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Panhard VBR

Armored personnel carrier

Panhard VBR APC

The Panhard VBR armored vehicle can undertake a wide range of missions

Entered service -
Crew 2 men
Personnel 2 - 7 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (empty 7.6 t
Weight (in combat order) 11.5 t
Length 5.45 m
Width 2.5 m
Height 1.99 m
Machine guns 1 x 12.7-mm
Engine MTU 4R106 diesel
Engine power 325 hp
Maximum road speed 110 km/h
Range over 1 000 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.5 m
Trench ~ 0.5 m
Fording 1 m


   The Panhard VBR (Vehicule Blinde a Roues) multipurpose armored vehicles was developed as a private venture following the success of the Panhard VBL armored scout car. The VBR has similar layout to the VBL, but with increased dimensions and payload. Vehicle can undertake a wide range of battlefield missions. The first prototype was revealed in 2002. Currently the Panhard VBR received no production orders. It is possible that this vehicle will enter service with the French Army in the near future.

   The first prototype of the VBR was fitted with a remotely controlled weapon station, armed with a 12.7-mm machine gun. The Panhard VBR can be fitted with various weapons, such as 40-mm automatic grenade launcher, cannon, or anti-tank missiles.

   Armor of the VBR provides protection from small arms fire and artillery shell splinters. Add-on composite armor provides protection against 14.5-mm armor-piercing projectiles. The Panhard VBR has a V-shaped floor to provide increased protection against mines. Vehicle is also fitted with anti-mine layer, as well as NBC protection and fire suppression systems.

   The Panhard VBR has a crew of two and provides accommodation for 2 to 7 troops, depending on the mission variant. Vehicle has a payload of 2 - 2.5 t.

   To reduce price and life-cycle costs, the Panhard VBR uses many commercially available components, including diesel engine and transmission. Vehicle is powered by the MTU 4R106 diesel engine, developing 325 hp. The Panhard VBR is fitted with run-flat tyres and central tyre inflation system. Vehicle is not amphibious, however it's amphibious propulsion system is under development.


Panhard VBR

Panhard VBR

Panhard VBR

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