The GME (Groupement Momentané d’Entreprises) EBMR (engin blindé multi rôles) delivered to the French Army the 119th and last Griffon planned for 2021. The 119 GRIFFONs were first submitted to the verification operations of the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA/SQ) at the Nexter site in Roanne before being sent to the regiments. Thus, the GME team, composed of Nexter, Arquus, and Thales, is meeting its delivery target for the year 2021, by the initial order of April 2017 and the 2019-2025 military programming law. For the record, 128 GRIFFONs had been submitted for verification in 2020, and 92 in 2019, making a total of 339 Griffons since the notification of the TC2 conditional tranche of the EBMR contract.
In addition, all variants of the troop transport version are now qualified, namely the FELIN, sniper section (STE), 81mm mortar (MO81), refueling (RAV), light intervention element (ELI), engineer (GEN), medium-range missile (MMP) variants, in addition to the command post vehicle (EPC) version. Nexter, Arquus, and Thales wish to highlight the quality of the industrial cooperation between all the sites involved in the program and warmly thank their teams for the work carried out in 2021. Once again, they have shown total commitment to the execution of their mission in the service of the Army. The delivery of GRIFFON vehicles will continue at the same pace in 2022.
The VBMR Griffon (Vehicule blinde multi-rôles Griffon, Multi-role armored vehicle Griffon) is a French multi-role armored vehicle that will replace the French Army’s VAB armored personnel carrier. The French army has been preparing to replace the VAB since the early 2000s. According to the Army’s 2020 Defense White Paper, it plans to buy up to 2,122 VBMR vehicles between 2018 and 2025. A consortium of Nexter, Thales, and Renault Trucks Defense is building the vehicles. The same consortium also builds the EBRC Jaguar reconnaissance and combat vehicle for the French Army, which shares 70% of its components with the VBMR Griffon. Griffon and Jaguar both use standard commercial truck engines, which have been adapted to use a wider range of fuel.
The vehicle will carry up to eight infantry soldiers. The Griffon is equipped with a remote weapons station that can be armed with either a 12.7mm or 7.62mm machine gun or a 40mm automatic grenade launcher. The addition of two Missile Moyenne Portée (MMP) anti-tank guided missiles is optional. Eight launchers for smoke grenades are fitted to the remote weapon station, which also includes an acoustic sniper localization system. The vehicle has an overpressure system to maintain constant protection to the troop compartment against chemical, biological and radiological threats. For service in hot climates, the Griffon is equipped with air conditioning.