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France receives first command post variants of Griffon armored vehicles

Griffon command post variant
Photo: Thales

The French defense procurement agency (DGA) qualified the command post variant (EPC) of the Griffon armored vehicle earlier this month, as the vehicle continues evaluations with French Army.

According to Thales, one of the three companies delivering the vehicles to the French Armed Forces, the three first Griffon EPC have been delivered to the Army technical section (STAT) which will continue the operational evaluation of this equipment with its rapid deployment within the regiments in sight.

The GME (temporary grouping of companies) EBMR (Engins Blindés Multi-Rôles) comprised of Nexter, Arquus and Thales is fully mobilized on the production of the first 20 series Griffon EPCs to be presented to verification operations by the end of 2020.

Ultimately, the Scorpion program calls for the acquisition of 333 units of this variant, half of which will be delivered by 2025.

The Griffon EPC can accommodate a pilot and a gunner in the front, and five soldiers in the rear of the vehicle. From an external point of view, the silhouette of the EPC does not differ from the VTT Félin variant (troop transport vehicle). Only the armament changes, with the integration on the roof of a new-generation T2 remotely operated turret armed with a 7.62mm caliber.

Inside, on the other hand, the Griffon EPC is fully equipped to accommodate a command post: communication means, large screens, a board and a printer. This variant is designed to accommodate electronic equipment for collaborative combat: the vetronics common to the Scorpion platforms, the Contact joint radio, the Scorpion Combat Information System (SICS), the Antares optronic system offering the crew a 360° vision of the environment, as well as a gunfire location detector (or SLA, for Acoustic Localization System). In addition, the air-conditioning system adapts to all environments to guarantee crew’s comfort and the proper functioning of onboard electronics.

Thanks to its level of protection and mobility, the EPC variant of the Griffon enables a command post to be deployed quickly at the heart of operations. The force commander can thus conduct an engagement or monitor the progress of a regimental or brigade-level action. The arrival of the Griffon EPC is complementary to the Griffon VTT Félin, with the goal of projecting a joint battle group (GTIA) into a foreign theatre of operations by 2021.