VCR TT 2
|Manufacturer:||Societe de Constructions Panhard et Levassor|
|Product type:||Armoured Vehicles|
|Name:||Wheeled armoured personnel carrier|
The VCR (Véhicule de Combat à Roues) TT (Transport de Troupes) 2 was originally developed by Panhard to meet the requirements of the Algerian Army.
One of the prototypes undertook some 3,000 km of trials in Algeria. It was intended that production of this vehicle would be undertaken in Algeria, but in the end the project was discontinued by Algeria owing to a shortage of funds.
The VCR TT 2 shares many automotive components, for example the power pack and suspension, with the Panhard ERC 90 F4 Sagaie 2 (6 × 6) armoured car, which was unveiled together with the VCR TT 2 for the first time in June 1985. At that time three prototypes of the VCR TT 2 had been built but, by late 2001, production of this vehicle had yet to commence. Description
The hull of the Panhard VCR TT 2 is of all-welded steel armour construction providing protection from small arms fire and shell splinters. The driver sits at the front of the vehicle in the centre and has three day periscopes for forward observation, the centre one of which is mounted in a forward-opening hatch for driving in the head-out position.
The engine compartment is to the immediate rear of the driver. The VCR TT 2 is available powered by two Peugeot XD 3T diesel engines developing a total of 196 hp at 4,150 rpm or two Peugeot PRV V-6 petrol engines developing a total of 290 hp at 5,500 rpm. These are each coupled to a ZF 4 HP 22 fully automatic transmission with four forward and one reverse gears which are in turn connected to a Panhard two-speed, road and cross-country transfer box. Power is transmitted to all roadwheels via drive shafts in the armoured hull.
Steering is power assisted on the front two roadwheels and, when driving on roads, the centre two roadwheels are normally raised clear of the ground.
Each roadwheel is independent and mounted on trailing arms with helicoidal spring suspension. The front and rear wheels have hydropneumatic suspension units while the centre ones have hydraulic jacks.
There is a single door in each side of the hull, to the rear of the first roadwheel station, and a large door in the hull rear that opens to the left. This has two Giat Industries firing ports each with an observation block above. These allow the troops to fire their weapons from within the vehicle.
Six troops sit down either side of the hull facing each other, with two upward-opening hatches in the upper part of each side of the troop compartment. Over the top of the troop compartment are four roof hatches, two either side, that are hinged on the outside.
The main armament installation is mounted on the roof to the rear of the engine compartment. If, for example, a SAMM BTE 105 cupola is fitted, armed with a 12.7 mm M2 HB machine gun, then 12 troops can be carried, but when heavier two-man turrets are mounted, then the number of troops is reduced.
Optional equipment includes an air conditioning system, NBC equipment, a front-mounted winch and various passive night vision devices.
The VCR TT 2 is fully amphibious, propelled in the water by two steerable propellers mounted under the hull rear. Variants
In addition to being fitted with a wide range of armament installations, Panhard has suggested a number of specialised versions of the VCR TT 2, including command post, ambulance and workshop.