France To Supply Ukraine With 20 Armored Vehicles
The French newspaper La Tribune has reported that the French manufacturer Arquus will provide Ukraine with 20 Bastion armored vehicles, with the contract being finalized by Arquus, which is owned by the Swedish group Volvo and the French Ministry of Defense.
Photo Insert: The Bastion is a 4x4 Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) vehicle designed and developed by the French company ACMAT, which became part of Arquus years ago.
Like other European countries, France has become a significant supplier of weapon systems to Ukraine, the most efficient and spectacular one being Nexter’s Caesar 155mm self-propelled howitzers.
Arquus VAB 4x4 APCs have also been supplied. Now, Arquus will produce and deliver units of its Bastion APC, the military trade publication Army Recognition reported.
The Bastion is a 4x4 Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) vehicle designed and developed by the French company ACMAT, which became part of Arquus years ago.
The vehicle is based on the chassis of the ACMAT VLRA TDN/TDE all-terrain multi-role tactical vehicle. In APC configuration, the Bastion has a crew of two including a driver and commander and can accommodate up to eight infantrymen seated at the rear of the hull.
The vehicle offers ballistic protection against the firing of small arms and artillery shell splinters. It also integrates a V-shaped monocoque hull made of high hardness armored steel, which enhances the survivability of the vehicle and occupants by deflecting an upward aimed blast from a landmine or IED away from the vehicle.