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Tempo continues on VBL Ultima and Hornet production

23rd July 2021 - 15:54 GMT | by Jean-Marc Tanguy in Paris


VB2L Ultimas, pictured ready for delivery by Arquus from its Marolles factory. (Photo: Jean-Marc Tanguy)

Efforts are stepping up to provide 800 enhanced VBL vehicles for the French Army and new remote weapon stations for vehicles in the Scorpion programme

Work continues to upgrade about half of the 1,600 or so VBL Mk 1 reconnaissance and patrol vehicles in service with the French Army to the VBL Ultima configuration, as an interim step before introducing the VBAE armoured support vehicle for air assault and SOF missions.

Manufacturer Arquus shed light on the VBL upgrade and production of the Hornet remote weapon station (RWS) during a recent visit by Shephard to its factory in Marolles-en-Hurepoix, near Paris.

Arquus officials claimed to have significantly modified the VBL Mk 1 by renovating some components while adding new ones.

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Jean-Marc Tanguy


Jean-Marc Tanguy

Jean-Marc Tanguy started its career in journalism on 1991 and focussed quickly on defence matters …

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