The ACMAT Bastion is a modern French armoured personnel carrier, manufactured by ACMAT.
Military aid to Ukraine continues. France is among the most active European countries in helping the Kyiv government. A large number of weapons were sent to the Ukrainian battlefield. The ACMAT Bastion is a modern French armoured personnel carrier, manufactured by ACMAT. It is reported that France will provide Ukraine with 20 Bastion armored vehicles. The car is currently in service in many African countries with different configurations.
The Bastion 4×4 was developed as a private project, first revealed in 2010. The vehicle was not approved by the French army, however it has become popular with customers from Africa. The Bastion APC is essentially designed as a high-mobility infantry and reconnaissance armored vehicle, providing a capable and reliable multi-purpose platform.
According to the manufacturer, Bastion provides all-round protection against 7.62 mm armor-piercing bullets and shell fragments. Vehicle has a V-shaped hull for improved protection against landmines. It survives explosions equivalent to 6 kg of TNT under any wheel or anywhere under the hull.
Crew of 2 people, including commander and driver. It transports 8 to 10 fully-equipped troops. Passengers enter and leave the vehicle via rear doors. The roof of the Bastion APC can be fitted with a one-man open-top turret or a remotely operated weapon station which can be armed with a 7.62mm or a 12.7mm machine gun. Also there are firing ports with associated vision blocks provided for the troops to fire their individual weapons.
The Bastion APC is powered by a Diesel engine developing 215 hp coupled to a 6-speed mechanical or 5-speed automatic transmission. It can run at a maximum road speed of 110 km/h with a maximum cruising range of 1,000 km. It can be fitted with a central tyre inflation system and run-flat tyres. However it seems that these are optional.
Bastion can be transported by CH-47 Chinook helicopter, or by C-130 Hercules, C-160 or A400M military transport aircraft. The Bastion APC is a multi-role armored vehicle that can be used for a full range of missions as reconnaissance, forward command and control, patrol, security, escort, route clearance support, peacekeeping, urban and close quarter’s operations.