DGA Awards Qualification to French Army's VBCI Armored Vehicle

Released on Friday, May 30, 2008
Airbus A400M Atlas
DGA - Délégation Générale pour l'Armement
IED - Improvised Explosive Device
NBC - Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical
RPG - Rocket Propelled Grenade
The DGA signed on May 30, 2008 the qualification of VBCI. Since September 2003, the timing of this program included the receipt of the first 20 vehicles in July 2008. Three of them have already been delivered at the end of May 2008 and three others will be delivered at the end of June to start training. The fourteen will be approved at the end of July 2008 for delivery to the Army scheduled for early September.

The DGA has already ordered 182 VBCI to Nexter. The program is now fully entered into production phase. The assembly line will produce, beginning in 2009, one hundred vehicles per year.

The VBCI is a mature product that meets the operational needs of current projection, protection and adaptation. Armored all-terrain 8-wheel drive, known as the successor to the AMX 10 P, it will provide the armed forces performance strongly increased.

In its version VCI (combat infantry board or ashore), eleven soldiers can take place on board. The result of a compromise between payload and fire power, this vehicle is equipped with a 25 mm cannon and a machine gun of 7.62 mm. Around 25 tons in running order, the VBCI can reach a top speed of 100 km / h and air is on the future A400M transport aircraft.

True 'base life "for the infantryman, VBCI offers a high level of protection that a roofing system NBC. It is equipped with a shield resistant to the firing of medium size, the shrapnel and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). It also offers high protection against mines and has infrared lures. The device will soon be reinforced by an active protection against rockets (such as RPG), shaped charges and anti-tank missiles.

Existing version command post (VPC) or in combat infantry (VCI), the architecture of VBCI offers a great capacity for development of the platform, both in terms of amenities, protection or motorization.

The realization of VBCI is provided by a consortium of companies formed by the companies Nexter Systems and Renault Trucks Defense.

Source: VBCI Achieves Qualification

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