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Al Rayyan  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2019
Total Production: 490
Origin: France
Corporations: Barzan Holdings, Kongsberg Gruppen and NEXTER
Parent System: VBCI
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2008
Total Production: 1,120
Total Cost: USD$3.8 billion
Family Members: VBCI VCI and VBCI VPC
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Description: The VBCI (Vehicule Blinde de Combat d'infanterie) has been designed to replace the existing AMX 10 P tracked infantry fighting vehicle in the French Army. It is a modular, air transportable (by A400M aircraft), threat-adaptable through add-on armor and weapons, 8x8 vehicle providing high mobility and maneuverability as well as high reliability, comfort, range, and low acquisition, maintenance and life cycle costs. A modern 8 wheeled vehicle has enough stores to be outfitted with the same armor and armament than a tracked vehicle. The Dragar gun-turret will be integrated on the VBCI vehicles giving them a 25mm fire support gun and secondary coaxial 7.62mm machine gun. In addition, the wheeld VBCI vehicle is suitable for urban warfare. The VBCI armored vehicles will complement the Leclerc main battle tank in assault operations. It will be capable of day and night, all-weather operation and fully compatible with emerging digitized battlefield.

The Al Zubarah and Al Wajbah are two new variants of the VBCI 8x8 armored vehicle customized to meet the requirements of the Qatari Armed Forces and developed under the Al Rayyan program. The Al Zubarah variant is fitted with a 40mm CTA cannon and the Al Wajbah is equipped with a Kongsberg 30mm medium caliber turret. On March 13, 2018, Qatar signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for up to 490 VBCI based vehicles to be supplied to its Armed Forces through 2026. Barzan Holdings, Nexter and Kongsberg will form the industrial partnership to supply these vehicles beginning by 2019.

Al Rayyan Specifications

Wheel Drive: 8x8
Main Gun Caliber: 30 millimeter
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Al Rayyan News

There are 3 news between
15 Dec 2017 and 13 Mar 2018
Tuesday, March 13, 2018Qatar Signs Agreement for Acquisition of 490 VBCI Armored Vehicles
Kongsberg to Supply Communications Equipment and Medium Caliber Turret to Qatar
Friday, December 15, 2017Qatar Signs Letter of Intent for 490 VBCI Armored Vehicles

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