Belgium is planning to procure 382 VBMR Griffon multi-role armored vehicles and 60 EBRC Jaguar armored reconnaissance and combat vehicles from France.
The Belgian Council of Ministers, on Oct, 25, approved the signing of an intergovernmental agreement with France concerning the establishment of a strategic partnership in the field of land mobility under the CaMo program. France and Belgium will develop close cooperation between the land forces of both countries as per the IGA.
Nexter, a company of KNDS Group (KMW+Nexter Defense Systems), has been chosen to respond to the CaMo program leading to the acquisition by Belgium of 382 VBMR-GRIFFON in different configurations and 60 EBRC-JAGUAR. These armored vehicles will be identical to those ordered by France, which maximizes cooperation and allows interoperability that can lead to integration between the two Armed Forces.
The final assembly of the VBMR-GRIFFON will be done by CMI Defense in Belgium and that the turret of the Belgian vehicle will be produced by FN Herstal. MECAR, the Belgian Nexter Group subsidiary, will be in charge of producing part of the ammunition.
Stéphane Mayer, Chairman and CEO of Nexter “welcomes the cooperation between Belgium and France, and between the two ministries of Defense. The Belgian Directorate General Material Resources (DGMR) and the French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA) have set up a joint office to conduct the CaMo acquisition program. He thanked the two defense ministries for their trust. It is a great honor to be at the side of the Belgian Landcomponent, with the supply of its next combat equipment and participating in this important new step in the construction of the Europe of Defense”.
Nexter already equips the Belgian Land Component (Belgian Army) with 105LG1 105mm guns.