Nexter begins production of Serval armoured vehicles

by Jean-Marc Tanguy

Nexter chief executive officer Nicolas Chamussy officially opened the assembly line for the Serval Véhicule Blindé Multi-rôles (VBMR) Léger light multirole armoured vehicle in Roanne, southern France, on 23 September. (Jean-Marc Tanguy)

Nexter chief executive officer Nicolas Chamussy officially opened the assembly line for the Serval Véhicule Blindé Multi-rôles (VBMR) Léger light multirole armoured vehicle in Roanne, southern France, on 23 September.

The French Army has already received 14 Serval prototypes and pre-series vehicles, and four production vehicles are now on the assembly line that opened in June. The first series vehicles will be delivered for acceptance tests by the Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA), the French armament procurement agency, in January 2022, “three months ahead of schedule”, noted Chamussy.

Texelis provides the vehicle's mobility kit.

Janes was given a ride in a Serval prototype, which is noisier than the larger Griffon VBMR but the Serval's combat compartment is similar to the Griffon's but with a lower roof. The Serval has an endurance of one day, compared to three for the Griffon. The normal cruising speed of the Serval is 90 km/h, with the possibility of reaching 100 km/h in combat mode if required.


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Skill shortage slows down Serbian MBT upgrade

by Igor Bozinovski

Serbia is modernising its M-84/M-84A MBTs at a rate of 12–13 a year (photo of upgraded M-84 AS1 standard presented in June 2020). (Serbian MoD)


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Turkish lawmakers criticise government for delays in Altay MBT

by Kerry Herschelman

Opposition lawmakers criticised the Turkish government for the delay in the production of Altay MBTs, deliveries of which were meant to begin within 18 months of the 9 November 2018 contract signature with BMC. (Otokar )

Opposition lawmakers criticised the Turkish government for the delay in the production of Altay main battle tanks (MBTs) during a debate on the Ministry of National Defence's budget in the parliament's plan and budget committee on 16 November.

Özgür Ceylan and Polat Şaroğlu, deputies from the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), recalled that Turkey's Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) said that Altay deliveries to the army would begin within 18 months of the 9 November 2018 contract signature with Turkish-Qatari joint venture BMC.

Since then, the delivery dates have been continually changed and there is still no tank, they complained.

They also repeated CHP's long-standing criticism of the transfer of the right to operate Turkey's national tank and pallet factory to BMC for 25 years.

The Altay is to be produced at the factory in Sakarya in the Marmara region, where Fırtına self-propelled howitzers are produced and which conducts military equipment maintenance.


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Armenian and Azerbaijan clash again in Nagorno-Karabakh

by Nicholas Fiorenza

The Azerbaijani Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 18 November accused Armenia of violating a 16 November truce following clashes between the two South Caucasus countries in Nagorno-Karabakh earlier the same day. The ministry said on its website that the Armenian Armed Forces had twice fired at Azerbaijani Army positions in the Tovuz region on 17–18 November, claiming to have silenced the attacks with return fire.

An Armenian MoD tweet on 18 November accused the Azerbaijanis of opening fire but reported the situation had stabilised after the Armenians retaliated. The situation continued to be stable on 19 November, according to another Armenian MoD tweet.


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