Despite the failure of its Combat Reconnaissance Armored Buggy, or CRAB, presented at Eurosatory 2012 as a potential replacement for LAV, probably too far ahead of the needs of the armed forces, Arquus, which took over the Panhard brand in 2012, continued to work on its concept of a high performance light armored vehicle. Work on the Scarab, the designated successor of CRAB, began in 2017, and the prototype was presented at Eurosatory in 2018, creating the same interest as the CRAB 6 years earlier from visitors and the press, but not reaching not to get the Ministry of the Armed Forces to take a closer interest in it, while the replacement of the LAVs currently in service should not take place before the next LPM, in 2026.
High level performances
The Scarab impresses with its futuristic design, similar to that of the CRAB, and which is reminiscent of the car driven by Batman in "The Dark Knight". But beyond the design, it is the performance of the vehicle that stands out from the previous generation of light armored vehicles. With a 330 hp hybrid engine, the Scarabée has a power / weight ratio of 38 hp per ton, giving it a top speed of over 90 km / h, 70 km / h in all terrain. Above all, the light armored vehicle's clearing capabilities are exceptional for a vehicle of this size, equaling that of the VBCI, which is reputed to be very agile.
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