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ARQUUS DMS Scarabee (Beetle)

Light-Class High-Mobility Tactical Vehicle (HMTV) [ 2022 ]

The SCARABEE is a French development built around the battlefield concepts of firepower, mobility, and versatility.

Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 06/15/2022 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.

The "Scarabee" is a light-class High-Mobility Tactical Vehicle (HMTV) offered by ARQUUS Defense Mobility Systems of France. The vehicle is intended for fast reconnaissance, convoy support, general patrolling, and Special Operations (SPECOPS) work. It is billed by the company as the first of its kind to be of hybrid drive arrangement, able to run exclusively on electric power when needed to reduce both acoustic and thermal signatures in contested zones.

The car is arranged in a conventional fashion though the powerpack resides in the rear of the hull: the operating crew sits side-by-side in the passenger compartment. The roadwheels are oversized and spaced at the extreme corners of the chassis, offering the perfect blend of balance and ground clearance. The vehicle is equally-capable of offroad traversal as well as onroad. Vision ports are bullet resistance against small arms fire. Headlamps are embedded at the front corners of the frame. For entry-exit, the doors along the side of the hull slide rearwards as opposed to swinging outwards.

The Scarabee has a gross weight of 8 tons, houses a crew of four total personnel, and relies on a proven 4x4 all-wheeled configuration. Maximum road speed is 130 kmh on paved surfaces.

Due to its light armoring, the vehicle is not intended for direct-contact, prolonged firefights but instead as a fast-attack, fast-reconnaissance platform able to mount a variety of infantry-level weapon solutions over the hull roof. This includes 7.62mm and 12.7mm machine gun types as well as 40mm Automatic Grenade Launchers (AGLs) mounted in a 360-degree traversing Remote Weapon Station (RWS) complete with electronically-discharged smoke grenade canisters to screen the vehicle from prying eyes.

Scarabee belongs to a complete line of military and security minded vehicles championed by ARQUUS including the Sabre, Patsas, and VAN MK 3 all-wheeled models.©MilitaryFactory.com
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June 2022 - The Scarabee was showcased at Eurosatory 2022.



Service Year

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Program in Progress.

ARQUUS Defense Mobility Systems - France
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Anti-Tank / Anti-Armor
Base model or variant can be used to track, engage, and defeat armored enemy elements at range.
Armored Car
Design, of typically lightweight nature, providing onroad/offroad capabilities for the scouting or general security roles.
Can conduct reconnaissance / scout missions to assess threat levels, enemy strength, et al - typically through lightweight design.
Special Purpose
Special purpose design developed to accomplish an equally-special battlefield role or roles.

Wheeled Arrangement
Wheeled arrangement gives this system an inherent road-running capability, enhancing mobility.
Primary Turret
A modern tank quality, this vehicle sports its main armament in a single turret.
Remote Weapon Station (RWS)
Vehicle supports a remote-operated weapons station, reducing crew exposure to outside dangers.
Traversable Main Armament
Armament is situated in a traversing component, allowing for all-around engagement of enemy threats.
Cross-Country Capability
Design includes such features as a track-link system or high ground clearance to better traverse offroad.
Angled Armor
Angled armor at key facings adds inherent ballistics protection to the vehicle.
Shallow Glacis
The shallow design of the glacis plate provides the vehicle with inherent ballistics protection as well as contributes to a lower overall profile - making it more difficult to disable.
NBC Protection
Crew is provided (either as standard or optional) protection against Nuclear-Biological-Chemical agents for enhanced survivability in contaminated zones.
Smoke Screening
Vehicle has capability to self-generate a smoke screen, either through launched grenades or built-in engine funtion (raw fuel injection).
Crew has access to night-vision equipment, allowing for low-light or night time operations.
Anti-Tank Capable
Onboard solution provides ability to neutralize armored or fortified targets at range through missile or penetrating ballistic weapons.
Vehicle features an in-built anti-infantry capability for local defense of the vehicle or general troop suppression.
Remote Weapons Station
Vehicle supports an unmanned weapons station controlled remotely from within the safety of the vehicle.

17,637 lb
8,000 kg
8.8 tons
(Showcased structural values pertain to the ARQUUS DMS Scarabee production variant. Length typically includes main gun in forward position if applicable to the design)
Powerplant: 1 x Hybrid-drive powering a conventional 4x4 all-wheeled arrangement.
80.8 mph
(130.0 kph)
(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the ARQUUS DMS Scarabee production variant. Compare this entry against any other in our database)
Variable. Roof-mounted unmanned turret (Remote Weapon Station) to host various fittings including 7.62mm and 12.7mm machine guns as well as 40mm Automatic Grenade Launchers, AKERON-MP Anti-Tank, Guided-Missile (ATGM), and smoke grenade launchers.

Supported Types

Graphical image of a tank anti-tank guided missile
Graphical image of a tank medium machine gun
Graphical image of a tank heavy machine gun
Graphical image of infantry-level automatic grenade launcher
Graphical image of tank /armored vehicle smoke grenade dischargers

(Not all weapon types may be represented in the showcase above)
Dependent upon armament fit.

Scarabee - Base Series Name.

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Image from official ARQUUS marketing materials.


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