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French Army receives its third batch of Tier 2 VT4 vehicles

French Army VT4 vehicle
Photo: French defense ministry

The French defense procurement agency (Directorate General of Armaments – DGA) has approved the delivery of a further 100 4×4 VT4 vehicles for the French Army.

This is the third batch of Tier 2 vehicles delivered to the service since the French company Arquus delivered first units in October 2018. The latest batch brings the total number of Tier 2 vehicles in the fleet to 300.

It is also the first delivery since Arquus resumed activities at its Saint-Nazaire site, which had been paused during the COVID-19 pandemic.

France’s 2019-2025 Military Planning Law foresees a fleet of 4,380 VT4 vehicles, including 3,980 for the Army, the rest being intended for the Air Force, the French Navy, and other services. To date, 1,300 vehicles have been delivered across all standards.

The standard 2 offers enhanced functionalities compared to those of the standard 1, which allow it in particular to integrate information and communication systems and to be projected on theaters of operations. It is also designed to be air transportable, in order to give it an additional dimension of tactical mobility.

“The VT4 reflects the renewal of equipment for our armed forces, and in particular the army. Versatile and modern, the VT4s will gradually replace the P4 vehicles, which have been in service since the 1980s,” French armed forces minister Florence Parly said welcoming the latest delivery.

VT4 has a 160 hp engine for a maximum speed of 165 km/h. It transports 5 soldiers or 4 combatants and has a payload of a little over 900 kg.

VT4 is replacing the 40-year-old P4 vehicles