The improve of Leclerc primary battle tank to fourth-generation was introduced in March 2015. The plan was to have the primary two prototypes of the XLR system prepared someday in 2018 and the remaining 198 of the order accomplished over the eight years from 2020. The contract was valued at roughly €330 million. On 29 December 2022, the French defence procurement company (DGA) awarded Nexter an order for 50 renovated Leclerc tanks (XLR). Industrial qualification exams are persevering with in shut collaboration with the DGA and the French military. A primary prototype tank was delivered to the DGA on the finish of 2022, and the primary 18 operational tanks might be delivered to the Military in 2023, in response to the planning of the renovation contract awarded to Nexter on 1 June 2021. A renovated tank built-in an open structure, the brand new radio system, NBC safety system, evening imaginative and prescient system and the SCORPION Info and Command System (SICS).

French Military Nexter Leclerc XLR (Leclerc Scorpion) Major Battle Tank. (Picture by DGA)

The primary goal of this renovation is to combine the Leclerc primary battle tank, often called ‘XLR’, into the SCORPION collaborative warfare system with a brand new fight info system (SICS). The Leclerc XLR retains the unique primary armament of the usual Leclerc which consists of a Giat 120 mm 52 caliber smoothbore gun designated the CN 120-26. The roof of the turret might be geared up now with a remotely operated weapon station manufactured by the Belgian firm FN Herstal which might be armed with a 7.62mm machine gun. The Leclerc Scorpion is upgraded with a brand new armor package deal that features extra modular armor on the hull and the turret. The entrance a part of the hull facet is protected by thick passive armor, whereas the rear half is fitted with wire cage armor to guard the engine compartment towards assaults of RPGs (Rocket-Propelled Grenade). The rear a part of the hull can also be fitted with wire cage armor.


French Army Nexter Leclerc XLR (Leclerc Scorpion) Main Battle Tank
French Military Nexter Leclerc XLR (Leclerc Scorpion) Major Battle Tank. (Picture by Nexter)

The Leclerc Scorpion or XLR is a modernized model of the French-made Leclerc Major Battle Tank (MBT) designed and manufactured by the French Firm Nexter Programs. The modernization of the Leclerc MBT (Major Battle Tank) to the usual Leclerc XLR is a part of an formidable modernization program of the French military known as Scorpion program which consists of a $6.8 billion multi-company modernization effort aimed toward changing all French frontline preventing autos. In January 2022 Nexter officers have been contacted by India on taking part within the Future Prepared Fight Automobile program with the proposal of the Leclerc XLR. In April 2022 talks have been held between Nexter representatives and Croatian delegation about attainable acquisition of Leclerc XLR tanks for Croatian Military.

French Army Nexter Leclerc XLR (Leclerc Scorpion) Main Battle Tank.
French Military Nexter Leclerc XLR (Leclerc Scorpion) Major Battle Tank.(Picture by DGA)

The Leclerc is a 3rd technology French primary battle tank developed and manufactured by Nexter Programs. It was named in honor of Marshal Philippe Leclerc de Hauteclocque, a commander of the Free French Forces, who led the 2nd Armoured Division in World Struggle II. The Leclerc is in service with the French Military, Jordanian Military and the United Arab Emirates Military. In manufacturing since 1991, the Leclerc entered French service in 1992, changing the AMX 30 because the nation’s primary armoured platform. With manufacturing now full, the French function 222 Leclercs, whereas the United Arab Emirates (UAE) possesses 388. With a fight weight of 56 tons, the Leclerc is without doubt one of the lighter primary battle tanks on the earth, this provides it the most effective power-to-weight ratios amongst Western tanks (27 hp per ton) and makes it one of many quickest MBTs of its technology (0 to 32 km/h in 5 seconds).

French Army Nexter Leclerc XLR (Leclerc Scorpion) Main Battle Tank. (Photo by Nexter)
French Military Nexter Leclerc XLR (Leclerc Scorpion) Major Battle Tank. (Picture by Nexter)