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Jack Richardson

Arquus has recently completed the production of the 1,000th SHERPA armoured vehicle, a major milestone for the vehicle family, which has constantly evolved since 2006. 14 years after its first presentation at Eurosatory 2006, the SHERPA has been deployed in all theatres of operation and in all configurations, serving daily in a wide range of forces. That milestone crowns the quality of design and production of the SHERPA range, as well as its versatility in different versions, the SHERPA can tackle many missions and carry most of the equipment needed by Defence and Security forces.

The family is currently comprised of four base models:

  • the SHERPA Scout, an armoured vehicle for liaison and reconnaissance seating 4 or 5 soldiers, also available in the Station Wagon version
  • the Carrier, fitted with a bed for troop or systems transport
  • the APC, for troop protected transport
  • Special Forces, designed for missions behind enemy lines

Unveiled at Eurosatory 2006, the SHERPA has received unanimous acclaim for its exceptional mobility and payload, providing the vehicle with high versatility and upgradability. Various forces have quickly acknowledged these capabilities including the Nato Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) who have ordered SHERPA vehicles in a communications systems carrier version for the International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) then deployed in Afghanistan.

A rich history

Since 2006, Chile, Lebanon and Indonesia have acquired SHERPA vehicles to reinforce their police and security forces, while an Assault Ladder version was then developed by Arquus in 2014 to provide unprecedented capabilities to fight organised crime and terrorism with India, the Brazilian Federal Police, as well as the French GIGN selecting this version.  In 2016, the French Minister of Defence, Jean-Yves Le Drian, announced a contract for 300 SHERPA vehicles would be delivered to Kuwaït which were the highlight of the DGA 2019 show in Kuwaït City.

The SHERPA’s commercial success, in all versions and configurations, has allowed for the foundation and growth of a durable and long-term industrial activity, combining modern methods, long-term expertise and high-quality design. Since 2006, all SHERPA vehicles are produced at the Arquus site in Limoges on a dedicated production line while the Garchizy plant has also contributed to that industrial organisation by providing with the SHERPA’s armoured hulls.

2019, the year of all records for the Arquus plant in Limoges, has also been a record year for the SHERPA production line with more than 200 vehicles produced and the Limoges plant producing up to two SHERPA vehicles per day. These records, set on the plant’s 80th anniversary, illustrate the dynamism and renewing ability of a historic site of the French Defence. That 1,000th SHERPA milestone crowns the exceptional expertise of the engineers who have designed the SHERPA and have kept developing it to face the threats met on the battlefield and answer the commanders’ tactical needs. It also rewards the quality of the industrial organisation created to allow the production and support of proven vehicles, renowned for the quality of their performance and protection.