernise the French Army’s ageing vehicle fleet.
The Griffon is the largest vehicle order in the programme, with the other main vehicle ordered being the Jaguar 6×6 reconnaissance vehicle. The Griffon is to replace the French Army’s 2,661-strong Véhicule de l’avant blindé (VAB) fleet, which has been in service since 1978.
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