French military truck and armoured vehicle manufacturer ARQUUS has presented its vision of a new 8×8 Logistics Truck at Forum Entreprise Défense in Satory.
Press Release, 10 October 2019: Exhibitor at the Forum Entreprise Défense currently taking place in Satory, ARQUUS presents its vision of the logistics truck for the armed forces. This 8×8 is the first element of a fully new ARQUUS logistics range, specifically developed to meet the military needs. ARQUUS’ story is also the story of troop and equipment transport vehicles which have been serving in the French Army for more than a century.
Supplier of the first motor vehicle of the Army (the 1898 Panhard), of the Berliet and Renault Trucks of the Voie Sacrée, vital to the defence of Verdun, and the Latil tractors, ARQUUS is also the manufacturer of the legendary VLRA, which have been serving on all theatres of operations. The company has also been supplying the GBC 8KT and GBC 180, as well as the TRM, which have been the workhorses of the armies or decades, and which still take charge of a large part of the Army logistics. Supporting the armies, ARQUUS still supports and modernises these fleets, many of which have been in service for more than 40 years.
The 8×8 base for this new ARQUUS logistics truck is manufactured in France and has been specifically designed for military applications. Its innovative driveline has been developed on own equity by ARQUUS with the Group’s support and know-how. The vehicle benefits from an electronic management system for the driveline, the ATC (Automatic Traction Control). This new generation system automatically switches on and off the forward axles’ motricity. It also manages the differential locks on all axles. The vehicle thus benefits from optimal mobility on all grounds, while also limiting the tire wear and the fuel consumption. This feature reduces the needs for maintenance and support.
Versatile, this 8×8 truck is available for all kinds of missions for the armies, from logistics and strategic transport to tank or systems transport, as well as breakdown truck missions. Depending on these missions, ARQUUS can offer two different versions for the cabin: unprotected, and protected against ballistic and mine threats according to STANAG 4569.
The 8×8 can accommodate a ring-mounted weapon, or a remote-controlled weapon system as the Hornet Lite, weapon of choice for self-defence. The new 8×8 has also been designed to accommodate new generation information and communication systems. It is notably Scorpion-equipment ready.
It can be equipped with all the automation solutions developed within the Group, notably the platooning solutions. It is also ready for the most advanced technologies regarding energy management and maintenance. These proven solutions, first developed for important civilian duty trucks, are available for the armies, thanks to ARQUUS’ experience in terms of dual technology militarisation, adaptation and integration.
ARQUUS’ historical know-how in the fields of support, based on long-term support for wide kinds of fleets, allows for significant cuts in maintenance costs and optimised availability. In order to get closer to the armies, ARQUUS also benefits from its logistics network, in France as all over the world.