Volvo made its bones in again within the Eighties with tough-as-nails packing containers, automobiles whose security turned the stuff of legends at a time when airbags weren’t even a requirement. However your outdated 240 battle wagon has nothing on the Arquus Scarabee, a brand new gentle armored car from Volvo Group subsidiary Arquus Protection that guarantees four-wheel steering, adaptive suspension, a payload score of four,000 kilos, and remote-control capabilities. It simply may be the hardest Volvo but.
Clearly, the Scarabee has about as a lot in frequent with the Swedish marque’s present lineup as an outdated Volvo C303. Unveiled at this month’s Paris Air Present, the Scarabee is one among a number of candidates to replace the French Military’s gentle armored car fleet over the following decade, based on Well-liked Science. Just like the U.S. Army and its personal convoluted Humvee substitute course of, France is within the means of modernizing its unwieldy group of home fashions relationship again many years.
Representing a ground-up construct by Arquus, a French concern owned by Volvo Group, the four-person car weighs roughly 6.6-tons because of its superior composite and metal protecting armor plating. Energy for the Scarabee, which implies “beetle” in French, comes from each a 300 horsepower diesel engine and an electrical 103-hp motor, each mounted within the rear. Hey, the identify matches. The hybrid system can be helpful in pressing acceleration; very like a McLaren P1, the Scarabee may even characteristic a “increase” mode that provides the motive force the power to ship each ounce of energy coming from each the motors to the 4 wheels.
Additionally just like the McLaren hypercar, the Scarabee will be operated in an electric-only “stealth mode” that may permit it to method a scenario “with out [a] thermal or acoustic signature,” based on Arquus. The beefed-up electrics and bigger battery, packaged beneath the cabin flooring and guarded by the underbody anti-explosive armoring, may even permit operators to conduct “a protracted, silent watch with all techniques on.”
However its actual celebration trick may be the all-wheel steering system that enables it to crab stroll and offers it an extremely tight turning radius. Not solely that, however the Scarabee has adaptive suspension for 2 totally different clearance modes, together with “Excessive, for off-road mobility, and Low, for stand-by or air transport.” It is principally a Vary Rover. Or a Rolls-Royce Cullinan. Or a BMW X7. It is definitely not an Oskosh M-ATV.
Easy air transport is a precedence, and the Scarabee was designed to be flown in a C-130, Chinook, A400M, and air-dropped by way of a LTCO 12 platform. The Scarabee’s minivan-like sliding facet doorways makes ingress and egress simpler for operators working to make the Scarabee combat-ready within the confines of an airplane. The truck will be up and working 15 minutes after landing to serve a wide range of missions, together with reconnaissance with its 270-degree field-of-view Battlenet Vetronics System, RGL Cameras, radar, and anti-drone expertise. Fight conditions are met with multi-caliber weaponry, medium-range missiles, and different armament capabilities that haven’t been disclosed to the general public.
The four-person inside is exclusive in having a central driving place up entrance, however within the close to future a driver won’t even be crucial. Arquus is engaged on distant management capabilities to permit operators to run the Scarabee like a drone truck from far behind the entrance traces. Well-liked Science additionally mentions plans for a motorized, autonomous gear trailer that may be directed independently.
These fashionable armored automobiles all the time look a bit like they rolled off the set of Starship Troopers, and the Arquus Scarabee goes additional than most with the guarantees it is making. However there are causes to not dismiss this little bug. Arquus is an amalgamation of a number of well-regarded protection contractors owned by Volvo, together with Renault Vehicles Protection (sure, that Renault), Panhard, ACMAT, and others. In constructing the Scarabee from scratch, the Arquus workforce leaned on Volvo Vehicles for the engine, brakes, steering, transmission, and electrical system, based on PopSci.
Whether or not or not the French Military bites stays to be seen. However it’s protected to say that Arquus will discover a minimum of just a few different takers.