The Jaguar combat reconnaissance vehicle and Griffon multi-role 6×6 armoured vehicles being developed by a French temporary consortium formed by Renault Trucks Defence (RTD), Nexter Systems and Thales Communications & Security as part of EBMR (Engin Blindé Multi-Rôles) contract awarded in December 2014 by the French will be equipped with SLATE (Système de Localisation Acoustique de Tireur Embusqué) gunshot detection and localization systems of French firm Metravib (of ACOEM group).

248 Jaguar and 1722 Griffon wheeled vehicles will be supplied to the French Army (Armée de Terre) as part of SCORPION (Synergie du COntact Renforcé par la Polyvalence et l’InfovalorisatiON) modernization program.

SLATE which is commercially designated as PILARw by its manufacturer is made up of four microphones, a calculation unit and an acoustic antenna.

The SLATE system also designated PILARw currently fits several VAB Ultima 4×4 armoured vehicles of French Army. It is linked to with Kongsberg Protech System Protector remotely controlled weapon station via its compact lightweight rugged interface that includes GPS and digital magnetic compass.

It localizes, precisely and in real time, shots fired by small and medium caliber weapons, based on the sound waves generated by the shot to triangulate the position of the shooter, accurately and within one second.

Main features are continuous 360° acoustic monitoring, real-time situation awareness, efficient response due to coupling capacity with remotely-operated weapon stations, as well as intuitive interface providing access to numerous functions.

First Jaguar vehicle is scheduled for delivery from 2020, with initial Griffon vehicle to be delivered from 2018.

images-GRIFFON & JAGUAR(RTD/ Nexter Systems/Thales Communications & Security).

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