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VBL

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The French armored reconnaissance vehicle VBL

 

VBL 001 France

VBL 12.7 and VBL Eclairage. Photo: Strategic Bureau

 

     The VBL, Véhicle Blindé Léger, is a French wheeled 4×4 armored reconnaissance vehicle. It was developed in the 80’s by Panhard, today RTD. The VBL entered service in 1990.





Armament

Machine gun : 7.62 mm
or
Machine gun : 12.7 mm
or
Antitank missile : Milan or TOW


Specifications

Crew : 3 to 4
Powertrain : XD3T Peugeot diesel, 95 hp
Speed : 95 km/h
Water speed : 5.4 km/h
Weight : 3.8 t


Dimensions

Length : 3.92 m (4.00 m for VB2L)
Width : 2.02 m
Height : 1.70 m

 

 

VBL B005

VBL 12.7 mm. Photo : Strategic Bureau

 

VBL B001

VBL 12.7 mm. Photo : Strategic Bureau

 

VBL 003 French MoD

VBL and AMX-10RC. Photo: French MoD

 

VBL B004

VBL Mistral. Photo : Strategic Bureau

 

VBL 004 French MoD

VB2L from 1st REC. Photo: French MoD

 

VBL 005 Helicoptering CH-53

VBL Helicoptering. Photo: French MoD

 

VBL 006 French MoD

VBL. Photo: French MoD

 

VBL B003

VBL Milan. Photo : Strategic Bureau

 

VBL demonstrator_01

VBL demonstrator. Photo : Panhard

 

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