|Manufacturer:||Societe de Constructions Panhard et Levassor|
|Product type:||Armoured Vehicles|
Panhard has a long tradition for designing and manufacturing combat armoured vehicles, which have met success both in France and at export ((AMD, AML, EBR, ERC) for fifty years. The new Panhard's offer has gone through the creation of a new kind of land mobile weapon system, providing us with the best technology while meeting exacting economic criteria. The CRAB, a revolutionary concept without any equivalent on the market, will introduce a new kind of mobile warfare.
Major General Vincent Desportes, a special advisor to the Chairman of Panhard highlights the CRAB concept: "the armed forces are facing decreasing procurement budgets together with increasing fielding costs for future equipment, which automatically leads to decreasing forces' size, which get under the threshold of critical manoeuvre sizes. Therefore, the CRAB was designed with the view of providing the French Army with a force-sparing tool, enabling it to carry out a large number of missions - with very low LCCs (Life Cycle Costs) - before committing major combat assets, the Leclerc MBT, the AMXRC wheeled armoured vehicle, and then the ERBC (Recce and Combat WA V - Wheeled Armoured Vehicle -) ".
Owing to their specific features - mobility and firepower in particular - CRAB units fitted with multipurpose equipment can efficiently take part in the three stages of an operation (COMMITMENT, STABILIZATION, NORMALIZATION), and operate in the OFFENSIVE, DEFENSIVE, or SECURITY mode during these different stages.
In the new environments for force commitment, security gets a primary role as the adversary purpose is to attack weak points. In this area, CRAB units can have an essential role.
On this matter, Christian Mons, Panhard Chairman and CEO added: "Clearly, Panhard aims at the VBAE ("WAV in support of commitments") in tank squadrons. The VBAE is currently at stage 2 of the Scorpion operation. The purpose for the VBAE goes beyond reconnaissance missions, which are currently fulfilled by the VBL, the eyes and the ears of Leclerc MBTs and AMX10RC wheeled armoured vehicles. The "commitment support" role may be more important and include a NLOS (Non Line Of Sight) function that the ERBC will not have. The CRAB has been designed with this platform modularity concept. "
The CRAB includes a couple of emerging technologies: a crew citadel and remote-controlled weapon systems that enable us to have a light, compact, and very well protected platform.
The drive line is designed so as to have a very high speed on all terrains, and a large agility in complex (in particular built-up) areas. Thales is working alongside Panhard to develop the CRAB. The French electronic manufacturer provides the Systronique vetronic network, on the basis of standardized crew stations, compatible with the future Scorpion labels and standards.Panhard estimates the world market to amount to several thousands of vehicles.
The CRAB presented at the Eurosatory show for the first time; in a version equipped with the CMI (Cockerill Maintenance & Ingenierie) remote-controlled 25-mm turret.
Remote-controlled 7.62-mm to 30-mm weapon system + guided missile or rockets Speed: > 110 km/h Weight/Power ratio: > 35hp/t
Large-travel active suspension system with large-diameter tyres Standing 4x4 configuration
Capability to reverse at high speed, move crabwise, and turn the rear wheels in the opposite direction, to make a U-turn within a 10-metre diameter. Vetronic: Thales compatible Scorpion, HMI (Human Machine Interface) through multifunction colour screens with three crew stations. Low profile (roof top at about 1.80 metre). Airlift: 3 vehicles aboard an A400M, 2 aboard a C130J NRBC and amphibious options.
As regards weapon systems and systems, the CRAB's load capability enables us to offer a combat platform as a whole family, with weapon systems including 7.62-mm to 30-mm weapons and missiles for land warfare and air-defence warfare.
An actual contingency airlift deployment capability will be restored with the CRAB as it will be possible to load three vehicles aboard an A400M Transportation aircraft.
CMI Defence presents the Cockerill CPWS 20-25-30 (19.06.2014)
Panhard vehicles at Eurosatory 2012 (11.06.2012)