The French Direction Generale de l'Armement (DGA) is expected to issue a request for proposals later this year for a new engineer combat support vehicle (ECSV) to replace its tracked Engin Blinde du Genie (EBG) combat engineer tractor, according to a DGA briefing viewed by Jane's .
The French Army received 71 EBGs, with production undertaken at the now-Nexter facility at Roanne, with 54 subsequently upgraded to extend their operational lives and final deliveries in early 2014 under the designation EBG Valorise (EBG Val).
EBG is based on the AMX-30D armoured recovery vehicle (ARV) platform but modified for its specialised role and fitted with a hydraulic winch, front-mounted hydraulically operated dozer blade, and a hydraulically operated jib on the right side (typically fitted with a pincer device).
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