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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1990
Total Production: 2,300
Also Known As: VB2L and Véhicule Blindé Léger
Origin: France
Corporations: Panhard & Auverland
Parent System: VBL
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1990
Total Production: 2,300
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Description: VBL (Véhicule Blindé Léger or Light Armored Vehicle) is a 4x4 tactical lightweight armored vehicle featuring high mobility, amphibious chassis and NBC protection. Powered by a 95-hp Peugeot turbo diesel engine the vehicle achieves a top speed of 95 kph on road and a maximum range of 600 km to 800 km. It is suitable for reconnaissance, infiltration and liaison vehicle roles. High mobility and STANAG level 1 light armor protection against ballistic threats are key elements of VBL design. VB2L is an improved version of VBL ordered by the French Army. Several variants have been developed based on the VBL vehicle's chassis.

Following mission specific requirements VBL may be equipped with a 7.62mm roof-mounted machine gun; a Milan, TOW or Mistral missile launcher as well as other weapon systems and sensors furnished by the customer. Equipped with Milan VBL carries as many as six missiles. The VBL was developed in the late 1980s to meet the French Army requirements. So far, Panhard & Auverland have produced more than 2,300 VBLs for more than 16 international customers including the French Army which operates over 1,600 VBLs.

VBL Specifications

Crew: 4
Wheel Drive: 4x4
Ground Clearance: 370 millimeter (14.6 inch)
Height: 1.70 meter (67 inch)
Length: 4.09 meter (161 inch)
Width: 2.02 meter (80 inch)
Max Range: 600 kilometer (373 mile)
Power: 95 hp (71 kW)
Cruise Speed: 70 kph (43 mph)
Top Speed: 95 kph (59 mph)
Fuel Tank Capacity: 100 liter (26.3 galon)
Empty Weight: 3,100 kilogram (6,834 pound)
Max Weight: 4,000 kilogram (8,818 pound)
Payload: 900 kilogram (1,984 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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VBL News

There are 2 news between
8 Oct 2007 and 20 Feb 2011
Sunday, February 20, 2011France Orders 100 Wasp Remote-Controlled Turrets for PVP and VBL Armored Vehicles
Monday, October 8, 2007SIT-V1 Qualified for Use by French Armed Forces

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