VBMR Griffon dominates the battlefield: An in-depth look at specifications, versatile variants and operations

With its multipurpose design, the French armoured personnel carrier, VBMR Griffon, rules the battlefield. Developed by Thales, Arquus, and Nexter, it debuted in 2019 with astounding specs, featuring a 40mm grenade launcher mounted on a 25-ton vehicle.

The Véhicule Blindé Multi-Rôle Griffon (VBMR Griffon) is a French armoured personnel carrier that is designed to be multifunctional. This multipurpose vehicle, which Nexter, Arquus, and Thales collaborated to create, went into active service in 2019. With the assistance of its four-wheeled counterpart, the VBMR-L Serval version, it is expected to replace the Véhicule de l’Avant Blindé (VAB). The VBMR Griffon, designed to be a versatile and durable solution, is a major step forward in armoured capabilities for a range of military uses.

 

Specifications:

With dimensions of 7.58 metres in length, 2.5 metres in width, and 3.0 metres in height, the vehicle has a considerable mass of 25 tonnes. Its crew capacity is designed to support two people, a driver and a gunner, but it can also hold up to eight passengers with ease. The main armament is a flexible array consisting of a 40mm automatic grenade launcher deployed on a remote weapons station, or a 12.7mm or 7.62mm machine gun. With a powerful engine producing 298 kW (400 hp), this powerful vehicle is sure to perform well. The vehicle’s suspension is set up for six-wheel drive for maximum manoeuvrability. Its operational range of up to 800 kilometres (500 miles) enables it to be used for long-range missions.

 

Variants:

The VBMR Griffon offers an adaptable structure that may be configured in different ways to suit different roles. As an armoured personnel carrier (VTT), it guarantees safe troop transportation. It performs exceptionally well in both command operations and artillery observation as an Armoured Command and Artillery Observation Vehicle (EPC/VOA). It becomes an Armoured Mortar Carrier with the MEPAC version, which effectively provides mortar support. To provide safe medical assistance in the field, the ambulance/Santé version functions as an armoured medical evacuation vehicle.

While the NRBC version concentrates on armoured CBRN defence, the Génie variant transforms into an armoured combat engineering vehicle. However, the VBMR-L Serval increases its capacity with configurations like the Armoured Communications Vehicle (NCT), Armoured ISTAR Vehicle (SA2R), and Armoured Personnel Carrier (VPB).

Every modification made to the VBMR Griffon for a particular purpose raises the military’s overall effectiveness in operations. Furthermore, the Texelis Celeris is essential to the capabilities of the VBMR Griffon. The Serval drive train was designed by Texelis, who owns the exclusive rights to this design. They provide it as a flexible drivetrain kit, which adds to the VBMR Griffon variations’ adaptability and modularity.

 

Operations:

The VBMR Griffon has been in use since 2019 and is actively used in a variety of operations, mostly by the military forces of France and Belgium. Véhicule Blindé Multi-Rôles, often known as the Multi-Role Armoured Vehicle, or VBMR Griffon, is a contemporary armoured vehicle built for adaptability and agility in combat.

Engaging in the Griffon programme (started in 2019 and continuing strong) and the Serval programme (started in 2022 and still going strong) are two examples of its operational service. The VBMR Griffon armoured vehicle is a versatile and effective asset to the military forces of France and Belgium, whether they are deployed in urban areas, rough terrain, or other difficult settings. It is built to manoeuvre and operate efficiently in all situations.