Designation:

VAB

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Manufacturer: Nexter  
Product type: Armoured Vehicles  
Name: Wheeled armoured personnel carrier  

The VAB (Vehicule de I'Avant Blinde) was originally developed to meet the requirements of the French Army, which has received almost 4,000 vehicles in the 4 x 4 configuration, for protected transport of assault teams.

Renault Trucks Defense is now upgrading a major part of the French Army VAB fleet to extend its operational life by another 15 years.

Most export customers selected the 6x6 model of the VAB, which increases cross-country mobility. Renault Trucks Defense now offers an upgrade pack for the export market that includes a complete overhaul of the vehicle with options for the installation of a new diesel engine, automatic transmission, upgraded suspension and additional protection.

The standard VAB armoured personnel carrier (APC) version is normally armed with a 7.62mm or 12.7mm machine gun over the commander's position at the front right side of the vehicle. Some countries have a more powerful weapon station installed on the roof: for example, a turret armed with a 20mm cannon.

VAB production has totalled about 5,000 units; production is now undertaken as required. In addition to the basic APC, the VAB vehicle is used for various specialised roles such as mortar vehicle, command and control, artillery observation, air defence (gun or missile), internal security, repair and recovery, electronic warfare, ambulance, anti-tank (with various missile systems such as MILAN and HOT).

The baseline vehicle is fully amphibious: two water jets mounted one either side of the hull at the back propel the vehicle through water. Standard equipment includes powered steering.

A wide range of optional equipment is available, such as additional armour protection, air-conditioning system, a nuclear, biological and chemical defensive system, central tyre-inflation system, night-vision equipment, firing ports and associated vision devices, anti-lock braking system, new electrics and a front-mounted winch.


Specifications:
Property Value
Number of drive wheels
4
Number of wheels
4
Crew
2
Troops
10
Main weapon caliber (mm)
12.7
Length (mm)
5980
Width (mm)
2060
Height (mm)
2060
Ground clearance (mm)
400
Wheelbase (mm)
3000
Weight (kg)
13000
Weight for transportation (kg)
10200
Power-to-weight ratio (h.p./t)
16.92
Engine power output (h.p.)
220
Max. road speed (km/h)
92
Max. water speed (km/h)
7
Max. road range (km)
1000
Vertical obstacle (mm)
500
Gradient (%)
50
Side slope (%)
35
Fuel capacity (l)
300


Has folowing part:
Total Amount
MEXAS (Ballistic protection)
1
MIDR 06-02-26 (Diesel engine)
1
MIDR 06-20-45 (Diesel engine)
1
MIDS 06.20.45 (Diesel engine)
1

VAB quantities:
Country Qnt
ARGENTINA ARGENTINA
5
BRUNEI BRUNEI
26
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
10
COTE D'IVOIRE COTE D'IVOIRE
13
CYPRUS CYPRUS
145
FRANCE FRANCE
3700
INDONESIA INDONESIA
18
KUWAIT KUWAIT
5
LEBANON LEBANON
85
MAURITIUS MAURITIUS
11
MOROCCO MOROCCO
394
NORWAY NORWAY
5
OMAN OMAN
33
QATAR QATAR
162
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
20
Qnt:
4632

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