On Thursday, October 11th, the 12th French Régiment de Cuirassiers received the first two vehicles of the VT4 program, during a ceremony organized in Satory (France) at the SIMMT, the Army structure in charge of the maintenance of all Land equipment.
The ceremony was presided by Major General Charles BEAUDOUIN, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army, in charge of Plans and Programs.
This program, launched in December 2016 by the Minister of Defense during his visit at ARQUUS’ maintenance facility (and logistics center) in Fourchambault (Nièvre), covers 3,700 vehicles. Manufacturing started in December 2017 in ARQUUS’ plant in Saint-Nazaire.
The VT4 program, which led to a partnership with Ford, has ARQUUS militarize a 4x4 civilian base, by adding more than 250 new references in the fields of mobility (suspension, brakes), ergonomics and integration of military equipment.
This concept combines the comfort and security of modern vehicles and the mobility and sturdiness needed for military operations. These vehicles will benefit from an innovative support, entirely integrated by ARQUUS. The first 500 vehicles of Standard 1 are currently being delivered to the Army since October 1st.
Tier 2 of the VT4 program was signed on September 7th by the DGA (French DNA). It will cover 1,200 vehicles, with 350 more new modifications, to be delivered in 2019.
As for industrial impact, this order helped boosting the ARQUUS plant in Saint-Nazaire, which now employs more than 200 people.
Business Area of the Volvo AB Group, ARQUUS is one of the three members of the short-term consortium to which the French Ministry of Defense awarded the Scorpion contract.
The Group will be participating in the development of the new generation of wheeled armored personnel carriers for the French Army: the VBMR (multi-role armored vehicle) and the EBRC (armored reconnaissance and combat vehicle).
ARQUUS also supplies the powertrains and close defense remote controlled systems operated by these two vehicles. The Group will also provide full logistics for spare parts and Scorpion subsystems.