TEMPORARY COMPANY GROUPING EBMR MEETS ITS DELIVERY OBJECTIVES FOR 2019
Category: Defence Industry
Category: Defence Industry
On 24 December 2019, the temporary company grouping EBMR (Multi-Role Armoured Vehicles) received the inspection report for the 92nd VBMR-GRIFFON from the quality department of the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA/SQ).
The group team consisting of Nexter, Arquus and Thales thus meets its delivery objectives for 2019, in accordance with the initial order of April 2017 and the military programming law 2019-2025.
At the beginning of July 2019, a first batch of six vehicles was handed over to the French army by the DGA in the presence of Madame Florence Parly, the French Army minister.
The production of the 92 GRIFFON vehicles was completed and certified within 6 months, representing true industrial performance and showing the continuing commitment of the grouping to the armed forces.
The Nexter, Arquus and Thales teams have mobilized with DGA teams to deliver the development, qualification and production commitments of the GRIFFON. They are working together to design a vehicle with a high level of protection, optimum ergonomics, high mobility, an effective weapons system, the latest generation communications, and equipped with new functions (sensors, electronics, algorithms) for collaborative combat.
Overall, the SCORPION program plans for the temporary company grouping to deliver 1872 GRIFFON vehicles to the French army; of these, 936 vehicles will be presented between now and 2025, with all the associated logistical support resources. 128 GRIFFON vehicles are expected to be delivered in 2020.
ROLE OF EACH MEMBER OF THE TEMPORARY COMPANY GROUPING IN THE GRIFFON PROGRAM:
Arquus designs and produces the complete GRIFFON driveline, which is all the parts and units providing vehicle mobility. This driveline, which redefines the mobility standards for armored troop transport vehicles, provides the latest generation off-road performance, enabling it to travel alongside the other vehicles in the SCORPION program in all conditions. Arquus also designs and supplies the GRIFFON's remotely operated self-defence systems, using common parts from the SCORPION program. These remotely operated turrets use the most modern technologies: Full HD digital imaging, direct sharing of tactical situations in augmented reality on the marksman's screen, and extended connectivity with vetronics putting the turret in the center of collaborative combat.
Arquus provides logistics for all the replacement parts and units for the Griffon vehicles in the Scorpion program, through its logistics platform at Fourchambault.
Nexter acts as an agent in the context of the EBMR grouping. Nexter is in charge of the development and production of the structure of the vehicles, including the armoured body, ballistic and CBRN protection solutions, and interior layout. Thanks to the high-precision machining and robotized welding operations, the mechanically welded structure of the GRIFFON's aluminium body provides the best protection performance for servicemen. Nexter is responsible for assembling the vehicles and integrating all the systems and equipment supplied by the members of the grouping.
Thales brings to the vehicles all the technologies for using data and information for collaborative platform engagement. This includes on-board common vetronics, based on computers and providing the link between the navigation, protection, observation and communication systems. It facilitates the management and fusion of all the data from the vehicle. The CONTACT software radio supports networking for the forces, by providing real time communication capacities. These systems, connected to the information system and limiting combatant exposure to potential threats, aim to provide a decisive advantage to units by extending their intelligence and operation capacity.