SMX31, Racer, Scarabée: These ultra-innovative unfunded French defense industrial programs

In the field of the defense industry, France has often demonstrated its ability to develop high-performance equipment that is sometimes several years ahead of its international competitors. But if certain successes are undeniable, as were the Light Stealth Frigates or the VAB armored vehicles, both ahead of the very perception of the need when they appeared, it has also happened, very often, that very efficient programs and in ahead of their time were ignored by the French authorities, letting slip crucial technological assets which certain competitors did not fail to seize. This is how France passed by...

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Against all logic, the new light armored vehicle of the Army will be designed in European cooperation

The replacement of Light Armored Vehicles, or VBL, is today at the top of the list of programs to be launched urgently for the French Army. Designed in the 80s by the company Panhard General Defense (integrated into Arquus when the brand was created in 2018), the VBL has been part of all French commitments since its entry into service in 1990. Despite undeniable qualities, particularly in terms of mobility and scalability, the vehicle having been available in 13 versions including 7 in service with the French armies, it now marks the weight of the years in the face of tougher commitments,…

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With SCORPION, the French Army revolutionizes its combat capabilities in contact

Among the main European defense programs, the French SCORPION program unquestionably holds a very special place. Truly structuring, it provides for nothing less than in-depth modernization not only of the equipment but also of the doctrines of the Army's tactical units. Open since 2018 to a certain form of European cooperation, via the Belgian CaMo program, the SCORPION program (Synergie du COntact Reinforced par la Versatility et l'Info valorisatiON) provides for the development of several new vehicles, the renovation of equipment, but also and above all the implementation of an infovalorized combat system, the SICS, which will propel the French Army and…

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The DGA notifies the order of 54 Griffons MEPAC equipped with 120mm 2M2R mortars

In a press release published on January 24, the GME Scorpion – Momentary Grouping of Companies made up of Nexter, Arquus and Thales – declared that the DGA had notified them on December 30, 2019 of a new amendment to the SCORPION program contract. This amendment relates to the order expected since last summer for 54 Griffon multi-role armored vehicles equipped to carry a 120mm rifled mortar in their hold. The amendment thus makes it possible to respect the target of 1872 SCORPION vehicles provided for in the current military programming law. This new variant of the Griffon is designated MEPAC, for Embedded Mortar for Contact Support, the mortar in question being…

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The 10 most read articles on Meta-defense in 2019

To get the year off to a good start, and while waiting for the resumption of publications on January 6, there's nothing like a little look back at the key events of 2019, through the ranking of the 10 most consulted articles of the year on Meta-Defense. All these articles can be consulted free of charge until January 31, 2019 10th: The Sino-Russian couple would prevail over Western forces according to the simulations of the Pentagon Article of August 5, 2019 The sentence is final: during the simulations carried out by the Pentagon at the beginning of 2019, based on a major conflict between the West and the combined Chinese and Russian forces, the forces…

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The Scarabée, a concentrate of innovations in a French light armored vehicle

Despite the failure of its Combat Reconnaissance Armored Buggy, or CRAB, presented at Eurosatory 2012 as a potential replacement for the VBL, probably too far ahead of the needs of the armies, Arquus, which took over the Panhard brand in 2012 , continued to work on his concept of a high-performance light armored vehicle. Work on the Scarabée, the designated successor to the CRAB, began in 2017, and the prototype was presented at Eurosatory in 2018, creating the same interest as the CRAB 6 years earlier from visitors and the press, but did not reach not to bring the Ministry of the Armed Forces to…

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Light armored vehicles, a French specialty

The Belgian Defense Minister, Steven Vandeput, and his French counterpart, Florence Parly, have signed an agreement to supply the Belgian armies with 60 EBRC Jaguar light tanks and 382 VBMR Griffon armored personnel carriers, equipped with the field control device. battle and information SCORPIO. For the French consortium made up of Nexter, Arquus and Thales (among others), this €1,6 billion order is the largest from a European country to the French defense industry since 2000 when Greece ordered 55 mirage2000-5 and the necessary armament for the same amount. If the French armored vehicles have had some success in Europe and in the…

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