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MAV’Rx on show to select few

20th June 2024 - 09:20 GMT | by Christopher F Foss in Paris


The first photo released of the private venture MAV’Rx in the armoured personnel carrier configuration. (Photo: Arquus)

Arquus’s latest 4x4 vehicle prototype was presented in a private setting and features a weapons system from John Cockerill Group.

At Eurosatory, Arquus, a leading French defence company, unveiled its latest prototype, the MAV’Rx. This 4x4 vehicle has reached the prototype stage through internal R&D funding and was presented to select customers in a private setting.

Arquus, currently a subsidiary of the Swedish Volvo Group, is in the process of being acquired by the Belgian John Cockerill Group. Emmanuel Levacher, president of Arquus, mentioned: “We will soon be part of the John Cockerill Group, with ongoing discussions with all interested parties.”

This acquisition is expected to be synergistic, with John Cockerill Defence providing the weapon systems and Arquus offering the platforms and comprehensive support. Arquus already supplies most wheeled vehicles for the French Army, including the Jaguar (6x6) armoured car and Griffon (6x6) APC, underscoring its pivotal role in French military mobility solutions.

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The MAV’Rx features a monocoque welded steel structure with applique passive armour and is powered by a front-mounted Volvo diesel engine producing 400hp,paired with a ZF fully automatic transmission. It is equipped with a central tire inflation system to enhance cross-country mobility.

Key features include situational awareness cameras, a power-operated rear ramp, and specialised seats for the rear crew. Additionally, the vehicle incorporates a Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) for maintenance efficiency.

The prototype is equipped with the John Cockerill Defence Cockerill Protected Weapon Station, which includes a stabilised 25mm cannon and a 7.62mmmachine gun. The vehicle also has the Pillar gunfire detection system, which is commonly used in French Army armoured vehicles.

Arquus states that the MAV’Rx addresses a gap in their current product range, serving not only as an armoured personnel carrier for 10 dismounts but also adaptable for roles such as an ambulance and command post.

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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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