French leader of military mobility solutions Arquus is exhibiting at Indodefence 2022, the first edition since 2018. Arquus is proud to present a VAB MK3 6×6 Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) on Defend ID’s booth, under Arquus’ partner, state-owned company PT Pindad’s flag. The VAB MK3 is exhibited in a configuration specifically thought for Indonesia, with several adaptations conducted by PT Pindad: the ANOA 3. Arquus is eager to renew its commitment to Indonesian defence and to strengthen its ties with major Indonesian Defence companies such as Arquus’ long-term partner PT Pindad. It is a modern, NATO-compliant vehicle that Arquus constantly upgrades to better answer the operational needs of the operators on the battlefield.
The Véhicule de l’Avant Blindé or VAB (Armoured Forward Vehicle) is a French armoured personnel carrier and support vehicle designed and manufactured by Renault Trucks Defense (now called Arquus). The VAB Mk.3 armored personnel carrier was developed as a private venture. The VAB Mk.3 follows the line of the previous VAB series of armored personnel carriers. However it is a new design, rather than upgrade or modernization of existing vehicle. Also it has improved protection, improved mobility, and can carry more payload. Already in service and combat-proven in various armies around the world, the VAB MK3 is Arquus’ flagship on the 6×6 market. The design of the Anoa resembles the French VAB, which is also in service with Indonesia.
At Indodefence 2022, Arquus and PT Pindad renew their partnership, which has been running successfully for 15 years and has been recently completed by a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed at Eurosatory 2022 in Paris to establish future collaboration in land systems for Indonesia. This MoU covers the development and production of new armoured vehicles, as well as corresponding systems and services. With this agreement, both companies agreed to turn an exemplary relationship into an official, and larger scale partnership. The aim of this MoU is to cooperate in the field of military vehicles and systems to address the current needs of the Indonesian Armed Forces. It could also include development, product qualification, production and assembly, plus aftersales services.
Arquus and PT Pindad have been running a long-term and successful relationship over the past 15 years. Throughout these years, Arquus has been supplying PT Pindad with major components and parts which have been integrated in Indonesian-made armoured vehicles. In the framework of that cooperation, Arquus has notably supplied powerpacks for ANOA 6×6 APC vehicles and BADAK 6×6 IFV, currently serving in the Indonesian Army. Arquus has also supplied rolling chassis for the KOMODO 4×4 multipurpose vehicle. Arquus presents large-scale models for VAB MK3, Bastion and Fortress on its booth, to showcase its complete range of defence and security vehicles, as well as its ability to partner with companies on the long run.