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Panhard VBL

Armored scout car

Panhard VBL

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

 
 
Country of origin France
Entered service 1990
Crew 2 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 3.55 t
Length 3.87 m
Width 2 m
Height 1.7 m
Armament
Machine guns 1 x 7.62 mm (3 000 rounds)
Mobility
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
Maneuverability
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 M11. This vehicle was intended for French rapid reaction forces and for export customers. Eventually it proved to be a successful vehicle. More than 2 300 of these scout cars were built for home and export markets. Currently the VBL is in service with France and 15 other countries. This armored vehicle saw action during a number of military conflicts. Also it has been used during many peacekeeping operations.

   This armored vehicle can be used for a number of roles, including scouting, reconnaissance, raiding, screening, patrolling, escorting convoys and so on. The are a number of specialized versions of this armored vehicle.

   The VBL has a welded armored hull, which provides protection against small arms fire 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. Central tyre pressure system is fitted as standard. It has good cross-country mobility. After a short preparation the Panhard VBL is fully amphibious. On water it is propelled by a single propeller at hull rear. Vehicle can be airlifted by most medium military transports.

 

Variants

 

   VBL MILAN, anti-tank missile carrier with one MILAN launcher and six missiles;

   VBL ERYX, anti-tank missile carrier with one Eryx launcher and four missiles;

   VBL TOW, anti-tank missile carrier with one TOW launcher and 4 missile;

   VBL AT4CS, anti-tank vehicle, which carries the AT4CS anti-tank rocket launchers. These weapons are intended for very short ranges;

   VBL ALBI-MISTRAL, air defense vehicle, with twin turret-mounted Mistral surface-to-air missiles;

   VBL CANON, fitted with a 20 mm turret-mounted cannon;

   VBL TOURELLE FERMEE, fitted with a remotely controlled turret, armed with a 12.7 mm / 7.62 mm machine guns or 40 mm automatic grenade launcher;

   VBL command vehicle;

   VBL RECO, reconnaissance vehicle, armed with a 12.7 mm machine gun;

   ULTRAV M11, NBC reconnaissance vehicle for the US Army;

   Panhard VBR, further development of the VBL with increased dimensions and payload.

 

 

Video of the Panhard VBL armored scout car

 

 

 
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