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From 2022, the French land forces will receive new lightly armored multi-purpose vehicles (véhicule blindé multi-rôles, VBMR). Next year, the first twelve series vehicles are to be delivered in the first half of the year and a further 96 in the second half. The Scorpion armaments program comprises a total of 689 Serval vehicles, of which the production of 364 vehicles has now been contractually agreed.

The production community from Nexter and Texelis has already delivered ten prototypes, which are currently undergoing qualification tests. The qualification process has progressed so far that series production can already be initiated.

The multi-purpose vehicle 4 × 4 Serval is a light variant of the 6 × 6 Titus in the 15 ton weight class. Three versions are planned: patrol, reconnaissance and communication. The electronic core, the Scorpion Combat Information System (SICS), threat sensors and remote-controlled weapon station are common to the other Scorpion vehicles (Griffon, Jaguar and Leclerc). This ensures integration into the Scorpion system network. The Serval is designed for use in combat areas in the middle segment of the land forces and combines flexibility, strategic mobility and payload transport capacity. It complements the capabilities of the other Scorpion vehicles mentioned.

Another variant of the Serval is being developed as a motorized protection solution according to the requirements of the gendarmerie for operations on the French mainland and overseas.

Frankreich erhält erste Mehrzweckfahrzeuge Serval ab 2022
Frankreich erhält erste Mehrzweckfahrzeuge Serval ab 2022

Texelis supplies the entire drive train for the Serval, including wheels, wheel suspensions and differentials. Nexter contributes the cabin and integrates all components into the overall vehicle and delivers the vehicles to the armed forces.

Gerhard Heiming