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VAB

The French wheeled Armoured Personnel Carrier VAB

 

VAB Fr_MoD_01

VAB. Photo Credit : French Army

 

     The VAB is a French wheeled Armored Personnel Carrier. It was developed in the early 70s by Saviem and Renault. The VAB entered service in 1976.

     The VAB is seen mainly in French army units. There are 4×4 and 6×6 versions. The motor is behind the cockpit. There are two doors at the back. The VAB is constantly been upgraded. In 2008 the VAB TOP was equipped with the remote-controlled turret Protector RWS M-151.

     The VAB chassis was used to develop a wide range of armoured vehicles including the VAB RASIT ground radar, the VAB T-20/13 with a 20mm gun, the VAB Mephisto using HOT anti-tank missiles, the VAB Command Post, The Engineering VAB, the VAB armored ambulance, the VAB NRBC.

     The VAB is widely exported around the world.

 

 

Armament

Machine gun : 12.7 mm


Specifications

Crew : 2 + 10
Powertrain : V6 diesel, 220 hp
Speed : 92 km/h
Weight : 13 à 15 t


Dimensions

Length : 6.05 m
Width : 2.49 m
Height : 2.06 m

 

 

 

 

VAB SBI-DS_02

VAB Medical. Photo Credit : Strategic Bureau

 

VAB SBI-DS_03

VAB. Photo Credit : Strategic Bureau

 

VAB SBI-DS_04

VAB. Photo Credit : Strategic Bureau

 

VAB ph_USArmy_02

VAB. Photo: US Army

 

VAB Fr_MoD_02

VAB. Photo Credit : French Army

 

VAB Fr_MoD_Espad

VAB TOP. Photo Credit : French Army / ECPAD

 

VAB-HOT-missile-france-006

VAB HOT missile. Photo Credit : Strategic Bureau

 

 

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