Since the 1980's, the older generation armored vehicles (VAB, AMX 10 RC or ERC 90) have been involved in all conflicts and crisis resolution (Lebanon, Iraq, Balkans, Ivory Coast, ...) and more recently in the Sahel during operations Serval and Barkhane.
Designed in the early 1970's, these armored vehicles have undergone several cycles of renovation and modernization in 40 years of operational life. For instance, the ERC 90 has been remotorized. The VAB has evolved significantly over the years thanks to overprotection and a remotely operated 12.7-caliber machine gun. Essential but also insufficient, these many improvements have been made to the detriment of mobility and autonomy. Today, vehicles have reached their mechanical limits.
Their maintenance costs are becoming a cause for concern, and their availability is even below the critical training threshold for the units. SCORPION's vocation is to replace median armored vehicles as part of a global and coherent capability approach to mobility, protection, autonomy and armored aggression performance.
SCORPION's challenge lies in the choice of cohesion and performance in order to significantly reduce acquisition and support costs while keeping its combat equipment systems simple to use.