The new Sanitary version of the GRIFFON has recently been qualified by the French procurement agency (DGA), in accordance with the SCORPION program framework.
Designed by the GME EBMR (Nexter, Arquus, and Thales), the GRIFFON is a modern 24-ton multi-role armored vehicle (VBMR) integrated into the SCORPION information system.
The 1872 GRIFFON planned by the SCORPION program are being delivered to the Army since 2019, and the purpose of the SAN version is to ensure the recovery and evacuation of injured personnel on the battlefield.
GRIFFON SAN provides evacuated personnel and the onboard medical team with greatly improved protection, mobility, and conditions for performing medical procedures compared to existing resources.
The first GRIFFON SAN’S are expected in 2023. They will fulfill one of the multiple missions of the GRIFFON MRV, provided by its numerous versions which includes troop transport, command post, communication relay, artillery observation, or the 120mm mortar version (MEPAC), the production order for which was recently notified by the DGA.
Deployed since 2021 in the Sahel by the French Army, the GRIFFON is appreciated for its operational qualities, its mobility, and its ease of maintenance.
(The original GRIFFON is a multi-role armored vehicle (VBMR) which is to replace the 2,700 forward armored vehicles (VAB) currently in service. 1,872 GRIFFON have been delivered from 2019. Courtesy of the French 4 Foreign Legionnaires and YouTube. Posted on Mar 19, 2022.)