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Scania CaRaPACE

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Scania CaRaPACE

The Scania CaRaPACE is the largest refueling vehicle in service with the French armed forces

 
 
Entered service 2013
Configuration 8x6
Cab seating 1 + 1 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (empty) ~ 17 t
Payload capacity ~ 22 t
Length ?
Width ?
Height ?
Mobility
Engine Scania diesel
Engine power 440 hp
Maximum road speed ~ 90 km/h
Range ~ 900 km
Maneuverability
Gradient ~ 20%
Side slope ?
Vertical step ?
Trench ?
Fording 0.5 ~ 1 m

 

   The CaRaPACE (Camion Ravitalleur Petrolier de l'Avant a Capacite Etenoue) is a frontline fuel tanker. It was developed by Scania for the French armed forces. It is based on the Scania R440 heavy-duty truck. Development commenced in 2010. This vehicle is intended for overseas deployments. It can tow large amounts of fuel to the frontline for aircraft and vehicle refueling. It entered service in 2013 and was first publicly revealed during the same year. At least 34 vehicles were ordered. This new refueler replaces the current Renault CBH 385 tankers.

   It is worth noting that during the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan fuel supply vehicles were vulnerable to insurgent attacks. So experience of such vehicles was taken into account developing the CaRaPACE. The new refueled has an armored cabin and is armed for self-protection.

   The CaRaPACE tractor truck operates in conjunction with a special 22 000 liter capacity semi-trailer. It is the largest refueling vehicle in service with the French armed forces. The current Renault CBH tanker, that is being retired, in conjunction with a trailer can carry up to 18 000 liters of fuel.

   The tractor truck accommodates driver and co-driver. There is also a crew cab just behind the main cab. As far as this vehicle is intended to operate in hostile areas, both of its cabs are armored. They provides protection against 7.62x39-mm armor-piercing rounds and artillery shell splinters. Also cabs are protected against landmines and IED blasts. The cabs withstand explosions equivalent to 6 kg of TNT anywhere under the hull. Vehicle can be equipped with jammer, that prevents detonation of remotely-controlled explosives. The cabs can be also fitted with a slat armor for protection against RPG rounds.

   There is a Kongsberg remotely controlled weapon station, armed with a 12.7-mm machine gun for self-protection.

   The CaRaPACE is powered by a Scania 12.7-liter turbocharged diesel engine, developing 440 hp. This engine meets EURO V emission requirements. Vehicle has an 8x6 configuration. It is fitted with a central tyre inflation system. The Scania CaRaPACE has good cross-country mobility and can cross difficult terrain.

 

 
Scania CaRaPACE

Scania CaRaPACE

Scania CaRaPACE

Scania CaRaPACE

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