New VAB looks for export sales [IDX15D1]
CHRISTOPHER F FOSS
22 February 2015
Renault Trucks Defense (French Pavilion, CP-300) has developed a new version of its well-known Véhicule de l’Avant Blindé (VAB).
The latest Mk III has been developed by the company specifically for the export market as a follow-on to the original VAB. More than 5,000 VABs were built for the home and export markets, with customers in the region including Lebanon, Morocco, Oman and the United Arab Emirates.
The VAB Mk III is a new design, and not only has more volume and payload but also has a higher level of ballistic protection, while being able to mount a wider range of weapon stations. While the original VAB was available in both 4x4 and 6x6 configurations, the Mk III is only available as a 6x6.
When being used as an armoured personnel carrier (APC), the VAB Mk III has a crew of two and carries seven dismounts, who are provided with special blast-attenuating seats.
The APC has a typical gross vehicle weight of 20 tonnes.
Development of the VAB Mk III is complete and the company has already built a pre-production batch of five vehicles powered by a 350hp diesel coupled to an automatic transmission. The all-welded steel hull is fitted with appliqué armour and provides ballistic protection to STANAG 4569 Level 4, as well as blast and improvised explosive device (IED) protection.
Under contract to the French Defence Procurement Agency, Renault Trucks Defense has just delivered the Elector hybrid electric drive (HED) demonstrator, which is now being put through a series of exhaustive trials.
Renault Trucks Defense is part of the Volvo Group Governmental Sales (VGGS), with other famous brand names including ACMAT Defense, Panhard Defense and Volvo Defense, the last of which is based in the USA.