France is ramping up deliveries of SCORPION armoured vehicles and Nexter is tripling its production capacity to keep up, Janes learnt at the International Armoured Vehicles (IAV) 2022 conference held in London from 24 to 27 January.
The first Griffon forward observer vehicle is to be delivered this year, followed by the Mortier Embarqué Pour l’Appui au Contact (MEPAC) 120 mm mortar carrier version of the 8×8 heavy armoured vehicle in 2023.
The Jaguar 6×6 armoured reconnaissance vehicle is being delivered at the rate of 20 a year starting in December 2021.
About 300 out of a total of 3,700 planned Serval 4×4 light multirole armoured vehicles have been delivered so far. Deliveries of the intelligence and reconnaissance versions are scheduled to begin in 2023.
To keep up with these delivery rates, Nexter is tripling its production capacity to 450 vehicles a year by 2025. The company expects to be supporting 5,000 SCORPION vehicles by 2030.