For more than a century, we have been the main supplier of French army vehicles, in partnership with the DGA defense procurement agency and the French Ministry of the Defense. A long shared history has enabled us to acquire solid experience of armed conflict and provide combat-proven vehicles and equipment.
It all started in 1917, when the FT 17 - the first mass-produced tank - took part in the great battles of World War I and made an effective contribution to victory.
Since then, our Group has been closely associated with all the campaigns and operations conducted by the French army. Panhard, for example, left its mark on many generations with its reconnaissance and scout vehicles, such as the emblematic AMD 178 which participated in the French campaign.
The VAB, a major commercial success
Our know-how is internationally recognised with more than 30,000 Arquus army vehicles in service worldwide and a major commercial success - the VAB. This 13-tonne troop transport vehicle - of which 5,000 were initially sold to more than 25 countries - remains, after thirty years on the market, one of the leading armored vehicles deployed by armies during operations.
The VAB was used during recent missions such as the Serval operation in Mali (2013-2014), the Sangaris operation in the Central African Republic (2013-2016) and, since 2014, the Barkhane operation in the Sahel.