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Auto Plus aboard the Griffon, a new army vehicle

The Griffon is the Army’s newest personnel carrier. Our journalist Stéphane Martin lets you discover it in video!

Some are investing in SUVs, others in 17-ton armored vehicles. Each his own ! The Griffon is a brand new personnel carrier which enters service for theLand Force. And Auto Plus was able to take a ride on board! Discover the Griffon right away in video:

17 tons for 400 hp!

This Griffin is a beautiful beast. With 7.58m long, 2.54m wide, and 3.50m high, it already measures normal traffic. Add to that shielding complete, six wheels, and a turret equipped with a grenade launcher, and no one will dare to grill you a priority … Under the hood, a six cylinder turbo diesel develops about 400 hp. Not bad, but they have to move not less than 17 tons… Empty. Suddenly, the speed is limited to 90 km / h, but that’s as much for the road as for off-road. What about consumption? The army announces an autonomy of 800 km for a tank of 400 liters, that is to say an average consumption of 50 L/100 km.

In return, the Griffon offers crossing capacities extraordinary. The approach and departure angles are substantial, the traction unmatched with the 6 driving wheels, and the turning radius remains correct thanks to the steered rear wheels.

Comfort in clear progress

On board, the Griffon can accommodate 10 people. A pilot, a co-pilot, and 8 soldiers. According to them, the comfort is much higher to the vehicle that the Griffon replaces, the VAB (for front armored vehicle). And it is felt in the level of ambient noise, the seats, and the multiple storage spaces offered by this vehicle. It almost feels like a minivan …

The Army has ordered enough Griffins to replace the 2,700 VAB in operation. Obviously, no price is communicated, even if we could dream of transforming it into an extreme campervan …

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