Belgian army leases new fleet of 1.000 vans
While the Belgian army used to buy the vehicles in its fleet, it is not the first time it leases. In 2010, it owned 1.600 vans. Due to budgetary restrictions, the army replaced part of that fleet by 870 D’Ieteren-leased VW Caddy and Transporter Combi models.
Arval & PSA
With the end of the D’Ieteren contract in sight, the ministery of defense launched a tender to which Arval, D’Ieteren, Leaseplan, Alphabet, and Belfius Lease subscribed. Arval secured the deal with a cost that surprised the army.
The Belgian army leases 500 Citroën Berlingo, 250 Citroën Jumpy 8+1, 200 Citroën Jumpy vans, and 50 Opel Movano models. The contract includes maintenance, road assistance, damage repair, replacement vehicles, fuel, and tires with an annual mileage of 20.000 km.
The army explains its choice for leasing by saying it wants to concentrate more on specific defense tasks. Externalizing the fleet frees up about 250 staff for other tasks. Moreover, costs are lower because the vehicles have a lower fuel consumption, but also thanks to a fleet management system.
All vehicles are equipped with the ‘Arval Car Sharing’ mobility solution and ‘Arval Active Link’ telematics. Arval Car Sharing makes it possible for staff to reserve a vehicle online and open it. Telematics makes it possible to analyze the car and its driver’s behavior in real-time. This way, the army wants to responsibilize drivers.
Like the VW Caddy models they replace, the new vehicles are not painted khaki, but rather civilian colors. Keeping them in civilian trim will make it easier to remarket them afterward. All vehicles will serve internal use, between military bases in Belgium. For international missions, the army only uses armored vehicles.