New combat vehicles and trucks unveiled during rehearsal of French Bastille Day Military Parade 11207163

Defence & Security Industry News - France
 
New combat vehicles and trucks unveiled during rehearsal of French Bastille Day Military Parade.
During the rehearsal for the military parade of French Bastille Day 2016, Monday, July 11, 2016, the French army has unveiled new combat vehicles and trucks which are now in service. This year the motorized troops are under the command of Lieutenant-General Philippe Lesimple who is the commander of the new 1st division created in July 1, 2016.
     
During the rehearsal for the military parade of French Bastille Day 2016, Monday, July 11, 2016, the French army has unveiled new combat vehicles and trucks which are now in service. This year the motorized troops are under the command of Lieutenant-General Philippe Lesimple who is the commander of the new 1st division created in July 1, 2016. PPLOG (Porteur Polyvalent LOGistique - Multirole Carrier Logistics Vehicle) of French army at rehearsal for Bastille Day Military parade, Monday, July 11, 2016.
     
The maintenance troops of the French Army are now equipped with IVECO trucks PPLOG (Porteur Polyvalent LOGistique - Multirole Carrier Logistics Vehicle) and PPLD (Porteur Polyvalent Lourd de Dépannage- Mutirole truck recovery vehicle).

The PPLOG is an Iveco Defence Vehicle based on the M320.45 truck chassis. The logistic vehicle features an independent hook-lift body for loadhandling operations mounted at the rear of teh crew cabin, with a payload up to 19 tonnes.

The PPLOG is fitted with an armoured crew cabin which provides protection against firing of small arms and shell splinters.
     
An open-top ring mount weapon station is mounted on the top of the crew cabin which is armed with the new MAG 58, 7.62 mm machine gun designed and manufactured by the Belgian firearms manufacturer FN Herstal. The PPLOG is fitted with a ring mount weapon station armed with FN Mag 58 7.62mm machine gun.
     
An open-top ring mount weapon station is mounted on the top of the crew cabin which is armed with the new MAG 58, 7.62 mm machine gun designed and manufactured by the Belgian firearms manufacturer FN Herstal.

French army has ordered a total of 400 PPLOG in 2014 and another batch of 450 vehicles, configured as unprotected PPLOG, were ordered at the end of 2015.
     
The PPLD is also based on the IVECO M320.45 8x8 truck chassis but the rear of the vehicle is fitted with a 18,000 kg capacity crane and is also capable of towing vehicle as the VBCI, 8x8 armoured infantry fighting vehicle. The crane can be operated from remote control or from the top operators cabin. PPLD (Porteur Polyvalent Lourd de Dépannage- Mutirole truck recovery vehicle) of French army at rehearsal for Bastille Day Military parade, Monday, July 11, 2016.
     
The PPLD is also based on the IVECO M320.45 8x8 truck chassis but the rear of the vehicle is fitted with a 18,000 kg capacity crane and is also capable of towing vehicle as the VBCI, 8x8 armoured infantry fighting vehicle. The crane can be operated from remote control or from the top operators cabin.
 
 

As the PPLOG , the PPLD is fitted with an armored cab to protect the crew against firing of small arms and shell splinters. The vehicle is also fitted with a mine blast protection. The top of the crew cabin is fitted with an open-top ring mount weapon station with armour plates on 360° armed with one MAG 58, 7.62 mm machine gun.

A total of 50 PPLD have been ordered by the French Army.
     
The top of the crew cabin is fitted with an open-top ring mount weapon station with armour plates on 360° armed with one MAG 58, 7.62 mm machine gun. Front view of the (Porteur Polyvalent Lourd de Dépannage- Mutirole truck recovery vehicle) of French Army at rehearsal for Bastille Day Military parade, Monday, July 11, 2016.
     
Both vehicles share the same chassis with 4 axle 8 wheel drive (8x8), ensuring on and off road mobility in all climatic conditions (for example on snow covered mountain roads).
 
 

The PPLD and PPLOG cabs offer a high level of crew comfort and are designed to accommodate a variety of modern military communication and command systems.

The body, chassis equipment, demountable rack offloading and pick up system (DROPS), logistic trailers and special ADR EX II containers are manufactured and assembled in France by Soframe, part of the Alsatian Lohr Group.
     
A new variant of the VAB was displayed for the first time at the military parade for French Bastille Day 2016 under the name of VAB ELI (élément léger d'intervention - light recovery vehicle). VAB ELI (élément léger d'intervention - light recovery vehicle) of French Army at rehearsal for Bastille Day Military parade, Monday, July 11, 2016.
     
A new variant of the VAB was displayed for the first time at the military parade for French Bastille Day 2016 under the name of VAB ELI (élément léger d'intervention - light recovery vehicle).

The VAB ELI is based on the standard VAB APC, but all the seats inside the vehicle have been removed and replaced by tools and maintenance cabinet.
 
Another main feature for this vehicle, is the replacement of the water-jets by storage lockers at the rear of the chassis. The roof of the VAB ELI is fitted with a spare wheel and an crane.
     
French soldier from the 2nd RH (2e régiment de hussard), a reconnaissance unit of the French Army display the new Polaris quad Sportsman 700. Polaris quad Sportsman 700 from the 2nd RH (2e régiment de hussard) at rehearsal for Bastille Day Military parade, Monday, July 11, 2016.
     
French soldier from the 2nd RH (2e régiment de hussard), a reconnaissance unit of the French Army display the new Polaris quad Sportsman 700.
 
 

The Polaris quad provides individual, all-terrain mobility to deployed Reconnaissance and Special Operations troops in all-terrain area to perform a wide range of missions. The quad vehicle is extremely flexible and internally transportable within rotary wing assets, and they allow fully combat-equipped soldiers to move around the battlefield rapidly in terrain not easily navigated by larger, heavier vehicles.

The driver of the Polaris quad is not armed with the standard assault rifle FAMAS of the French Army but with the HQ 416 mostly used by the French Special Forces units. The Heckler & Koch HK416 is an assault rifle designed and manufactured by German firearms manufacturer Heckler & Koch in the 1990s.

The HK 416 is a 5.56mm caliber gas-operated assault rifle. The weapon is fitted with a folding stock and uses 30-round magazines. It is compatible with standard NATO 5.56 mm magazines.
     
 
 

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