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Panhard VBL

Armored scout car

Panhard VBL

The Panhard VBL armored scout car is in service with 16 countries

Entered service 1990
Crew 2 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 3.55 t
Length 3.87 m
Width 2 m
Height 1.7 m
Machine guns 1 x 7.62-mm (3 000 rounds)
Engine Peugeot XD3T diesel
Engine power 105 hp
Maximum road speed 95 km/h
Amphibious speed on water 4.5 km/h
Range 600 - 800 km
Gradient 50%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 0.5 m
Trench 0.5 m
Fording 0.9 m
Fording (with preparation) Amphibious


   The Panhard VBL (Vehicule Blinde Leger) armored scout car was developed in 1988. It is also referred as the M-11. This vehicle was intended for French rapid reaction forces and for export customers. Currently the VBL is in service with 16 countries. More than 2 300 of these scout cars were built for home and export markets. The VBL has been used in many peacekeeping operations.

   The VBL provides protection against small arms bullets and artillery shell splinters. NBC protection system is fitted as standard.

   Vehicle is armed with a roof mounted 7.62-mm or 12.7-mm machine gun. Panhard has proposed over 20 models of the VBL, fitted with various armament, however French army uses only some of them. Vehicles in the ATGW configuration have a crew of three.

   Vehicle is powered by the Peugeot XD3T turbocharged diesel engine, developing 105 horsepower. The Panhard VBL is fully amphibious after a short preparation. On water it is propelled by a single propeller at hull rear. Central tyre pressure system is fitted as standard. Vehicle can be airlifted by most medium military transports.




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Video of the Panhard VBL armored scout car


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