The first two prototypes of the French Army’s new Jaguar (6x6) reconnaissance vehicle are being shown for the first time at Eurosatory 2018 – one on Nexter Systems’ external Stand B170 and another on DGA’s Stand F20 in Hall 5A.
Jaguar is being developed by a consortium of French companies consisting of Nexter, Renault Truck Defense (which became Arquus in late May) and Thales.
Jaguar is a key part of the French Army modernisation and transformation SCORPION project, which aims to link up a wide range of manned land and air platforms as well as unmanned platforms. It is the replacement for the currently deployed AMX-10RCR and Sagaie armoured cars that have now been in service with the French Army for more than 35 years.
It was originally expected that the French Army would take delivery of 248 vehicles, but this has now been increased to 300. If all goes to plan, 150 will be in service by 2025.
Jaguar is fitted with a two-person turret armed with a CTAI 40mm Cased Telescoped Armament System and a roof-mounted remote weapon station (RWS) armed with a 7.62mm machine gun. To engage targets at a longer range, a pod of two MBDA Missile Moyenne Portée (MMP) anti-tank guided missiles are integrated into the right side of the turret. These have a range of more than 4,000m and are fitted with a tandem high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) warhead to neutralise targets fitted with explosive reactive armour (ERA).
The commander and gunner are provided with SAFRAN advanced stabilised sighting systems that include day/thermal channels and a laser rangefinder.
Jaguar will be fitted with the Bull Atos Technologies Scorpion Combat Information System (SCIS), which will replace five systems currently deployed by the French Army, and the latest Thales Contact radio system.
In the future, it could be fitted with the Thales Diamant active protection system.