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IDEX 2023: Arquus pitches upgraded VBL vehicle at export market

20th February 2023 - 19:30 GMT | by Christopher F Foss in Abu Dhabi


The Arquus VBL Mk 3 fitted with a Hornet RWS armed with a stabilised 12.7mm MG and an antitank guided missile on the right side. (Photo: Arquus)

Alongside a VBL upgrade package similar to that carried out for the French Army, Arquus is also displaying an enhanced new-production variant of the 4x4 armoured vehicle.

With the latest Véhicule Blindé Leger (VBL) Ultima scout car in production and service with the French Army, Arquus is now offering this upgrade to potential customers in the Middle East to extend the operational life of the platform.

Upgrade work is done at the Arquus facility at Marolles-en-Hurepoix where production was undertaken for home and export markets from 1988 with a total of 1,621 delivered to the French Army by 2010.

The VBL was also exported to many countries including Kuwait, Oman and Qatar and the UAE, with Oman being the largest user with 132 units.

Kuwait was also a customer for the larger

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Christopher F Foss


Christopher F Foss

Christopher F Foss is an internationally recognised authority on armoured fighting vehicles, artillery and other weapon systems, …

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