Nexter and Texelis have delivered the first SERVAL light multi-role armoured vehicles (VBMR) to the French Armed Forces. Seventy vehicles will be delivered by the end of 2022, out of a total of 364 SERVALs ordered to date by the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA).
The SERVAL 4x4 armoured vehicle is one of four vehicles in the SCORPION programme, designed to renew the French Army's medium weight armoured vehicles. It will equip the French national emergency echelon as it intervenes in contact zones in the initial phases of an operation. It will also be used in light infantry units such as mountain troops and parachute regiments.
The vehicle's weight and size enable it to be easily deployed in external theaters of operations. An A400M transport aircraft can carry two SERVALs in combat order. The SERVAL is an essential complement to the GRIFFON armoured personnel carrier and the JAGUAR armored reconnaissance and combat vehicle.
The SERVAL integrates common equipment to SCORPION vehicles, in particular the vehicle's vetronics, a remotely operated turret, threat detectors, as well as the combat information system (SICS). With the SICS, the SERVAL is integrated into the SCORPION collaborative combat system, taking advantage of all the information enhanced by the digitization of the battle space.
Based on the common base developed by Nexter and Texelis, the SERVAL is available in three main versions (patrol, intelligence and reconnaissance, and communications relay), which are themselves available in a large number of variants.
The SERVAL's highly modular architecture enables it to evolve according to its customers' needs, offering them different capabilities from a single vehicle, which ensures optimal vehicle availability and maintenance costs for users.