Designation:

V.B.L.

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Manufacturer: Societe de Constructions Panhard et Levassor  
Product type: Armoured Vehicles  
Name: Wheeled armoured personnel carrier  

Following extensive trials, the French Army selected the Panhard VBL (Vehicule Blinde Leger) to meet its future requirements for a light scout vehicle. The initial production vehicles were completed in 1990 and the first customer was Mexico.

By mid-2004,1,800 VBLs had been built for the home and export market with quantity production still underway.

The all-welded steel armour hull protects the occupants against small-arms fire, shell splinters and anti-personnel mines. The bulletproof windows provided the same level of protection as the hull.

Standard equipment includes a nuclear, biological and chemical (NBC) defensive system, powered steering, central tyre-pressure regulation system and passive night-vision equipment.

Panhard offers many options for the VBL, such as an air-conditioning system and a land-navigation system. Some French Army vehicles are being fitted with a battle information system.

Typical armament aboard the VBL is a roof-mounted 7.62mm or 12.7mm machine gun. The latter is often mounted in a cupola. A wide range of other weapons can be fitted, such as a Euromissile MILAN anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW), a 40mm automatic grenade launcher and a cupola-mounted 20mm cannon.

The standard production VBL has a 2.45in wheelbase but a long wheelbase version (2.7in) is also available with an increased internal volume. This can carry up to four people.

The basic vehicle is fully amphibious: a single propeller mounted under back of the hull drives the vehicle through water at a machine speed of 4.5km/h.

The VBL is available in different variants, including as an anti-tank vehicle fitted with 3,750m-range Raytheon Tube-launched Optically tracked, Wire guided (TOW) ATGW, MBDA Mistral surface-to-air missile, air-defence surveillance radar, battlefield surveillance radar, internal security and fitted with a mast-mounted surveillance pod.

Specifications:
Property Value
Side slope (%)
30
Height (mm)
2140
Fording depth (mm)
600
Gradient (%)
70
Length (mm)
4095
Max. road range (km)
600
Number of drive wheels
4
Number of wheels
4
Number of forward gears
5
Number of reverse gears
1
Weight (kg)
4000
Engine power output (h.p.)
95
Width (mm)
2020
Crew
3
Side slope (%)
30
Max. road speed (km/h)
95

Included in:
Product Amount
V.B.L./Kornet (Wheeled armoured personnel carrier)
1

Has folowing part:
Total Amount
PL127 (Turret)
1
XD 3T (Diesel engine)
1

V.B.L. quantities:
Country Qnt
BENIN BENIN
10
CAMEROON CAMEROON
5
DJIBUTI DJIBUTI
7
FRANCE FRANCE
1621
GABON GABON
12
GREECE GREECE
13
INDONESIA INDONESIA
18
KUWAIT KUWAIT
20
MEXICO MEXICO
40
NIGER NIGER
7
NIGERIA NIGERIA
72
OMAN OMAN
132
PORTUGAL PORTUGAL
18
QATAR QATAR
16
RWANDA RWANDA
16
TOGO TOGO
2
Qnt:
2009

   
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