Thales inside SCORPION
In January 2014, French companies Nexter Systems, Renault Trucks Defense and Thales formed a project consortium to respond to the consultation issued by the French defence procurement agency (DGA) for the EBMR multirole armoured vehicle (Engin Blindé Multi Rôles — the medium-weight component of the SCORPION programme).
The consortium has the legal status under French law of a GME (Groupement Momentané d'Entreprises). The three members of the consortium signed an agreement setting out their respective responsibilities under the EBMR project.
The EBMR project is for two types of systems:
- The Multi-Role Armoured Vehicle, also known as the VBMR (Véhicule Blindé Multi Rôles), which will replace the VAB light armoured vehicle
- The Reconnaissance and Combat Armoured Vehicle (EBRC), an armoured reconnaissance and fighting vehicle, which will replace the AMX-10RC, ERC 90 Sagaie and VAB HOT
Thales is in charge of the vetronics subsystem, and will develop and manufacture the SCORPION common vetronics solution, communication solutions, including the intercom system, perimeter vision system, self-protection suite and navigation system for all variants of the EBMR. In addition, Thales is responsible for the sensor payload for the VOA artillery observation vehicle (Véhicule d'Observation de l'Artillerie), which comprises a day/night sight with a laser target designator mounted on a telescopic mast and coupled to a GO12 radar. The vetronics network is designed to support the future Contact software-defined radio system, the SCORPION forward information system (SICS) and the Atlas artillery system, developed under separate contracts. The network also supports broader platform digitisation and network-centric operations.