The Minister for Defence selects the lightweight armoured vehicle (VBL)

The Minister for Defence selects the lightweight armoured vehicle (VBL)

Launched in 1978, the invitation to tender from EMAT (Land Army authority) led Panhard General Defense to propose a lightweight armoured vehicle which was selected in 1985.

The VBL is a wheeled, amphibious, armoured vehicle with great mobility, and was designed for reconnaissance and infiltration missions. Its design followed the rule of three: 3 tonnes, 3 metres long, 3 crew, space divided into 3 (2/3 for the cab and 1/3 for the engine), 3 doors and 3 hatches on the roof.


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The self-supporting body is made of very high density steel of between 5 and 11 mm thick, and the armoured windows offer the same protection as the steel. The XD-3T Peugeot Diesel turbocharged engine delivers 95 HP and has a top speed of 95 km/h. Available in several versions, 1600 examples were ordered by France and it has enjoyed considerable export success (African countries and Mexico)

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION…

Book : Yves Debay, VBL Panhard, Histoire et collections (Histoire and collections), 2004.

Video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJWsfflIbtQ