Sharp edge [ID18D2]

07 November 2018

French company Arquus (Outdoor Stand OD57) has brought its Dagger (4x4) light armoured vehicle to Indo Defence to meet potential local user requirements.

Dagger was originally developed to meet the requirements of the French Army for a Petit Véhicule Protégé (PVP), or light protected vehicle, and more than 1,100 have been delivered and are used for a wide range of missions.

Export contracts have so far been placed by Chile, Romania and Togo and, although originally developed for military use, the vehicle is now being marketed for police and paramilitary operations because its compact size permits it to be used in confined spaces.

It addition to the commander and driver, Dagger can carry six dismounts. A wide range of weapons can be mounted on the roof, such as a protected weapon station or remote weapon station, typically armed with a 7.62mm machine gun.

Some of the French Army PVPs are fitted with a WASP remote weapon station developed by Arquus and Safran under their previous names.

According to Arquus, Dagger can also be fitted with roof-mounted surface-to-air missiles and anti-tank guided weapons.

There is also a version of Dagger with a raised roofline to the rear of the commander’s and driver’s position to provide greater internal volume for more specialised roles, such as ambulance.

Dagger has a typical gross vehicle weight of about 5.5 tonnes and is powered by a 170hp diesel coupled to a fully automatic five-speed transmission, which gives it a top road speed of 110km/h and a road range of up to 800km.

The Arquus company was formed earlier this year, bringing together the famous French vehicle manufacturers of ACMAT, Panhard Defense and Renault Trucks Defense. Today it offers customers a wide range of logistic support vehicles as well as wheeled armoured fighting vehicles.

The company is also involved in the French Army Véhicule Blindé de Combat d’Infanterie (8x8), for which it supplies the complete driveline and powerpack. It is also an important player in the new generation of French Army Jaguar (6x6) reconnaissance vehicle and the Griffon (6x6) armoured personnel carrier (APC), which is a long-term replacement for the currently deployed Arquus VAB (4x4) APC used in large numbers by the French Army.

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