Nexter and Texelis, part of light-VBMR consortium, were notified of a contract to supply 364 Light VBMR Serval armored vehicles to the French Army.
The contract for the first production tranches of the SERVAL vehicles was notified by the French defense procurement agency, DGA ( Direction générale de l’armement, “Directorate General of Armaments”) on Dec. 23. This notification provides for the delivery of the first 12 production vehicles in the first half of 2022, followed by a further 96 in the second half.
The SERVAL is a 15-ton multi-role armoured vehicle which integrates various equipment common to other SCORPION vehicles, especially the electronic core, a remotely operated turret, threat sensors and the SCORPION Combat Information System (SICS), which enables it to be integrated into the SCORPION systems network. Based on a modular architecture, Nexter and Texelis have developed three main versions of this weapon system (patrol, intelligence and reconnaissance, and communications relay), themselves available in numerous variants.
Designed to operate in combat zones, the SERVAL combines flexibility, strategic mobility and payload carrying capacity. It is the indispensable complement to the heavy multi-role armoured vehicle GRIFFON (EBMR) and the armored reconnaissance and combat vehicle JAGUAR (EBRC) that will equip the French Army land task force’s armoured middle segment. In addition, as part of a procedure launched by the Gendarmerie to renew its fleet of armored vehicles, the GME offers a system based on the Serval that integrates a motorized protection solution capable of operating in mainland France and overseas.
Complementing the Griffon heavy VBMR, the Serval is intended to replace the VAB (Véhicule de l’avant blindé) armored personnel carrier, which entered service more than forty years ago. Designed to be able to intervene in areas of contact with the enemy, it will primarily equip French Army’s light brigade infantry units such as the 11th Parachute Brigade and the 27th Mountain Infantry Brigade. It will also strengthen the means deployed for support and support.
While waiting for the first deliveries, SERVAL’s qualification process is continuing with around ten prototypes currently undergoing qualification tests.