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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1980
Total Production: 5,000
Also Known As: véhicule de l'avant blindé
Origin: France
Corporations: NEXTER* and Renault Trucks Defense   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: VAB
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1980
Total Production: 5,000
Family Members: VAB Mark III
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Description: GIAT Industries VAB (véhicule de l'avant blindé) is a family of armored vehicles designed to be employed on a wide range of missions. It features amphibious, NBC protected, wheeled, high mobility, air-transportable chassis available in either 4x4 or 6x6 configuration. It is powered by a 220/300-hp turbodiesel engine manufactured by Renault which allows top speed of 90+ kph. It carries 10/11 fully equipped troops along with a two-man crew. VAB can be equipped with guns/turrets of up to 25mm and missile systems.

Its lightweight armor provides full coverage protection against 7.62mm caliber ammunition and landmines. Fitted with add-on armor VAB can withstand ballistic impacts from 14.5mm ammunition. The 6x6 vehicle maximum weight equipped with add-on armor and maximum payload is 16 tons. VABs are specially well suited for peacekeeping operations due to its high mobility and flexibility. The French Army deployed the VAB during peacekeeping operations in the former Yugoslavia.

GIAT Industries is marketing the VAB in the roles of troops transport, infantry fighting vehicle fitted with 12.7mm or 25mm guns, command vehicle, anti-armor vehicle, 81mm mortar carrier, ambulance, recovery vehicle, NBC reconnaissance, equipment transport and security vehicle. More than 5,000 VABs have been produced so far. VAB was ordered by the French Army and 14 international customers.

VAB Specifications

Crew: 2
Troops: 11
Wheel Drive: 6x6
Height: 2.10 meter (83 inch)
Main Gun Caliber: 25 millimeter
Width: 2.50 meter (98 inch)
Max Range: 1,000 kilometer (622 mile)
Power: 220 shp (164 kW)
Top Speed: 25 mps (90 kph)
Combat Weight: 14,800 kilogram (32,628 pound)
Empty Weight: 10,500 kilogram (23,148 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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VAB News

There are 5 news between
2 May 2008 and 30 Nov 2017
Thursday, November 30, 2017French Army Takes Deliveries of First MMP Anti-Tank Missile Systems
Monday, July 17, 2017French Army Showcases New VBMR Armored Vehicle
Friday, December 5, 2014French Army Awards Contract for 1,970 Scorpion Armored Vehicles
Wednesday, November 4, 2009EADS Delivers the First Five SIR Command Systems for the French Army's VBCI to the French Defence Procurement Agency
Friday, May 2, 2008French VAB 4x4 to Receive Protector Weapon Control System

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