Crab-tank made by Volvo can drive SIDEWAYS


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. Volvo-owned Arquus’ new tank – Scarabée, or beetle – can drive sideways because each of its wheels are powered It can also be dropped from a place without a parachute – provided it is from a low height  HOW DOES ARQUUS’ NEW TANK MOVE SIDEWAYS?  The Scarabée, or beetle, moves in a similar way to a regular 4×4 in that each of its wheels are powered The driver can move individual wheels in any direction, meaning the front wheels can face a different direction to the back so that the vehicle can turn on the spot In order to move sideways, the driver must turn each of the wheels in the same direction   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 ‘ 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 tonnesThis 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   Arquus’ new vehicle, which is 6ft tall and 15ft 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