Defenture, the Netherlands based manufacturer of high-end tactical vehicles for both Special Forces and light infantry units, welcomes investment company Azur Investment Group as shareholder. This financial injection enables Defenture to further develop three new modular tactical vehicles. Defenture develops and produces light tactical vehicles since 2013. Furthermore Defenture recently signed a contract with the Dutch Ministry of Defence for 249 Scorpion diesel quads. Last summer, Defenture handed over the last of 75 VECTOR vehicles to the Korps Commandotroepen (the Dutch Special Forces unit). This vehicle was quickly characterised ‘the new standard.’
Defenture is ambitious and wants to anticipate on new defence market trends, developments and needs. Henk van der Scheer, CEO Defenture: “We notice a strong need with our customers for unmanned vehicle systems, hybrid technology and emission reduction, topics we as Defenture anticipate on. We also have the ambition to increase our production capacity to at least 300 vehicles and 140 quads annually and to expand production abroad.” The modular rolling chassis enables a variety of possible configurations for these vehicles, varying from 3 to 10 tons. Next to that, there is strong focus on further developing three new vehicle types.
Mostly built from the same components, these vehicle systems focus on standardisation and strongly support familiarisation, thus creating international logistical interoperability and operational co-operation between military units using the vehicles. With Azur Investment Group as new shareholder, Defenture is ready for the future. Founded by rally driver Gerard Rond, and in the beginning supported by the renowned vehicle manufacturer VDL, the Dutch start-up Defenture kicked-off with research & development in 2013. Serial production of its high-end infantry vehicle started in 2017 for the Dutch SF.