The French Ministry of Armed Forces has taken delivery of its first SERVAL light multi-role armored vehicles from local defense manufacturers Nexter and Texelis.
In a contract finalized last year, the country ordered 364 SERVAL vehicles, with 70 scheduled for delivery this year.
The vehicles will replace France’s aging Renault VAB (Véhicule de l’avant blindé) armored personnel carriers and support vehicles.
According to French defense minister Florence Parly, the delivery is a testament that the production is moving at a “steady” pace.
She further stated that the development of new military equipment is essential for the French military amid a “rapidly changing” strategic environment and as war has returned to the European continent.
The ministry is expected to order a total of 978 of the vehicles by 2030.