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    IDEX 2015

    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.

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    IDEX 2015

    Aravis for Gabon’s UN commitment [IDX15D1]


    CHRISTOPHER F FOSS

    22 February 2015



    Nexter Systems will deliver 12 Aravis (4x4) highly protected vehicles to the Gabonese Republic by June 2015, under the terms of a contract awarded to the company in October 2014. They will be part of a battalion deployed by the Multi-dimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), operating under a United Nations mandate.

    Currently being built at the Nexter Systems facility in Roanne, France, these Aravis vehicles will be fitted with the Nexter System ARX20 remote-controlled turret (RCT) armed with a 20mm M621 cannon.

    For a higher level of protection against the widely deployed RPG-7 rocket-propelled grenade, they will be fitted with the PG-Guard protection system. They will also carry the Nexter Robotics Nerva unmanned ground vehicle for use in the reconnaissance role.

    According to Nexter Systems, the baseline Aravis has the highest level of protection in its class against a wide range of battlefield threats, including small arms fire, mines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

    Aravis has a high level of cross-country mobility because it is based on the Mercedes-Benz UNIMOG U-5000 (4x4) chassis.

    Nexter’s first customer for the Aravis was the French Army, which from 2009 took delivery of 15 units, of which 11 were deployed to Afghanistan for use with French Army engineers using the MBDA SOUVIM 2 route-clearance system. The remaining four Aravis vehicles were retained in France for training purposes. France has now ceased combat operations in Afghanistan.

    French Army Aravis vehicles are fitted with a Kongsberg remote weapon station (RWS) armed with a .50 M2 HB machine gun (MG), Thales PR4G communications equipment, an Exavision camera system to provide situational awareness through a full 360° and electronic devices to counter IEDs.

    Although Nexter Systems has never confirmed the contract, it is also supplying Saudi Arabia with 200 Aravis vehicles in three batches, the first for 73 units – deliveries are underway. Some of them are fitted with the Nexter Systems ARX20 RCT.

    In addition to the troop-carrying version, some specialised vehicles are being supplied to Saudi Arabia.

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    Posted for the Hell of it...............

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    It's hideous. Remove the picture forthwith.
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    I know its hideous! How many have we bought.............???

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    Can't find much of anything online.
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    Its a State secret, didn't you know?

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    Variants of the 6x6 are 6x6 single-cab carryall, 6x6 single-cab ambulance, 6x6 dual-cab Canine, 6x6 dual-cab Command Post Mobile, and a 6x6 single-cab Surveillance and Reconnaissance vehicle.

    Approx. 700 6x6's are supposed to be in the programme....................

    This is from News articles...........the one in the pic above is a Mercedes Long-Range Patrol variant, not ours, but a Dual Cab base..............

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    So long as they never come under enemy fire, I'm sure they'll do a fantastic job...
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  10. #1010

    The roll cage on what I presume is the Recon version looks like it was designed to protect the vehicle when dropped from 10,000 feet.............upside down!!!!

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