ACMAT (Ateliers de Construction Mécanique de L’Atlantique, also known as ALM-ACMAT), (since 22 May 2006, Ateliers Construction Mecanique L’Atlantique is a wholly owned subsidiary of Renault Trucks) is a French producer of cross-country and tactical military vehicles since 1958. Known for their reliability, simplicity, ruggedness and their 80% (over 3,500) commonality of parts across the entire product line, these vehicles were originally targeted at African and Asian countries who could not afford more expensive vehicles.
The ACMAT company built their vehicles based on standardisation, commonality of parts and components, and on interchangeability parts are interchangeable with vehicles built 30 years ago. Parts commonality includes cabs, structural components, engines and drive trains. ACMAT uses many of the same parts for all of its line of vehicles. They even produce an armoured variant of both the 4×4 and 6×6 versions of the VLRA.
ACMAT founded as The ALM SA (Ateliers Legueu Meaux) in 1954 by Rene Legueu as a Meaux-based manufacturer of wheeled military vehicles. Some of their heavy trucks and commercial vehicles are also available in civilian versions. For commercial use, there are also vehicles for protection of persons and the use of public-sector units of authorities such as the police and the fire brigade. Since the start of production, the company has produced over 12,000 vehicles that are marketed in over 50 countries. In 1964, the company moved its headquarters to Saint-Nazaire.
The company started as a developer and producer of vehicle parts, including transfer case and front axles for large-scale built trucks. The company holds patents for many of its in-house parts and technologies. This also gave rise to all-terrain trucks designed for agricultural uses. However, it remained only a concept and never made it to market but was then developed for the oil industry. So a four-wheel and all-terrain version was included in the geophysical industry for use in the oil developments in the Sahara. With a range of just over 1,000 km on a single tank and operational capabilities in desert terrain, the vehicle offered an increased viability in a hostile region, which appealed to the military.
Further, the company began the development of components. These were the front and rear axles, transmission and transfer case . This led to the company awarded a further 12 patents. During 1967, the company launched its latest model, the ACMAT VLRA (Vehicule de Liaison de Reconnaissance et d’Appui > “Liaison, Reconnaissance, and Support Vehicle”). This characterised by its robustness above all. It could transport 2.5 tonnes of payload, a maximum range of 1,600 km and a water tank with a capacity of 200lt.
The Fortress is a 14.5 tonne armored combat vehicle. With its high mobility driveline, 340 hp engine, automatic drive and independent wheel suspensions. Also, the Fortress is the perfect balance of weight/power ratio, important payload and exceptional all-terrain capabilities. Its armored monocoque hull offers a large internal volume, as well as great protection against balistical aggressions, mines and Improvised Explosive Devices (IED), in compliance with STANAG 4569 standard. Available in personnel carrier and logistics versions, offering high protection and high mobility. The APC version can also converted to ambulance and command post versions.
VAB MK 3:
VAB MK 3, a new family of 6×6 medium weight armoured vehicles offering very high level performance in terms of mobility, protection and payload. Also, VAB MK 3 benefits from thirty years experience through the VAB legacy. The vehicle, driven from behind the windshield, provides the on-board commander and driver with excellent observation capacity. Its compact profile facilitates optimal stealth in urban and mountainous environment. A complete systems offer integrating top-level technologies and allowing the completion of all combat missions in collaborative mode. Low procurement cost and access to the Volvo / Renault Trucks maintenance network across the entire world. Performance close to an 8×8 at an economic cost.
Especially designed for Special Forces penetration missions beyond front lines. So, the Areg is the perfect match between all-terrain mobility, sturdiness and firepower. However, its 4×4 chassis adapted to all military operations. In the most extreme conditions, which allow for quick interventions on the most hostile terrains. Stealthy and extremely mobile. The Areg can carry a large range of firepower. Thanks to its circular machine gun and its articulated arm for the crew chief. The Areg designed for being airdropped. Making Areg the ideal vehicle for all drop-in assault missions. Its robustness also means reliability on all terrains and in the most demanding climates.