French Defense Ministry notifies the renewal of its support for the Leclerc tank | Defense News April 2021 Global Security Army Industry | Defense Security Global Information Industry Year of the Army 2021
On March 31, 2021, Florence Parly, Minister of the French Armies, welcomed the notification of a new ten-year service support contract (mss2) for the Leclerc MBT. This notification was sent to the company Nexter via the Integrated Structure for the Maintenance in Operational Condition of Land Equipment (SIMMT), or Integrated Structure for the Maintenance in Operational Condition of ground equipment. This market represents an amount of more than one billion euros.
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The Leclerc tanks of the 5th Dragoon Regiment (Photo source: Army Recognition)
The MSS2, which entered into force on March 31, 2021, follows the end of the first verticalized market * for Maintenance in Operational Condition – Land (MCO-T) passed in 2010 with the same industrial project manager to support the Leclerc tanks and their recovery variant.
Deployed since 2017, in the Baltic countries for the NATO Lynx mission as well as in the United Arab Emirates, the Leclerc tanks have continuously benefited from supply flows under the in-service support contract. The terms of the new support contract therefore take into account these years of experience feedback, notably strengthening the commitments of industrial supply.
Maintenance operations will be carried out in conjunction with the State’s contracting authority, in particular for the repair of spare parts carried out within the Land Industrial Maintenance Service (SMITer). This includes the management, delivery of spare parts, Documentation, technical control and technical assistance of the Regiments, as well as the possible recourse to maintenance services and the complete support of Leclerc tanks of the training parks of Canjuers. (Var) and Mourmelon (Marne).
The contract thus includes a “technical mastery” component, managed by the General Directorate of Armaments (DGA) in order to adapt the coverage of support. It is accompanied by a mid-life renovation operation allowing both to consolidate the industrial tool, to face strong obsolescence and to integrate the Leclerc tank into the enhanced SCORPION information bubble.
As a member of SCORPIO program, the renovation works will strengthen the firepower and mobility of the Leclerc tank within the combined arms battle groups. This new tank will also be equipped with specific armor kits allowing it to better cope with threats. 200 units are planned to be renovated, including 122 by 2025.
* In a verticalized market, the management of the supply chain, stocks and the responsibility of supporting training fleets are delegated to the manufacturer.