In recent information published on its Twitter account, French Company Nexter KNDS has provided the first picture of its MEPAC (In French Mortier embarqué pour l’appui au contact – Mortar Carrier for Contact Support), its latest 120mm self-propelled mortar system based on 6×6 armored vehicle. This cutting-edge platform is poised to bolster the artillery capabilities of both the French and Belgian armed forces. The MEPAC, mounted on the versatile Griffon 6×6 armored vehicle, features a 120mm semi-automatic mortar system designed for rapid deployment and high precision.

The unveiling of the MEPAC comes amid announcements of significant contracts and delivery schedules for the Belgian and French armies. Belgium has confirmed the acquisition of 24 MEPAC systems, intended to replace its existing 120mm mortar batteries. These state-of-the-art systems are expected to enter service in phases, with complete integration into the Belgian army by 2025. This move is part of Belgium’s broader strategy to modernize its military capabilities and enhance interoperability with NATO allies.

In December 2019, the French Army’s Defense Procurement Agency (DGA) issued a notification for the development and procurement of the VBMR Griffon MEPAC to a consortium comprising Nexter, Arquus, and Thales, leading French defense firms. The DGA has set plans to acquire a fleet of 54 Griffon MEPAC vehicles. By October 2021, the agency carried out live-fire trials of the Griffon MEPAC, with the initial batch of vehicles slated for delivery by the close of 2023.

Both countries’ contracts with Nexter KNDS underscore deepening cooperation in defense technology and a shared commitment to securing advanced military equipment to face evolving threats. The MEPAC system’s deployment is eagerly anticipated, promising to significantly boost the artillery capabilities of the French and Belgian armies.

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