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France launches Scorpion studies

11 September 2018

The Jaguar, the prototype of which was unveiled at Nexter on 16 May, is one of the armoured vehicles of the Scorpion programme. Source: IHS Markit/Nicholas Fiorenza

The Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), the French defence procurement agency, announced on 11 September that it had launched studies to prepare three new capabilities of the Scorpion programme.

The studies are on the integration of unmanned ground and aerial vehicles into the Scorpion combat system, communication with dismounted soldiers, and management of the greater number of battlefield sensors.

TNS-MARS, which groups together Thales, Nexter, and Safran, was notified of the preparatory studies that the DGA said would allow development to start in the next four years.

Work on integrating unmanned ground and aerial vehicles into the Scorpion combat system to increase units' reconnaissance and employment capabilities is scheduled to begin in 2022. The second study aims to give dismounted soldiers the ability to exchange information securely in real time with other soldiers and vehicles, and to increase tactical situational awareness.

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