A DGA spokesman declined to give the value of the contract.
A first batch of 25 heavy vehicles will be delivered in a first standard, to meet the most urgent requirements, while the first of the light vehicles will be dispatched in 2018, the DGA said in a Jan. 7 statement.
"This program responds to the most demanding operational requirements for missions of intelligence gathering, combat, long-range operation in hostile zones in the greatest possible stealth and seeking to improve interoperability and the performance of vehicles operated by the Army, Air and Navy elements of the special forces," the DGA said.
Panhard, a unit of RTD, will handle design and production of the light vehicle, while Essone Sécurité will design and produce common equipment for both light and heavy vehicles.
RTD, part of the Volvo group, had faced competition from Nexter and Lohr, defense blog Le Mamouth reported.