IDEX 2017

Hard-hitting VAB [IDEX17D3]

21 February 2017

Renault Trucks Defense (RTD), part of Volvo Group Governmental Sales (VGGS), has brought its latest VAB Mk III (6x6) armoured personnel carrier (APC) fitted with a Belgian CMI Defence two-person turret armed with a 90mm gun and a 7.62mm co-axial machine gun (MG). This is being shown on the CP-305 stand associated with the French Pavilion in the outdoor area.

The company has built about 5,000 of the first generation VAB in 4x4 and 6x6 configurations for the French Army and many countries in the Middle East, and these are used for a wide range of battlefield missions.

The latest VAB Mk III is only being marketed in the 6x6 configuration and, when compared with the currently deployed VAB, has more volume, payload and a higher level of protection. Some versions also have amphibious capability.

The company is also showing the Dagger (4x4) light APC, which in addition to the commander and driver can carry eight dismounts. Large numbers of these Dagger APCs have been supplied to the French Army, as well as export customers, with some of them fitted with a roof-mounted remote weapon station (RWS), typically armed with a 5.56mm or 7.62mm MG.

The Sherpa XL (4x4) APC is being shown fitted with a roof-mounted assault ladder system, which can be used to gain access to buildings up to 8.5m in height.

VGGS, which is now up for sale by Volvo, includes a number of famous brands including Renault Trucks Defense, ACMAT Defense, Panhard Defense, Volvo Defense and Mack Defense.

The last-named company has developed a version of the VAB Mk III called the Lakota, which has already been sold to at least one export customer in the region.

The Lakota being shown on Stand 03-A30 in the US Pavilion features a Caterpillar diesel developing 370hp coupled to an Allison 3500 automatic transmission.

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