Indo Defense 2022: Arquus and PT Pindad present Anoa 3 version of VAB Mk3 for Indonesian army

by Zaur Babashov | Thursday, Nov 3, 2022 | 322 views

First edition of Indo Defense since 2018, Arquus is eager to renew its commitment there in favor of the main Indonesian defense companies, as with PT Pindad, a long-time partner of Arquus. On this occasion, Arquus presents a VAB Mk3 APC (Armored Personnel Carrier) under the flag of PT Pindad. The VAB Mk3 is exhibited in a configuration specifically designed for Indonesia, with several adaptations made by PT Pindad: the Anoa 3.

The Anoa 3 APC illustrates the cooperation between Arquus and PT Pindad to meet the needs of the Indonesian army and law enforcement units. Already in service and proven in combat in various armies around the world, the VAB Mk3 is Arquus’ flagship on the 6×6 market. It is a modern vehicle, compliant with NATO standards, which Arquus is constantly developing to better meet the operational needs of operators on the battlefield.

Arquus also presents on its stand large-scale models of VAB Mk3, Bastion and Fortress, in order to show its complete range of defense and security vehicles, as well as its ability to establish long-term partnerships with companies. Such cooperation may include the design, production, support and upgrading of the vehicle throughout the life of the equipment to fully meet changing operational needs.

Arquus and PT Pindad: a 15-year partnership

Arquus and PT Pindad have enjoyed a successful relationship over the past 15 years. During this period, Arquus supplied PT Pindad with major components and parts that were integrated into Indonesian-made armored vehicles.

As part of this cooperation, Arquus notably supplied powertrains for the Anoa 6×6 APC and Badak 6×6 IFV vehicles, currently in service with the Indonesian army. Arquus also supplied wheeled chassis for the Komodo 4×4 multi-purpose vehicle.

During Indodefense 2022, Arquus and PT Pindad renew their partnership in force for 15 years, and which was recently completed by a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed during Eurosatory 2022 in Paris to establish future collaboration in the field of systems land for Indonesia. This MoU covers the development and production of new armored vehicles, as well as the corresponding systems and services. With this agreement, the two companies have agreed to transform an exemplary relationship into an official and larger-scale partnership.

The objective of this Memorandum of Understanding is to cooperate in the field of military vehicles and systems in order to meet the current needs of the Indonesian Armed Forces. This cooperation will focus on armored multi-purpose vehicles, reconnaissance vehicles, armored personnel carriers and light armored vehicles, as well as remote-controlled weapon stations. It could also include development, product qualification, production and assembly, and after-sales services.

Arquus, a long supplier of TNI, the Indonesian army

In addition to its longstanding relationship with PT Pindad, and the hundreds of Anoa, Badak and Komodo armored vehicles that serve every day, Arquus is a major supplier to the Indonesian military. Arquus has indeed produced and delivered a total of 80 vehicles directly to the Ministry of Defence, including VAB, VBL and Sherpa Light vehicles in various configurations.

This cooperation could go further in the event of new needs, with 4×4 and 6×6 vehicles, both for Defense and Security needs, as well as the corresponding services and systems, such as drivelines and mobility elements or RCWS (Remote-Controlled Weapon Stations) such as the Hornet range, already in service with the French Army. Arquus is delighted to develop its relations with Indonesia.

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