In this video filmed at Eurosatory 2016, Christopher F Foss, Editor of IHS Jane’s Land Warfare Platforms discusses the Griffon – The French Army’s future wheeled armoured personnel carrier.
Griffon VBMR 6×6 multi-role armoured vehicle
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 Multi-Role Armoured Vehicle GRIFFON will replace the VAB 4×4 armoured personnel carrier currently in service with the French Army. The EBMR program includes the delivery of 1,722 Griffon to the French Army which could be started in 2018. A total of 780 vehicles expected to be delivered until 2025. The main role of the Griffon VBMR is to provide the French Army with a new armoured personnel carrier with high level of protection and mobility.
The Griffon will be fitted with a remote weapon system, armed a 12.7mm/7.62mm heavy machine gun or an 40mm automatic grenade launcher. Such equipment is used on modern military vehicles, as it allows a gunner to remain in the relative protection of the vehicle.
Design and Protection
The Griffon layout is standard with the powerpack at the front, the crew in the middle and the troops compartment at the rear. The Griffon will have a weight of around 24,500 kg. and has been designed to offer a high level of off-road performance and a high level of ballistic protection through its modular armour system (up to NATO STANAG 4569 Level 4).
The Griffon VBMR could be motorized with a 400 hp. commercial Renault-Volvo diesel engine, with an automatic transmission, independent hydro-strut suspension, and front and rear axle steering. The vehicle uses a 6×6 all-terrain truck chassis.
|One 7.62 mm or 12.7mm machine gun, or 40mm automatic grenade launcher.|
|Nexter, Renault Trucks Defense (RTD) and Thales.|
|Day/night vision, nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC) protection, with internal overpressure and air conditioning.|
|3 + 8 soldiers|
|Protection against firing of small arms and shell splinters (NATO STANAG 4569 Level 4)|
|800 km a|
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