Wednesday, November 29, 2023

The Arquus Scarabee, a concentrate of innovations in a French light armored vehicle

Despite the failure of its Combat Reconnaissance Armored Buggy, or CRAB, presented at the Eurosatory 2012 show as a potential replacement for the LAV, probably too far ahead of the needs of the armies, Arquus, which took over the Panhard brand in 2012 , continued to work on its concept of a high-performance light armored vehicle. Work on the Scarabée, the designated successor to the CRAB, began in 2017, and the prototype was presented at the Eurosatory show in 2018, creating the same interest as the CRAB 6 years earlier from visitors and the press, but failing to achieve not to lead the Ministry of the Armed Forces to take a closer interest in it, while the replacement of the LAVs currently in service should not take place before the next LPM, in 2026.

High level performance

The Scarab impresses with its futuristic design, close to that of the CRAB, and which is reminiscent of that of the car driven by Batman in "The Dark Knight". But beyond the design, it is the performance of the vehicle that contrasts with the previous generation of light armored vehicles. With a 330 HP hybrid engine, the Scarabée has a power/weight ratio of 38 HP per ton, giving it a top speed of more than 90 km/h, 70 Km/h off-road. Above all, the crossing capabilities of the light armored vehicle are exceptional for a vehicle of this size, equaling that of the VBCI, which is nevertheless known to be very agile.

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The Scarabée has a power/weight ratio of 38 hp/ton giving it very high mobility on all terrain.

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Fabrice Wolf
Fabrice Wolf
A former French naval aeronautics pilot, Fabrice is the editor and main author of the site. His areas of expertise are military aeronautics, defense economics, air and submarine warfare, and Akita inu.

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