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Renault VAB (Vehicule de l Avant Blinde)

4x4 Armored Personnel Carrier (APC)

Renault VAB (Vehicule de l Avant Blinde)

4x4 Armored Personnel Carrier (APC)


The versatile French-made VAB armored vehicle can be fitted with various armament options to suit the required battlefield role.
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ORIGIN: France
YEAR: 1976
MANUFACTURER(S): Renault Trucks Defense, Limoges - France
OPERATORS: Brunei; Central African Republic; Cyprus; France; Indonesia; Italy; Ivory Coast; Kuwait; Lebanon; Mauritius; Mexico; Morocco; Oman; Qatar; United Arab Emirates;

Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Renault VAB (Vehicule de l Avant Blinde) model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
LENGTH: 19.62 feet (5.98 meters)
WIDTH: 8.17 feet (2.49 meters)
HEIGHT: 6.76 feet (2.06 meters)
WEIGHT: 14 Tons (13,000 kilograms; 28,660 pounds)
ENGINE: 1 x Renault MIDS 06-20-45 6-cylinder in-line water-cooled turbocharged diesel engine developing 220 horsepower at 2,200rpm.
SPEED: 57 miles-per-hour (92 kilometers-per-hour)
RANGE: 621 miles (1,000 kilometers)


1 x 12.7mm heavy machine gun

300 x 12.7mm ammunition
NIGHTVISION: Yes - Passive for Driver.

Series Model Variants
• VAB - 4x4 chassis
• VAB IFV - Infantry Fighting Vehicle
• VAB Echelon - Battlefield Repair Vehicle
• VAB VCAC - Features HOT anti-tank missile system
• VAB PC - Commander's Vehicle
• VAB Transmission - Communications Vehicle
• VAB - Battlefield Engineering Vehicle
• VAB Bromure - Electronic Warfare Vehicle
• VAB Saitaire - Battlefield Ambulance
• VAB VMO - Specialized Security Variant
• VAB VTM 120 - Mortar Carrier (120mm)
• VAB VPM 81 - Mortar Carrier (81mm)
• VAB AA - Anti-Aircraft Defense Variant featuring twin-20mm cannons.
• VAB NBC - Nuclear, Biological and Chemical protection vehicle.
• VAB TOW - TOW anti-tank variant
• VAB MBDA - Anti-Aircraft Vehicle featuring Mistral surface-to-air missiles.
• VBC-90 - 6x6 Armored Scout Car


Detailing the development and operational history of the Renault VAB (Vehicule de l Avant Blinde) 4x4 Armored Personnel Carrier (APC).  Entry last updated on 7/29/2017. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©
The French-produced VAB is a multi-faceted highly-adaptable armored personnel carrier and scout car. The chassis is used in a variety of variants for ease of cost and production. The chassis system comes in 4x4 and 6x6-wheeled flavors, is fully amphibious and can mount a variety of weapon systems along with different turret mounts.

The Mistral air-defense variant (pictured above)features four Mistral air-to-air missiles. other variants include a formidable and anti-tank version as well. Other air defense variants include the twin-mounted 20mm cannon system developed for Oman. Full NBC protection and night vision is afforded the crew, which consists of 2 crew members with spacing for an additional 10 combat-ready infantrymen.

Renault and Panhard of France both produce the VAB. The designation of VAB stands for "Vehicule de I'Avant Blinde" which translates into Forward Area Armored Vehicle. Modernization programs have kept the French VAB in step with battlefield advances.