The Jaguar EBRC is a new development of a 6×6 Reconnaissance and Combat Armoured Vehicle for the French Army under the program EBMR Scorpion (Engin Blindé Multi-Rôles – Armoured Multi-roles Vehicles). In December 2014, On the occasion of its visit in the 27th Mountain Infantry Brigade Artillery of Varces (Isère), Jean-Yves LE DRIAN, French Minister of Defence, handed the EBMR (Armoured Multi-roles vehicles) market to the CEOs of the GME (temporary consortium) formed by the French companies Nexter Systems, Renault Trucks Defense and Thales.
Prepared by the Armament Procurement Agency (DGA), this market plans the development, the manufacturing and the support of the EBMR of the SCORPION program. Under the EBMR contract, the Reconnaissance and Combat Armoured Vehicle Jaguar EBRC will replace the AMX10RC, the ERC-90 Sagaie and the VAB Hot in service with the French Army. The EBMR program includes the delivery of 248 Jaguar EBRC to the French Army which could be started in 2020. A total of 110 vehicles expected to be delivered until 2025.
“In terms of firepower, French will replace the high caliber weapons such as the 90mm and 105mm with the new 40mm CT medium caliber cannon in the reconnaissance role.
I think this will give them, rapid firing capability supported by a new generation sighting system for the gunner and commander plus a modern fire-control system that will satisfy a high first round hit probability.
Coupled with the 40mm ammunition’s acclaimed high penetration and the capabilities coming from the use of programmable rounds, Jaguar will have a quite good lethality against a large range of targets.
The modern sighting equipment and data communication capability will also have an impact on the performance and success of the reconnaissance missions.
The UK’s Scout SV a 40+ ton tracked vehicle with 40mm CT two-men turret and France’s 6×6 25 ton wheeled vehicle with a similar weapon system show two different approaches in armored reconnaissance and only time will tell how they will perform.”(warfare757.rssing.com)
France partly lifts veil on Jaguar EBRC: HERE
The Jaguar EBRC will be fitted with a two-man turret 40 CTAS armed with one 40mm CTC cannon with Ammunition Handling System (AHS). The 40mm cannon will have a maximum range of 1,500 m.
Nexter has been working on a brand new Two-Men Turret based on the Franco-British 40mm Cased Telescoped Weapon System CTWS40.CTWS uses a rotating breech mechanism and Cased Telescoped Ammunition where the projectile is fully or partly buried inside the propellant.
The 40 CTC can incorporate multiple natures of ammunition within the same ammunition handling system which gives the vehicle the capability to quickly engage threats across the modern battlefield spectrum including those within urban environments. The 40 mm cannon can fire a full range of ammunition as the APFSDS-T, TP-T, TPRR-T, GPR-PD-T, GPR-AB-T and A3B.
The projectile is fully or partly buried inside the propellant
The turret is fully stabilized in azimuth and elevation thanks to the GCE (Gun Control Equipment) which enable the vehicle to fire on the move. The GCE include the elevation azimuth drive motors, encoders, gyroscopes, accelerometers and electronic control unit. A remote weapon sttaion armed with a 7.62mm machine gun is mounted on the top of the turret. Each side of the turret will be fitted with MMP (Missile Moyenne Portée – Medium Range Missile) missile designed by the French Company MBDA.
The MMP missile is a fire-and-forget missile with lock-on before launch and automatic self-guidance and which has a maximum range of 4,000m. Four smoke grenade dischargers are mounted at the front each side of the turret.
Design and Protection
The Jaguar EBRC is based on 6×6 all-terrain vehicle chassis with the turret mounted at the centre of the hull. We can suppose that the hull of the Jaguar EBRC will have the same level of protection (NATO STANAG 4569 Level 4) as the Griffon VBMR which is also include in the EBMR Scorpion program of the French army. The STANAG 4569 Level 4 provides protection against fire of small arms 14.5mmx114 AP, 155mm artillery shell splinters at 30m and mine blast protection of 10 kg TNT under the wheel.
The 40 CTAS turret offers the same level of protection. The driver is seated at the front center of the hull. He has a single-piece hatch which is provided with three day periscopes. The gunner of the Jaguar EBRC is seated on the right of the turret with the commander on the left, both being provided with a single-piece hatch cover and day periscopes.
The Jaguar EBRC uses a 6×6 chassis. Currently, there is no information about the motorization of the vehicle.
The Jaguar EBRC is equipped with a stabilised panoramic sight for long-range surveillance and target identification, independent of turret orientation. The gun system is fitted with the CTAS controller which incorporates the control of the azimuth and elevation of the weapon along with the ballistic correction software, coincidence control of the weapon and programming of the AirBurst rounds (GPR-AB-T and A3B). To increase its self-protection, the Jaguar EBRC is equipped with a laser warning system, a threat missile detection system, radio and infrared jamming system. The standard equipment of the Jaguar EBRC will also includes new command, control and networking system.
|One 40mm cannon, one 7.62mm machine gun and medium range anti-tank missiles|
|Program EBMR Scorpion of French Army|
|Nexter, Renault Trucks Defense (RTD) and Thales.|
|Day/night vision, nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC) protection, with internal overpressure and air conditioning, laser warning system, a threat missile detection system, radio and infared jamming system.|
|Protection against firing of small arms and shell splinters (NATO STANAG 4569 Level 4)|
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