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Arquus Presents FORTRESS MK2 Armored Personnel Carrier at Eurosatory


Arquus Presents FORTRESS MK2 Armored Personnel Carrier at Eurosatory

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Arquus Presents FORTRESS MK2 Armored Personnel Carrier at Eurosatory
Arquus Presents FORTRESS MK2 Armored Personnel Carrier at Eurosatory

Discover the FORTRESS MK2, Arquus’ medium armored personnel carrier (APC), at the industrial live demonstrations of Eurosatory 2024, which will be held from June 17 to 21 at the Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre. This 4×4 armoured combat vehicle will be showcased in the troop transport version and will manoeuvre over rugged terrain in a high-intensity scenario. Designed to answer the intensification of the threats encountered on the battlefield, the FORTRESS Mk2 combines the very high mobility of the FORTRESS and brand new capabilities in terms of protection and firepower. More aggressive and even better protected, the FORTRESS Mk2 is a modern, high-performance vehicle, very well adapted to current and future operational commitments. It combines mobility, firepower and protection in a single multi-purpose vehicle, developed to meet the demands of Arquus’ customers and partners.

Drawing from extensive experience on numerous operational theatres, Arquus has integrated the latest technologies and advanced processes into the FORTRESS MK2, making this product particularly effective and cohesive. Its new armoured hull provides the FORTRESS MK2 and its 10 passengers with very high levels of ballistic, mine, and IED (Improvised Explosive Device) protection, in compliance with STANAG 4569. Its high-mobility powertrain and independent wheel suspension give the FORTRESS MK2 superior mobility and an excellent power-to-weight ratio on all terrains. The Arquus armoured vehicle comes in troop transport, medical, or command post variants. The FORTRESS MK2 is in service with European Special Forces units. With its great mobility and adaptability to off-road environments, the FORTRESS MK2 embodies both durability and versatility.

FORTRESS Mk2 at Eurosatory 2024
FORTRESS MK2 Armored Personnel Carrier at Eurosatory 2024. (Photo by Arquus )

True to the tradition of ACMAT vehicles, the FORTRESS Mk2 is a vehicle at ease in all circumstances, off-roads as well as for obstacle crossing, thanks to its independent suspensions and proven chassis, which is the result of decades of operational experience. The FORTRESS Mk2 retains the 6-cylinder 340-horsepower engine, which gives it a power-to-weight ratio of 23 horsepower per ton, a top speed of 120 km/h and a range of 1,200 kilometers. Thanks to its mobility and firepower, the FORTRESS Mk2 can carry and accompany the infantry on the battlefield, while providing operational fire support. Its exceptional mobility and interior configuration allows for the safe transport of a full fighting group and their equipment, on all terrains, and with a high level of comfort, ensuring that they are well restedboth physically and mentally before the action.

The FORTRESS Mk2 has been specially designedto carry Arquus’ Hornet range of Remote-Controlled Weapons Stations (RCWS). As part of the Scorpion program, Arquus has created a new French line of RCWS which accommodates a wide range of weaponry, from 5.56mm to 12.7mm, including 7.62mm and HK40. Commonequipment for all the new combat vehicles of the Scorpion program, these systems will equip the French Army’s new combat vehicles. The FORTRESS Mk2 is natively equipped with Arquus’ Battlenet vetronics suite, designed to operate with the Hornet turrets and featuring Blue Force Tracking (BFT). In addition to the Hornet RCWS, the FORTRESS Mk2 can accommodate a wide variety of weapons and systems, such as 7.62mm, 12.7mm or 14.5mm protected manual circulars, grenade launchers or acoustic and laser detectors.

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