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VBC-90

Tank destroyer

VBC-90 tank destroyer

A small number of VBC-90 tank destroyers is in service with the French Gendarmerie

 
 
Entered service 1983
Crew 3 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 13.5 t
Length (gun forward) 8.09 m
Hull length 5.63 m
Width 2.5 m
Height 2.55 m
Armament
Main gun 90-mm
Machine guns 1 x 7.62 mm
Elevation range - 8 to + 15 degrees
Traverse range 360 degrees
Ammunition load
Main gun 45 rounds
Machine guns 2 000 rounds
Mobility
Engine Renault MIDS 06.20.45 diesel
Engine power 220 hp
Maximum road speed 92 km/h
Range 1 000 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 50%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 0.6 m
Trench 1 m
Fording 1.2 m

 

   The VBC-90 (Vehicule Blinde de Combat) tank destroyer was designed by Renault for the export customers. This vehicle uses many automotive components of the VAB armored personnel carrier. First prototype was completed in 1979. This vehicle had no export success, however the French Gendarmerie took delivery of 28 VBC-90s in 1983.

   The VBC-90 is fitted with a 90-mm high velocity rifled gun. It is worth mentioning that the same GIAT TS-90 turret is installed on the Panhard ERC-90 F4 Sagaie tank destroyer. Anti-armor rounds of the VBC-90 penetrate 250 mm of armor at 1 000 m range.

   The VBC-90 was also proposed with a a more powerful Cockerill 90-mm gun.

   Secondary armament consists of single 7.62-mm coaxial machine gun. Another 7.62-mm anti-aircraft MG was optional.

   Vehicle is powered by the Renault MIDS 06.20.45 turbocharged diesel engine, developing 220 horsepower. It has a full-time all-wheel drive. Four front wheels are steered. The VBC-90 is not amphibious.

   There were many variants of the Renault VBC-90, but apart from the standard production model none of these ever went into production.

 

Video of the VBC-90 tank destroyer

 
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VBC-90 tank destroyer

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