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French army chief outlines equipment plans

7th February 2013 - 13:31 GMT | by Tim Fish in Farnborough

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The Scorpion armoured vehicle programme for the French Army will be the ‘largest turnover of vehicles since the 1960s’, according to the head of the service.

Speaking at the International Armoured Vehicles conference, Lt Gen Bertrand Clement-Bollee, commander of the French Army, told delegates that the Scorpion programme would be completed in two halves ‘to improve the capability of combined arms battlegroup manoeuvre, and to improve sustainability’.

The first stage runs from 2012-2021 to ‘renew the vehicles that have seen the most operations over the last 20 years’. The VAB 6x6 armoured personnel carrier will be replaced by a new

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