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VBCI VCI  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2008
Total Production: 520
Unitary Cost: USD$5.0 million
Origin: France
Corporations: NEXTER* and Renault Trucks Defense   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: VBCI
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2008
Total Production: 630
Total Cost: USD$3.8 billion
Family Members: 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 French Ministry of Defense has a requirement for 700 VBCIs at an estimated cost of €3 billion ($3.8 billion). Currently, The VBCIs are scheduled for delivery between 2008 and 2015.

The VBCI VCI (Infantry Fighting Vehicle) is intended to provide an armored transport and fire support for the French infantry. The original plan was that France required 550 VBCI in the VCI configuration but that number has been cut down to 520.

VBCI VCI Specifications

Crew: 2
Troops: 9
Wheel Drive: 8x8
Dimensions
Height: 2.20 meter (87 inch)
Length: 7.60 meter (299 inch)
Main Gun Caliber: 25 millimeter
Width: 2.98 meter (117 inch)
Performance
Max Range: 750 kilometer (466 mile)
Power
Power: 550 shp (410 kW)
Speed
Top Speed: 100 kph (62 mph)
Weight
Combat Weight: 26,000 kilogram (57,319 pound)
Empty Weight: 18,000 kilogram (39,683 pound)
Payload: 10,000 kilogram (22,046 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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VBCI VCI News

There are 9 news between
7 Jun 2007 and 2 Oct 2014
Thursday, October 2, 2014French Defense Procurement Agency Qualifies the 32 Tons VBCI Armored Vehicle
Monday, June 14, 2010Sagem Wins Major Equipment Order for 285 VBCI Infantry Combat Vehicles
Wednesday, November 4, 2009EADS Delivers the First Five SIR Command Systems for the French Army's VBCI to the French Defence Procurement Agency
Thursday, September 3, 2009The French DGA Orders 332 VBCI Armored Vehicles
Thursday, February 19, 2009800 SIT V1 BMS Ordered for the French Army
Friday, December 19, 2008The French Defense Procurement Agency Orders 116 VBCI Armored Vehicles
Friday, May 30, 2008DGA Awards Qualification to French Army's VBCI Armored Vehicle
Friday, October 19, 2007French Defense Procurement Agency Orders 117 VBCI Armored Vehicles
Thursday, June 7, 2007UK MoD Selects Designs for FRES Trials

Operators & Related Equipment


OperatorsItems
France520
As of early September 2009 520 VCI vehicles have been ordered
YearHoldings
Jul 2013500all models
Jun 2012400all models
Jun 2010200all models
Sep 2009100all models
Jul 200820

Grand Total 5201
Cannons & Gear
Dragarx1
Protection Systems
SIT-V1x1
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