The Army is studying the opportunity to increase its mass by robotics through the Vulcain study

The modernization of the French Army today involves two major programs. The SCORPION program currently underway aims to replace the light and medium component of the means at its disposal by 2035 with the delivery of 1872 6×6 VBMR Griffon armored personnel carriers, 54 Griffons equipped with the MEPAC artillery system, 300 EBRC Jaguar reconnaissance and combat vehicles and 2038 Serval 4×4 VBMRs, plus the replacement of Light Armored Vehicles from 2025 and the acquisition of 33 new CAESAR guns. The TITAN program, whose studies have already begun, aims to replace…

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Leopard 2, Leclerc, Merkava: What are modern battle tanks worth? (1/3)

Since its first appearance on the battlefields during the First World War, the battle tank has been the subject of both extreme fascination for some, and total denial for others. Over the course of the conflicts, and the appearance of new weapon systems, such as the anti-tank missile or more recently the wandering ammunition, the end of the supremacy of the tank in land combat has many times been prophesied, following the example other major armaments such as aircraft carriers or combat aircraft. However, it is clear today, as geopolitical tensions continue to grow, that the market...

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The French Army reveals its ambitions with the TITAN program

The French Army and the Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA) published this week a video animation presenting the main lines of development in progress and to come for the air-land combat of the French armies. If today all eyes, and the vast majority of credits, are focused on the renewal of the "median" segment, namely light and medium armored vehicles, the most likely to be deployed in external operations, within the framework of the program SCORPION, the renewal of the heavy component of the forces is now planned within a new program called TITAN. TITAN is not, in itself, really a…

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French armies prepare to test their first laser weapons from the Orleans-based SME CILAS

In the battle currently underway in Idlib, Syria, Turkish forces seem to be imposing an unprecedented operational tempo and an implacable operational superiority largely linked to the intensive use of drones of all types and formats. Direct attack vectors, target detectors or artillery designators, aerial drones (UAV) are now at the heart of land and air-land combat doctrines. If France has understood this well, by planning to integrate more and more drones into the SCORPION combat system, it has also been able to take the measure of the threat represented by such systems implemented...

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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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Radio CONTACT: France enters the era of collaborative air-land combat

Last week the Army announced the allocation of the new CONTACT radio, developed by Thalès, to replace the PR4G. If the Army is the first to perceive this new capacity, the Air Force and the National Navy will soon follow. And for good reason, the Contact radio is one of the basic bricks of future combined arms and joint collaborative combat doctrines. Deployed at the tactical level, the CONTACT radio is no less part of a strategic perspective for our armies, because the real major innovation of the SCORPION program does not lie so much in the renewal of equipment in the French army as…

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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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