Combat-proven [ID18D3]

09 November 2018

In addition to promoting its artillery systems, such as the CAESAR 155mm/52 calibre system in service with the Indonesian Army, Nexter (Hall A, Stand A035) is promoting its combat-proven VBCI (8x8) in the region.

The French Army has already taken delivery of 630 VBCIs, of which 520 are in the infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) configuration and 110 in the command post (CP) configuration. These have replaced the tracked AMX-10P IFV as the French Army has moved away from tracked vehicles to a mainly wheeled armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) fleet because these have greater strategic mobility and do not require heavy equipment transporters.

French Army VBCI IFV versions are fitted with a Nexter one-person turret armed with a 25mm dual-feed cannon and a 7.62mm co-axial machine gun (MG), which can also be laid onto the target by the commander using a stabilised panoramic sighting system. The CP version has a remote-controlled weapon station (RCWS) armed with a .50 MG.

Other weapon stations that can be fitted to the VBCI include its own T40 turret, which is armed with the 40mm Case Telescoped Armament System (CTAS), now in production for France and the UK, and a 7.62mm co-axial MG. If required, anti-tank guided weapons (ATGWs) can also be integrated into the T40 turret to enable tanks and other targets to be engaged beyond the range of the 40mm CTAS.

For the export market, additional VBCI variants have been proposed by Nexter, including a model with a higher roof line with greater internal volume for more specialised missions such as ambulance or command post vehicle.

The production line in Roanne will reopen following the selection of the VBCI by Qatar; 490 vehicles are to be delivered in various configurations. The IFV is to have the Kongsberg Medium Calibre Turret (MCT) armed with a 30mm cannon and a 7.62 mm co-axial MG.

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