пятница, 2 августа 2013 г.

The Popular All-Rounder

PANHARD, a French company manufacturing light tactical and combat vehicles, is one of the exhibitors at Russia Arms EXPO 2013 (RAE 2013), the IX International Exhibition of Arms, Military Equipment, and Ammunition. It is bringing to Nizhniy Tagil its popular VBL (Véhicule Blindé Léger – Light Armoured Vehicle) versatile light armored vehicle, currently used by France (1,600 units) and 16 other countries. The VBL has been exported to Abu-Dhabi, Gabon, Greece, Djibouti, Indonesia, Cameroon, Qatar, Kuwait, Mexico, Nigaeria, Oman, Portugal, and other countries.


The VBL has been used in many peacekeeping operations. It was first used in Yugoslavia, where it earned an excellent reputation as a multi-purpose high-mobility armored vehicle. These days, PANHARD offers about 30 variants of the VBL, with a total of over 2,400 units sold so far.
Riding on an independent suspension and powered by a 129-horsepower turbodiesel engine, the vehicle is capable of 110 kmh. The VBL can be armed with machine guns, ATGWs, or an anti-aircraft missile complex. The vehicle has a payload of 1.1 tons, crew and weapons included.
A distinguishing feature of the VBL is its monocoque body with up to three seats. This body type makes the vehicle amphibious, and there is an optional propeller driven by the main engine to increase the floating speed to 5.4 km/h. The car has 2.7 cubic meters of internal volume, protected according to STANAG 4569 from bullets, shrapnel, and anti-personnel mines. Besides, the VBL can be fitted with optional radiation, chemical, and biological protection kits, passive night vision systems, an air conditioner, a central tire inflation system, and run-flat tires.
French company PANHARD, part of RENAULT TRUCKS Defense from October 2012, specializes in the design and manufacturing of light tactical and combat transport vehicles weighing up to 5.5 tons, including air-droppable models.
RENAULT TRUCKS Defense, a holding company with ACMAT Defense and PANHARD Defense, is one of the leaders in the manufacturing of a wide range of tactical vehicles, wheeled armored vehicles, and armor vehicle drivetrains. RENAULT TRUCKS Defense is part of the Volvo Group multi-brand holding and a legacy supplier of the French Armed Forces. With offices in over 110 countries on five continents, RENAULT TRUCKS Defense guarantees full-cycle service for its customers including sales, servicing, and spare part supplies. 

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