Renault Trucks Defense launches the new VAB armoured personnel carrier Mk3 at Eurosatory 2012 130612

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Eurosatory 2012
International Land Defence & Security Exhibition
Paris
, France
11 - 15 June 2012
 
Renault Trucks Defense VAB Mk3 at Eurosatory 2012
 
 
Wednesday, June 13, 2012, 10:35 AM
 
Renault Trucks Defense launches the new VAB armoured personnel carrier Mk3 at Eurosatory 2012.
Renault Trucks Defense is launching the VAB Mk3 6x6 medium armored vehicle during Eurosatory 2012. The VAB Mk3 was designed with 30 years of experience with the famous VAB family but is a brand new vehicle. It retains the proven generic architecture of the VAB while being a bit longer and higher to augment the internal volume for the crew. It also retains the 2.55 meters width of the VAB for excellent urban and strategic mobility.
     
Renault Trucks Defense is launching the VAB Mk3 6x6 medium armored vehicle during Eurosatory 2012. The VAB Mk3 was designed with 30 years of experience with the famous VAB family but is a brand new vehicle. It retains the proven generic architecture of the VAB while being a bit longer and higher to augment the internal volume for the crew. It also retains the 2.55 meters width of the VAB for excellent urban and strategic mobility.Renault Trucks Defense VAB Mk3 with AE Systems TRT-25 remotely operated turret at
Eurosatory 2012.
     

At 20 tonnes of GVW, the VAB Mk3 offers sufficient payload to accommodate various mission and weapon systems. It is also designed with a high level of survivability for the crew: ballistic protection up to NATO level 4 (Stanag 4569) and mine / IED protection up to a MRAP level.

Renault Trucks Defense has envisioned several variants thanks to the modular VAB Mk3 platform: armored personnel carrier, infantry combat vehicle, ambulance, ISTAR (intelligence, surveillance and targeting), 120 mm mortar carrier, command post… An open and evolutive electronic architecture developed by Renault Trucks Defense is also fitted to reinforce the modularity and scalability of the vehicle while enhancing combat efficiency of the complete system.

The VAB Mk3 is powered by a 320 or 340 hp Renault engine (with a 400 hp engine as a later option). It is fitted with independent suspensions, all-wheel drive (6x6), an automatic gearbox and a central tire inflation system (CTIS) for all-terrain mobility. The vehicle can cross a 0.5 meters vertical obstacle or a 0.9 m trench. It has a max speed of 105 km/h. The VAB Mk3 is also fully amphibious and airtransportable by C-130 in some configurations.

     
Renault Trucks Defense is launching the VAB Mk3 6x6 medium armored vehicle during Eurosatory 2012. The VAB Mk3 was designed with 30 years of experience with the famous VAB family but is a brand new vehicle. It retains the proven generic architecture of the VAB while being a bit longer and higher to augment the internal volume for the crew. It also retains the 2.55 meters width of the VAB for excellent urban and strategic mobility.
     
The VAB Mk3 vehicle is promoted as an ideal candidate to replace previous generation multirole vehicles like the French VAB, the American M113 or the Russian BTR. It offers a very high level of protection - up to MRAP levels - but with a far better off-road mobility and a complete multirole capability. The VAB Mk3 is moreover much more affordable than current 8x8 armored vehicles while offering up to 80% of their capabilities…

The VAB Mk3 prototype shown at Eurosatory is equipped with a BAE Systems TRT-25 remotely operated turret. With the TRT-25 or other medium caliber turrets (one man or remotely operated), the VAB Mk3 is able to carry 3 crew members plus 7 infantrymen and becomes a real light infantry combat vehicle.
 

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