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Arquus will be present at the IDEX 2021 trade show. The company offers comprehensive solutions for armies and security forces, ranging from 4×4 light vehicles to 6×6 and 8×8 APCs and IFVs. The company can also provide a wide array of tailoured drivelines and bases to create fully new, high-quality vehicles, designed with industrial partners to fit specific needs. At IDEX 2021, Arquus will display all of its expertise, including its most advanced products and technologies.

Innovative Solutions for IDEX 2021

The SCARABEE RCWS, the first military hybrid-drive armoured reconnaissance car, will be presented in Abu Dhabi for its very first show abroad. Compact, highly mobile and stealthy, the SCARABEE can tackle any environment and can serve as:

  • a reconnaissance car
  • a light cavalry vehicle (fitted with a powerful auto-cannon)
  • a missile-carrying tank killer
  • a mobile command post.

It can be used in air assault units or quick reaction forces, accompany infantry units or pair up with MBTs. Thanks to its electrical machine and its high- capacity batteries, the SCARABEE can move, accommodate and action several sensors and energy-consuming systems while being perfectly silent. As the new definition for reconnaissance vehicles, it is perfectly suitable for modern armies seeking to equip themselves with light, versatile, highly mobile and powerful vehicles.


Also being launched at IDEX 2021 is the HORNET RCWS range. This can accommodate systems ranging from 7.62mm guns to 40mm grenade launchers on top of sensors and self-protection systems. Modular and connected, the HORNET RCWS offers unique performance on the market with:

  • fully digital optronic units
  • day and night vision
  • laser rangefinder
  • full HD video
  • independent ring smoke grenade-launcher
  • collaborative combat capability

The HORNET range has been selected and qualified by the French Army to equip the new combat vehicles of the SCORPION programme.

HORNET RCWS (Image: Arquus)

Arquus will also be offering the FORTRESS Mk2, one of the most advanced APC vehicles currently on the market. Extremely mobile with its independent suspension and high-power engine, the FORTRESS Mk2 redefines the standards of military mobility. Built on Arquus’ long- running experience in designing and supporting all-terrain military vehicles, the FORTRESS Mk2 successfully combines excellent weight/power ratio with exceptional off-road capabilities.

It benefits from the latest technologies and the most advanced processes making this product particularly efficient and homogeneous. Its new armoured hull provides the FORTRESS Mk2 and its 11 passengers with very high levels of ballistic, mine and IED protection, without gaining any weight. With its excellent mobility, the FORTRESS Mk2 is an APC of choice which can be equipped with the latest vetronics suites such as Arquus’ BATTLENET solution, as well as RCWSs such as HORNET for extra firepower and operational versatility in the field.

Previous IDEX Exhibit

Arquus will also discuss the VAB Mk3 IFV. This was presented at IDEX 2019 with its Advanced Survivability System and designed to protect against all the threats it could face on the battlefield. Building on the years of experience of the French Army’s 4×4 VABs, Arquus has designed a fully new 6×6 vehicle built for troop and systems transport. Highly mobile, the VAB Mk3 offers performance similar to an 8×8 with reduced costs of ownership. The VAB Mk3 is already in service in various armies in the region.

Arquus constantly develops its network of partners worldwide. This strategy enables Arquus to combine the expertise of companies from all fields and all the regions of the world, thus offering increasingly innovative solutions and allowing for market share development abroad.

Jack Richardson