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Arquus Delivers 2,000th VT4

Original Commitments Honoured Despite Disruption

Arquus delivered the 2,000th VT4 4×4 command and liaison vehicle to the French armed forces on 16 December, the company announced on 9 February.

A little over two years after the first vehicles were delivered, nearly half of the VT4s planned under the programme have now been made available to the forces, despite the disruption caused by unanticipated consequences of the pandemic. In line with its original commitments, the company has supported the fleet with an uptime of over 95%.

The high performance, versatile VT4 is now operational units in metropolitan France and the overseas territories, from French Guyana to the Pacific.  A total of 4,380 vehicles are scheduled to equip the armed forces, including 3,980 for the French Army. VT4s recently formed part of the forces deployed to Lebanon in Operation Friendship, marking the type’s first external operation.

Early in the COVID-19 crisis, and in compliance with health regulations, dedicated Arquus teams at  Saint-Nazaire completed the requisite work and handed the vehicles over to the forces. At the height of the crisis, two batches of 180 vehicles were delivered, 20 of which were diverted urgently as part of the deployment of a field hospital to Alsace. Deliveries thereafter continued normally throughout 2020, with a total of 1,001 delivered by year-end – in line with commitments.

A light, versatile, unarmoured 4×4 command and liaison vehicle, the VT4 is designed to carry five soldiers, or four FELIN-equipped troops. It is intended for internal operations such as security and training, or for external operations in stabilized conflict zones. The programme also benefits from the company’s nationwide support programme.

 

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02/09/2021

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