Robustness, agility and simplified maintenance have always been and still are the specified requirements for ACMAT’s off-road vehicles used in the foreign operations of the French Army and its Special Forces. More than 12,000 VLRA trucks, BASTION armoured vehicles and ALTV pickups are now used in military, security and peacekeeping operations in more than 50 countries, in Europe, Africa, the Middle-East, Latin America and Asia. Since the 1950s, the specific demands of Defence and Security forces in terms of extreme mobility and off-road performance have required ACMAT’s founding principles to be perpetuated through a complete range of 4WD and 6WD vehicles based on a welded-steel chassis, customizations meeting the severest requirements and complete interchangeability of mechanical components throughout the range.
Since 1948, Ateliers Legueu Meaux (ALM) has supplied off-road trucks tailored to the needs of farms and, since 1954, has developed 4WD and 6WD vehicles for the Sahara oil fields. The French Forces in Africa were supplied with the VCOM (Overseas Combat Vehicle) in 1961. In 1965, ALM became ACMAT (Ateliers de Constructions Mécaniques de l’Atlantique) in Saint-Nazaire. In 1967, the VLRA (Liaison, reconnaissance and support vehicle), the direct heir of the VCOM, became the reference off-road vehicle with a range of 1600 km and a 200-litre drinking water tank. In 2006, the ACMAT company joined Renault-Trucks Defense. With the VLRA 2, the BASTION armoured vehicle and the ALTV, ACMAT now develops its range on all 5 continents.