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;
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)
NIGHTVISION: Yes - Passive for Driver.
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.
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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.
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