PARIS – The French army is expected to receive 108 serval armored vehicles in 2022 under an order from manufacturers Nexter and Texelis for a total of 364.
The contract was signed through the DGA procurement agency on December 23, but was not announced until January 15.
The two companies, which have formed a temporary joint operation to build the lightly armored multipurpose Serval, will ship the first 12 production vehicles in the first half of 2022, followed by an additional 96 in the second half. The government had previously allocated funds to order vehicles, so the army is expected to have 978 servals in total by 2030.
The Serval is a 15-ton, all-wheel drive vehicle designed to replace the 40-year-old VAB, an armored personnel carrier and an escort vehicle. It complements the much larger 24-ton Griffon armored vehicle, and these two, along with the Jaguar reconnaissance and combat vehicle, form the core of the French Army’s Scorpion program, which replaces all French front-line combat vehicles. They are connected to each other via a new communication and battlefield management system, the Scorpion Combat Information System.
Three major versions of the Serval Patrol; Intelligence and education; and communication – each will have its own variants. The Serval was developed for use in combat zones and combines flexibility, strategic mobility and payload capacity.
The DGA said that despite the difficulties caused by the coronavirus pandemic, testing of the vehicle, which began in September 2019, was so advanced that this first phase of production could take place before the end of 2020, as planned in the 2019-2025 French military program, right.
In addition, as part of a procedure by the Gendarmerie (national police) to renew their armored vehicle fleet, the Nexter-Texelis team has proposed a vehicle based on the Serval that can be used in mainland France and overseas.