The 67th infantry regiment of Soissons received the VAB in its various versions (ATV, ambulance, PC, 120 mm mortar) to test it in the field. The VABs were supported by the 404th light equipment repair company of Noyon.
During this experiment, 20,000 kilometers were covered by the vehicles, resulting in a list of improvements drawn up by the users. Each possible improvement is noted and sent as a request for evolution to the design office which integrates them. These requests only concern secondary elements, and do not question the general design of the equipment. The second regiment to be equipped is the 110th infantry in Donaueschingen, Germany. Production for the French Army was staggered until May 1993, when the 3,975th unit was delivered.
Source : Army, ARQUUS military vehicle, 130 years of history
Graphic : VAB - Armoured Frontal Vehicle, rights : Army