Within the economy stimulus package decided by Sarkozy, France is to receive 15 of the new Nexter Aravis MRAP for operations in Afghanistan at a unitary price of one million euros. The FR Army will be the first customer of this new vehicle which was only presented during the Satory 2008 exhibition last June. With a weight of 12,5 tons ARAVIS' protection level is supposed to outclass that of all other existing 4x4 vehicles. Its combined protection levels are as such : level 4 ballistic protection (defeats 14,5 mm threats), level 4 mine protection (defeats 10kg mines under the belly and wheels) , level 4 artillery splinters protection (defeats 155mm artillery threats) and IED protection. The ARAVIS has an Unimog chÃ¢ssis and it is air transportable by C130, A400M and C17. This vehicule offers an internal volume of 9.5 m3 and can carry 2 crew plus up to 6 infantrymen with their equipment. ARAVIS, can be fitted with remote controlled weapon station (Kongsberg Protector 50 Cal MG in the case of the FR Army). http://www.ttu.fr/francais/Articles/Industrie%20&%20materiels/15aravisnexter.html http://www.nexter-group.fr/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=229&Itemid=134 The stimulus package also includes 5 EC-725 Mk II helicopters, one 21,300 tons LPD of the "Mistral" Class, a higher than expected production rate for the VBCI IFV and PVP light armoured vehicles, CIS equipments, new bombs, the conversion of Falcon 50 from VIP jets to MPAs and a few other bits and bobs.