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The French DGA has placed an order worth 500 million euros for 420 light multirole armored vehicle, known as SERVAL.
According to Army Recognition’s report, the French Army will receive a grand total of 978 SERVAL vehicle by 2030. Initial deliveries of 60 units will be made in 2022 with an additional 129 units delivered in 2023.
The SERVAL, a 4×4 multi-role armored vehicle, is a collaborative effort between the French state-owned defense systems integrator Nexter Systems and mobility solutions provider Texelis.
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Similar to other SCORPIONThe SERVAL program vehicle is equipped with an Arquus remotely-operated turret that has a machine gun. It also integrates electronic systems that are common to all of the SCORPION vehicles. These include the CONTACT jammer, BARAGE radio, and the SICS. The latter uses real-time digital communications technologies to speed up the transmission of reports and orders, while providing rear commanders an enhanced understanding of battlefield through an interactive map.
Manufactured in Roanne, at the Nexter production plant (a part of the European land defense systems group KNDS, alongside Germany’s Krauss-Maffei Wegmann), these SERVAL vehicles are designed to replace the aging 1970s-era VAB armored personnel carriers.
Weighing between 15 and 17 tons, the SERVAL can accommodate up to eight personnel, in addition to the two crew members, all equipped with the Félin system, contributing to the modernization efforts of the French military fleet.