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Armoric Holding Showcases Centurion D14 Armored Vehicles at the Paris Defense and Security Exhibition 2024.

At the Eurosatory Defense and security exhibition, which takes place from June 17 to 21 in Paris, Armoric Holding is set to showcase its expertise with the introduction of several high-value-added vehicles. Among the highlights is the Centurion D14 armored vehicle, designed for RAID unit operations, which will also play a role in the security measures for this summer's Olympic Games in Paris.
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The vehicle stands out for its multipurpose capabilities. Equipped with a sturdy Renault 4x4 truck chassis, it provides essential maneuverability while supporting the substantial weight of the armor (Picture source: Armyrecognition)

The Centurion D14, a product of this partnership, was developed by the group's subsidiary, Essonne Sécurité, known for its advanced bodywork and protection solutions. This armored vehicle is designed to safely transport agents during the most dangerous missions.

The vehicle stands out for its multipurpose capabilities. Equipped with a sturdy Renault 4x4 truck chassis, it provides essential maneuverability while supporting the substantial weight of the armor. The protection levels range from B4 to B6, enabling the Centurion D14 to withstand even the explosion of nearby mines and other explosive devices.

The vehicle's interior is as impressive as its defensive capabilities. It is fitted with individual seats for the driver and a companion, with additional seating for the agents. Access is via front doors for the drivers and side doors for other team members. Visibility is ensured by armored windows with grilles, and comfort is enhanced by efficient ventilation and lighting systems.

In addition to transporting personnel, the Centurion D14 can carry a wide range of equipment necessary for anti-terrorist interventions, thanks to a rear compartment accessible through an external door. It also features gun ports for firing from within, an automatic fire extinguishing system, and a front winch, with additional options such as blades for demolishing obstacles or a laser for dissuasion.

The exact number of armored vehicles produced by Essonne Sécurité at their Trémeur facility in Côtes-d’Armor remains undisclosed. However, these vehicles, including the well-regarded Carapace models, have significantly contributed to Armoric Holding's impressive growth. Since its inception in 2009, the group has seen its revenue soar from 2 million to 100 million euros in 15 years, with net profits expected to be between 4 and 5 million euros this year.

Amid the current market conditions, Essonne Sécurité has experienced a 30% increase in revenue over the past year. The company will also be represented at Eurosatory by another subsidiary, Scoma from Eure-et-Loir, known for manufacturing critical safety components like ball joints for steering systems, which has seen a 23% growth in activity in 2023, according to founder Frédéric Louis.

Additionally, the Sides brand, also part of the Armoric group and based in Saint-Nazaire, Loire-Atlantique, will present its firefighting vehicles, commonly used at numerous military air bases.

While Eurosatory is not typically a venue for finalizing orders, it serves as an important platform for showcasing innovations. Security and defense account for 15 to 20% of Armoric Holding's revenue, with 1 to 2% of that reinvested in innovation. This investment has led to new developments such as an innovative airport vehicle by Sides, a new line of security products for troop transport, and the production of a durable ball joint.

Armoric Holding, employing 500 people, maintains stability with a current order book valued at 120 million euros. However, Frédéric Louis has announced plans to seek a new partner, preferably international, to face new challenges such as integrating new technologies like drones, decarbonizing propulsion, and expanding exports. Currently, 40% of its activity is in exports, with a goal to increase this to 60%.

Already established in the United States and Morocco, Armoric Holding is exploring a new production facility in India. The future partner will need to bring a complementary vision and network, ideally from abroad, as the company aims to reach 500 million euros in revenue within the next decade.

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