Military vehicle made by Volvo can drive sideways

Military vehicle made by Volvo can drive sideways
June 22 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 6/22/2019 12:30:51 PM IST

 Arquus has shared incredible footage of its new tank that can drive sideways and could soon be used by the French army.

The Volvo-owned company, which focuses on battlefield-ready vehicles, has named its new light tank Scarabée, or beetle, reports Popular Science.

It has two engines in the back - one electric and one diesel - which help it reach top speeds of 75mph (120kmph), despite weighing 6.6 tonnes.

Arquus’ CEO Emmanuel Lavacher told Popular Science: ‘We really worked on the speed because that is also a form of protection.

‘If you put a lot of protective armor on a vehicle it makes it very heavy, big, and therefore slow unless you give it a large, powerful engine - in which case you no longer have a small, agile military vehicle.’

Arquus’ new vehicle, which is 6ft (1.8m) tall and 15ft (4.6m) across, is just one of the candidates being considered as a replacement for the French army’s current fleet of light-armored vehicles by 2025. 

The firm used composite materials to provide the best protection for the four-manned vehicle, which can also be remote controlled.

Each of the vehicle’s wheels are powered, which gives it its crab-like ability to drive sideways - which can be used to avoid mines with ease.

A spokesperson for Aquus said: ‘That way you can approach the enemy without either turning your back to him or being full front on, but you could also drive crab-like behind a ridge, for example, and yet still have your roof-top gun with its limited turn radius pointing at the enemy.’

This also means the huge tank can be turned around on the spot and can make it around extremely tight corners. 

Scarabée can also be dropped from a place without a parachute - provided it is from a low height.  

As well as carrying two tonnes of equipment inside, Arquus has also designed a trailer that can hold double that.

The trailer can also be remote controlled and can move independently when called for as it is robotised.  

In 2009, France launched a large modernisation programme for its army dubbed Project Scorpion.

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