Gabon Buys 12 Aravis


Gabon has become the third client for the 4x4 Aravis made by French defence company Nexter, after signing a contract on October 29 to procure 12 of these 12.5 ton heavily armoured vehicles.

The West African nation's defence minister Ernest Mpouho Epigat and his French counterpart, Jean-Yves Le Drian witnessed the signature of the contract by Philip Burtin, Nexter's CEO during a visit to Paris.

The vehicles, equipped with Nexter's 20mm turret ARX20 that can be operated from inside the vehicle by the co-pilot, and PG-Guard RPG protection will also be delivered with the company's small ground reconnaissance robot, the Nerva LG. The vehicles are destined for the Gabonese battalion deployed in the Central African Republic in the framework of the MINUSCA (United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic). 

The air-conditioned vehicle is built on a robust Mercedes Unimog U5000 chassis, used for French fire-engines, and can be repaired by any Mercedes-approved garage.

The first two clients for Aravis were the engineering corps of the French army, which ordered 15 of them in 2010 as an urgent operational requirement for Afghanistan and the Saudi army bought 73 in 2011.

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