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Arquus Defense Unveiled

Renault, Panhard and ACMAT become Arquus Defense


Faced with growing geostrategic complexity and to better meet customers’ needs, Renault Trucks Defense (an armoured vehicle subsidiary of Volvo Group), ACMAT and Panhard decided to combine their expertise and join forces under a single brand: Arquus.

Arquus Defense is rooted in a century of innovation and development at the service of the armed forces. This industrial tradition, which began with Panhard and Levassor, marked France’s history of national defence through figures such as Marius Berliet (the trucks of the Sacred Way) and Louis Renault, co-inventor of the FT 17. It has produced armoured vehicles such as the AML, EBR, VBL and VLBRA, to provide support, liaison and reconnaissance, and the VAB personnel carrier. Today it is reflected in the armoured vehicles in the Scorpion programme (see coverage here, here and here) and the development of vehicles of the future.

Well-established in France with five production centres and a design office of more than five hundred engineers backed up by a flexible industrial structure, Arquus maintains and perfects expert know-how, enriched by one hundred years of manufacturing armoured vehicles and increasing investment in innovation. These vehiclesare the product of close cooperation between military leaders and industry leaders. 

Arquus has annual revenue of €500 million, a healthy order book evenly spread over France, exports and in-service vehicle support, and a wide range of products, including the BASTION, the GRIFFON, the SHERPA and the VBCI. Arquus’ teams provide in-service vehicle support for 90% of the French Army’s vehicles, totaling 25,000 Arquus vehicles currently in service.

Arquus’ order book for exports is continually growing and includes a recent large order for 300 SHERPAs for a Gulf state, an SFMC contract in the pipeline and very good results in Africa. Arquus’ product range is renowned, in France and abroad, for the excellent quality of its chassis and systems, the mobility and endurance offered on every type of terrain, and the high level of protection for operating crews.

The name Arquus comes from two Latin roots: arma and equus. Equus is the horse that endows the soldier with mobility on the battlefield. Arma are the weapons, the vehicles’ armament.

Ever attentive to its customers’ needs, Arquus offers an impressive array of agile, protected, tailoured products, tried and tested on every theater of operations, in both France and abroad. Its offering is enriched with increasingly efficient vehicle support services to guarantee the operational availability and durability of vehicles and equipment.

The aim of Arquus is to be the leading European expert in light and medium-sized wheeled armored tactical vehicles. To this end, the company has rolled out a complete, updated offering of products and services worldwide. Arquus offers governments complete land systems and effective integrated support, provided by an international team, for their defence and security.

The Volvo Group is more determined than ever to support Arquus’ growth with its full range of resources and by contributing to the development of its industrial sites, which today employ 1,500 people in the employment basins of Saint-Nazaire, Marolles en Hurepoix, Saint-Germain Laval, Limoges, and Fourchambault.

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