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April 9, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Renault Trucks Defense; issued April 9, 2013)


Renault Trucks Defense at Sofins Special Forces Show


Improvements of SAS Patrol Vehicles


VERSAILLES --- Further to the Special Operations Command and the French Procurement joint collaboration, Panhard will soon deliver kits to enhance the operational capabilities of VPS (vehicle patrols SAS).


These kits include:

-- Milan support - they can carry a missile launcher and several missiles, but also fire from the vehicle

-- Ballistic shields to improve protection of the 12.7 mm gunner

-- Camouflage screens Lacroix (Galix 13) to allow the vehicle to evade the opponent's views.


As a reminder, 51 VPS have been ordered by the DGA and delivered to the SOC troops in 2008.


New Version of the ALTV Torpedo ACMAT


On the occasion of the SOFINS show, Renault Trucks Defense presents a version of the ALTV Torpedo ACMAT. It will be exhibited during the dynamic show.


This new version receives a higher ground clearance (from 0.3 to 0.35m) and a wider approach angle (from 25° to 40°) in order to improve the land mobility.


In parallel to these new performances, the ALTV keeps its essential characteristics that made its international success in 2012. More than 60 ALTV (Torpedo models) were indeed sold last year. The ALTV is, thanks to its robustness and its large payload (1.4t), adapted to the needs of the Special Forces.


With a 190hp, the vehicle can reach speeds of 170km/h while its 1,600 km autonomy allows it to operate in isolated areas without logistic support. It can carry 3 ( 4 in option) men.


The ALTV is capable of operating on slopes up to 80%, side-slopes up to 100% and cross a ford of 0.5m. Finally, it is also able to support mine and ballistic protection kits, and is fitted for a manned operated machinegun on the roof (7.62/12.7/LG40mm/M134).


“Battlenet Inside” at the Heart of Renault Trucks Defense Vehicles


To meet the requirements of armed forces for modularity, growth potential and cost control, Renault Trucks Defense launched at Eurosatory 2012 an innovative vetronic solution called “Battlenet Inside”. All systems are now presented embedded on the Sherpa Scout at Sofins 2013.


The range of operations that modern military vehicles have to conduct is giving rise to increasing complexity: a wide variety of missions, multiple threats, interoperability with other armed forces, tactical situations that are often highly complex, and so on. Renault Trucks Defense intends to meet these new operational requirements by optimising the integration of more and more items of equipment into its combat vehicles, Sherpa Scout included. It is ideally suited for tactical missions such as scouting, patrol, convoy escort, command and liaison and is able to transport up to 4 or 5 soldiers. Connected on the vetronic network Battlefield, the Scout becomes a complete mission system whose operational effectiveness can be optimized and adapted for each type of operation.


The different elements on this Sherpa Scout are:

-- a light turret WASP that is remotely-controlled from inside the vehicle. It can be fitted with a MAG 58 7,62mm machine gun coupled to a day/infrared sight and observation scope for day or night observation (Panhard and Sagem Defense Systems Sécurité),

-- a portable, light and easy to use UAV called “SPYARROW” (Thales),

-- a reverse camera (Motec),

-- a long-distance secured VH/VHF communication system “HF3000” (Thales),

-- a night vision goggle with video display, ultra-compact and lightweight goggle (Thales),

-- a distant vehicle management called “e-soutien” to maximize materials support in operational condition (RTD).


All systems presented on this Sherpa Scout are connected on our vetronic network Battlenet Inside:

-- Video streams shared on vehicle displays

-- Head-up display of Commander’s monitor on Minie D Night Vision Goggles

-- Vehicle integrated ergonomic HMI for systems

-- Ability to receive drones video

-- Distant vehicle management with “e-soutien” application


Battlenet Inside is an innovative electronic architecture designed by Renault Trucks Defense. It is based on open, standardized and proven COTS solutions coming from IP technologies.


As an integrator, Renault Trucks Defence guarantees interfacing with mission kits, the interoperability of these kits, their ergonomics, and the new collaborative functionalities, while respecting the know-how of the suppliers concerned.


Renault Trucks Defense has decided to propose an open architecture capable of ensuring the interoperability of these items of equipment. At the same time, as this equipment is constantly changing, there is a need to be able to upgrade the complete system, without modifying its basic architecture, by selecting long-standing, open standards. Renault Trucks Defence ensures the modularity and growth potential of the systems integrated on its vehicles while significantly reducing life cycle costs.


Networking the mobility platform with these items of equipment allows new collaborative functions to be provided while enhancing the overall effectiveness of the mission system in operations, training and maintenance.


This “Battlenet Inside” is based on an Ethernet network and on all existing protocols for carrying images, video or voice. Video streams shared on vehicle displays, drones video reception as well as the “e-soutien” application, make the vehicle a mechanical, electrical, electronic and MMI host structure onto which mission kits can be integrated as modules:

-- Drone Spy Arrow

-- Remote Control Weapon Station WASP

-- Night Vision Goggle with Video Display

-- Reverse camera

-- E-Soutien

-- HF/VHF Communications



Renault Trucks Defense, a reference manufacturer for the terrestrial armed forces, designs and develops a full range of armoured vehicles, with the SHERPA. Legacy supplier to the French Army, with more than 4,000 VAB armoured personnel carriers in service, Renault Trucks Defense can claim more than 65 customer countries across the world. Armoured vehicles represent more than 60% of its activity, but it also has a truck offering geared to a very full range of military uses. Renault Trucks Defense participates in programmes with Nexter, such as the CAESAR artillery system and the VBCI infantry fighting armoured vehicle. It holds several brand names across the world, including ACMAT and Panhard.

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21 novembre 2012 3 21 /11 /novembre /2012 19:53

Nexter XP2 Technology demonstrator for VBMR source DSI


Nov. 21, 2012 - By PIERRE TRAN Defense News


PARIS — France shows little sign of privatizing state-owned Nexter, seen as essential for consolidating the land weapons industry and lifting the sector to a much-needed critical mass, a senior industry executive told a parliamentary defense committee Nov. 21.


Asked about restructuring in land systems, Christian Mons, speaking for the Conseil des Industries de Défense Françaises, a trade association, said, “We’re advancing in a very limited way.


CIDEF is the umbrella organization for the aerospace, naval and land armaments trade bodies GIFAS, GICAT, GICAN.


“As long as Nexter remains a 100 percent state-owned company, without being privatized, this evolution will continue to be slow, even weak.”


Mons, head of GICAT, was giving testimony with Eric Trappier of GIFAS to the defense committee of the National Assembly, the lower house.


“Today we have just seen a merger between Panhard and Renault Trucks,” Mons said. “It’s a step in the right direction but it’s extremely modest.


“We don’t see a political will to restructure this industry so it can resist the competition to which I have just referred and to achieve the critical mass to survive in the next 20 to 30 years,” Mons said.


Renault Trucks Defense (RTD) Chief Executive Gérard Amiel said Nov. 14 he did not expect the government to consider any consolidation moves concerning Nexter until the end of 2013, after the defense white paper and the new multiyear budget law had been completed.


RTD approached Nexter two years ago about an alliance but the talks folded.


In land systems, companies from Brazil, Israel, South Africa, South Korea and Turkey compete in export markets with products that do not perform as well as French ones, but are half the price, Mons said. Exports make up 35 percent of annual French defense equipment production, and are needed for companies to survive, he said.


The French land sector lacks critical mass.


French companies’ annual sales are in the range of 500 million to 1 billion euros ($641 million to $1.28 billion), he said. That compares with German companies, which generate 2 billion to 4 billion euros in sales, while British and American rivals such as BAE Systems, General Dynamics and Lockheed Martin have annual sales of 8 billion euros in the land sector, he said.


Asked about British or European cooperation in land weapons, Mons said after a long silence, “Nothing. No. At the moment nothing is going on.”


In the Lancaster House Treaty with Britain, there was no new land program in the 40 projects listed, as the CTA 40mm gun joint venture between BAE and Nexter had been started before and inserted into the pact, he said.


There was no cooperation with the Germans. “Totally inexistent,” he said.


“The Defense Ministry and DGA [Direction Générale de l’Armement] are beginning to talk,” he said. “We in industry talk very little. I talk a little with Rheinmetall, very little with Krauss-Maffei,” he said. Nexter has said it has tried to talk with Krauss-Maffei and Rheinmetall, he said.


“What the Germans say to me is — this maybe is politically incorrect — they are 100 percent private sector, they can’t talk to a state-owned company. ‘Our shareholders won’t allow us to do partnerships with a state-owned company.’ It’s too dangerous. It’s too dependent on political decisions,” he said.


Asked what future work is on the schedule, he said, “very little. We await with impatience the launch of the Scorpion program, VBMR and EBRC.”


The Véhicule Blinde Multi-Role troop carrier and Engin Blindé Reconnaissance et Combat are replacement armored vehicles in the French Army’s Scorpion modernization program.


“But we’re waiting. It was announced for June, it’s now been delayed pending budgetary decisions and postponed indefinitely, says the DGA,” Mons said.


The VBMR and EBRC are fundamental to the survival of the land industry for the next 10-15 years, he said. The multirole carrier VBMR represents at least 10,000 jobs for 10 years. The program costs 500 million euros a year, he said.


“It’s fundamental to the survival of our companies, and fundamental for the survival of Nexter,” he said.


Asked about restructuring in the aerospace industry, Trappier said, “The important thing is the product. We need to prepare for the product. We’re convinced within Europe we need to get organized. That can be done by two, three or four, or many,” he said.


“That’s not the problem. It needs to be organized. If it’s at two under Lancaster House, that’s fine. We can put two general staffs together that share a certain number of principles.


Dassault and BAE are working on future plans but London and Paris “must launch programs, new programs,” he said.


“We’re preparing for the future of military aeronautics,” he said. “Dassault is getting close to BAE Systems. Yesterday, I was in London to prepare for this great future. There is a determination of two companies, it is explicit, it is written. We’re preparing the domain for 30 years, we’re preparing in UAVs, we’re preparing in fighter planes.


“But behind that, the governments obviously must launch ad hoc programs, which they’re in the process of considering, within budgetary constraints and the white paper. We’re waiting impatiently for the results of the white paper, to which we are contributing, to be able to see this future.”


In November 2010, Britain and France signed the Lancaster House Treaty, a 50-year bilateral defense cooperation pact, which included joint work on a new generation medium-altitude, long-endurance UAV, an unmanned combat aerial vehicle, and future combat aircraft.


The French government is preparing a defense white paper, now expected in February, and a multiyear defense budget for 2014-2019.


The French defense industry has 17 billion euros in annual sales, and employs 65,000 workers directly and indirectly, CIDEF figures show.


Mons is chief executive of vehicles maker Panhard. Trappier is executive vice president of Dassault Aviation.

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16 juillet 2012 1 16 /07 /juillet /2012 16:55
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16/07/2012 medeflyonrhone.fr

Entré dans sa troisième phase de développement, le groupe Tra-C industrie, implanté aux Olmes, agrandit ses locaux et embauche de nouvelles compétences pour poursuivre sa marche en avant. Bruno Voland, Président de Tra-C Industrie, présente le groupe et les nouveaux défis à relever.


  • L’histoire de Tra-C industrie est une vraie success story ?

François Verdier et moi-même avons créé le groupe Tra-C industrie en 1998 et je crois que nous sommes parvenus à nous faire une place sur un marché de niche : les solutions intégrées pour l’industrie. En fait, nous sommes des spécialistes du travail des métaux et du soudage et ce savoir-faire est reconnu par les grands groupes industriels. Le groupe a donc pu se développer fortement et compte aujourd’hui environ 80 salariés.


  • Comment s’organise l’activité du groupe ?

Nous avons quatre domaines d’activités stratégiques : Conduite de projets & Assistance technique, Travail des métaux, Industrialisation et Formations Techniques. Grâce à ces compétences, nous travaillons aussi bien pour l’agro-alimentaire que pour l’automobile ou le médical même si une part importance de notre chiffre d’affaires est réalisée dans le secteur de la défense. Nexter, Renault Trucks Défense ou Acmat font partie de nos clients. Pour eux, nous participons à l’étude et à la fabrication de caisses en acier blindé (ex :VAB Véhicule de l’Avant Blindé, Kerax,… ) ou à l’échelle d’assaut qui équipe les Sherpa du GIGN. Mais nous pouvons tout aussi bien mettre au point une cabine de lavage pour le médical ou un simulateur d’écoulement de rivière pour le ministère de l’Agriculture ou un bac à batterie électrique pour la future Renault Zoé.


Suite de l'entretien

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5 juin 2012 2 05 /06 /juin /2012 08:00



Jun. 4, 2012 By PIERRE TRAN Defense News


PARIS — Talks for Renault Trucks Defense (RTD) to acquire Panhard are at an advanced stage, offering the prospect of a long-awaited consolidation in the French armored vehicle sector, the chief executives of the two companies said.


“We’re at the negotiating stage,” said Christian Mons, Panhard General Defense CEO. “We’re advancing, we’re progressing.”


Panhard specializes in making light military vehicles, including the Sagaie and AMX10 light tanks.


“The negotiations are complicated,” Mons said. “Volvo [owner of Renault Trucks] is an enormous and complicated company. Progress in the negotiations is complex.”


Many industry executives have said a merger in the vehicle sector is vital for French competitiveness.


News of the negotiations between Panhard and Renault Trucks Defense emerged in December, although at that time RTD declined to identify the merger partner, other than to say it was a European company.


“We’re on the last leg,” said Gérard Amiel, chief executive of RTD. “We don’t know if there’s a follow-on or a ravine.”


An acquisition of Panhard is a key step in RTD’s plan to reach 700 million euros ($876.8 million) in sales by 2015, compared with 250 million euros in 2011.


“It’s a real negotiation. All the conditions are in place for it to happen,” Amiel said. “These are the final negotiations of a seller who wants the best price for his product and a buyer who wants to buy as cheaply as possible. The road was longer than we expected.”


For Mons, there is no set timetable and RTD’s parent company, Volvo, will have to approve any agreement. The timing of the Volvo board meetings will decide the timing of any deal announcement.


“I can’t say it will be announced at a certain date. It’s not under my control,” Mons said. “Even when we agree a deal at our level, the Volvo board of directors needs to approve it.”


A detailed due diligence study of the Panhard business has been done.


The negotiations include the price of the company, guarantees, the sites, building leases and continuity of management. The sellers do not want the company to be dismantled.


“Panhard is a company with 120 years of history, indisputably a jewel in French industry. There’s no question it should disappear,” Mons said. “There’s no urgency. I see it as part of the restructuring of the sector.”


The companies are important actors but not fundamental to the industry, which is worth a total 4 billion euros, he said.


“It’s not a determining change, but a step in the right direction,” Mons said. “We’re in the last third of the journey.


“In any negotiation, the protagonists can leave the room empty-handed,” he said. “Failure is an option. That’s how fragile it is.”


RTD teamed with electronics company Thales to bid when the PSA Peugeot Citroen auto group put Panhard up for sale in 2005. The Auverland company, owned 76 percent by the Cohen family, won the tender and adopted the Panhard name.


RTD tried again to acquire Panhard in 2009, but the talks failed. This is the third attempt, Mons said.


“If the negotiations fail, it will be bad news for the sector because it means French companies cannot organize themselves, and Panhard will one day fall into the hands of a foreign buyer. It’s logical,” he said.


For RTD, the negotiations are taking place at a tricky time, Amiel said.


“The purchase is not an easy one, given the difficult defense markets in 2011 and 2012,” he said.


Panhard has not won many export contracts in recent years, he said. There are lots of deals under discussion, but nothing large has been signed. The French market, on which all sides depend, is in a state of suspended animation as the new administration decides on the budget, Amiel said.


The talks have been complicated by corporate reorganization at Volvo, with a new chairman appointed in September and a reworking of the organization chart.


Volvo is a thorough company and conducted a highly detailed due diligence examination of Panhard’s activities.


“We certainly went through with a fine-toothed comb,” Amiel said. “We’re sure there aren’t any bad surprises. We looked at everything.”


A Merger for Critical Mass


A merger of the two companies is needed to create a solid platform maker, an industry executive said.


“It’s imperative,” the executive said. “It’ll be catastrophic if it doesn’t go through. It would leave the French military armored vehicle industry very vulnerable.”


There is little overlap of activities between the two companies, simplifying a possible merger, the executive said.


Panhard specializes in light military vehicles, while RTD makes heavier units. There is a slight overlap in the 8-to-11-ton class with the RTD Sherpa and Panhard PVLP XL.


Panhard has two sites, RTD five, with the latter scattered around France.


The Panhard factories are manufacturing sites with steel plates being welded, but they do not build drivelines and gearboxes. RTD gets its drivelines, gearboxes and other “mobility” parts from Volvo.


Together, the two companies would have bigger purchasing power and larger commercial networks.


France needs to consolidate armored vehicle manufacturing to invest in development of new vehicles. For that, critical mass is needed, the executive said.


The companies need to size up to negotiate with German and Italian firms in future consolidation moves. Germany has Rheinmetall and KraussMaffei-Wegmann, while Italy has the commercial truck maker Iveco.


“The big problem is that there are many companies and too few programs” in Europe, the executive said.


Nexter also needs wins, as the domestic books are empty after the last véhicule blindé combat d’infantrie fighting vehicle and Caesar canon is delivered to the French Army.


Other consolidation questions include whether Thales will buy the systems business of the Nexter group to merge with its land activities, the executive said.


In an announced deal, Thales is swapping its TDA mortar systems subsidiary for a stake in land systems specialist Nexter.


Thales Chief Executive Luc Vigneron said March 7 that a “significant stake” in Nexter was needed to ensure confidence between the two companies, Reuters reported. Thales and Nexter are going through due diligence studies, Vigneron said May 4.


The companies have not yet reached a stage of setting a value on the respective businesses, he said. A deal was not expected to be concluded before the Eurosatory show.


Thales could get between 10 and 20 percent of Nexter in exchange for TDA Armaments and its Belgian FZ subsidiary, former Defense Minister Gérard Longuet said in January.


RTD had 250 million euros in sales in 2011, and Panhard 83 million euros. Nexter had 851 million euros in 2011 sales.

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5 juin 2012 2 05 /06 /juin /2012 07:55
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Jun. 4, 2012 By PIERRE TRAN Defense News


PARIS — Panhard will display at Eurosatory a mock-up of its Sphinx armored vehicle with a new 40mm gun turret from Lockheed Martin UK, aimed at the French Engin Blindé de Reconnaissance et Combat (EBRC) light tank program.


The turret was developed by Lockheed Martin UK for the upgrade of the British Army Warrior vehicle, integrating the Anglo-French CTAI 40mm gun.


The turret optronics are from Thales.


Panhard had mounted a turret from Belgian company CMI on a Sphinx vehicle at the last Eurosatory. The new turret is intended to cut costs by sharing a common product with the British Army.


“I think it would be a good choice for the Army General Staff because it would save around 30 percent of the EBRC program cost,” said Christian Mons, Panhard General Defense CEO. “What’s more, it’s an Anglo-French program.”


A common turret would save some 200 million to 250 million euros ($250.5 million to $313.1 million) of development money, offer cooperative support between the two countries’ militaries and halve the cost of life management and evolution of the product, Mons said.


The turret, weighing 4.5 tons, allows Panhard to meet a requirement for the 16-ton weight limit for the EBRC. That weight limit is intended to allow two EBRCs to be loaded onto an A400M transport aircraft and deliver high vehicle mobility.


The turret could be built under license in France if the Sphinx were picked for the EBRC. Under the Scorpion modernization program, 290 EBRC units are planned for the French Army.


Renault Trucks Defense (RTD) will display its VAB Ultima, a highly protected version of the troop carrier.




The French government ordered 290 Ultima units last year, and 32 will be deployed to Afghanistan this year, despite the drawdown of combat operations.


The Ultima has a steel plate in the floor, remote Kongsberg gun turret and the Slate anti-sniper gear.


Among the 36 RTD vehicles on show will be the VAB Mk3, an upgraded model aimed at export markets.


Panhard will also display its Crab, a high mobility, protected vehicle based on a renewal of the light cavalry doctrine, with a small armored vehicle taking an active combat role

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5 janvier 2012 4 05 /01 /janvier /2012 15:22
France Buys Anti-Sniper Kits for Afghanistan

The French Army will equip 80 of its VAB wheeled vehicles in Afghanistan with a Kongsberg weapon station and a SLATE ground shot detector.

(French MoD photo)


January 5, 2012 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Renault Trucks Defense; issued January 5, 2012


Urgent Delivery of Slate Kits for VAB Armoured Vehicle


VERSAILLES --- Under an urgent operational requirement, at the end of November 2011, Renault Trucks Defense supplied 80 SLATE (Acoustic Sniper Localization System) kits to the French defense procurement agency (DGA) for integration with TOP 12.7 versions of the VAB armoured personnel carrier in Afghanistan.


The SLATE system consists of a PILARw acoustic antenna for detecting gunshots, produced by 01dB-Metravib, which is connected to the Kongsberg TOP 12.7 (Protector M151) remote control weapon system and an interface for the crew.


When integrated into the VAB, this assembly allows very fast response times against sniper type of attack. As soon as a gunshot is detected, the VAB’s crew can decide to cue the turret automatically in the direction of the danger. The target can be identified and fire returned immediately.


New functionalities have been developed in partnership with the DGA and the end-users (French Army Technical Department, STAT) to enhance the protection of troops: the sensitivity of SLATE allows the threat level to be determined by indicating whether the weapon used is small or medium caliber. At the same time, the SLATE system stores the geographical location of the attacking shooters in memory, even after the VAB has moved.


The VAB can therefore move into cover when engaged. Thanks to the added reach provided by the armament of the TOP 12.7 weapon station (a 12.7 mm machine gun or a 40 mm grenade launcher), the crew can move away from the threat while retaining the option of neutralizing targets from a safe distance.


Ultimately, the SLATE system could be connected to information and command systems to improve the sharing of information gathered at tactical level.



Renault Trucks Defense, a reference manufacturer for the terrestrial armed forces, designs and develops a full range of armoured vehicles, with the SHERPA. Legacy supplier to the French Army, with more than 4,000 VAB armoured personnel carriers in service, Renault Trucks Defense can claim more than 65 customer countries across the world. Employing 600 people in France, RTD's 2010 revenues exceeded 300 million euros. Armoured vehicles represent more than 60% of its activity, but it also has a truck offering geared to a very full range of military uses. Renault Trucks Defense participates in programmes with Nexter, such as the Caesar artillery system and the VBCI infantry fighting armoured vehicle. It holds several brand names across the world, including ACMAT.


Kongsberg Protech Systems is the world's leading supplier of Remote Weapon Stations providing flexible solutions that meet our customer's specific requirements. Through world class innovation, program execution and customer understanding, we aim to provide high tech systems for enhanced situational awareness and protection of personnel and property in high-risk areas. As of October 2010 the Protector has been chosen by 17 nations and Kongsberg continues to be the world’s leading provider of Remote Weapon Stations.


01dB-Metravib has a global “products and solutions” offer in acoustics and vibrations: hardware production, software publishing, engineering, audits, services, research, and training. Dedicated to the Armed and Police Forces, 01dB-Metravib Defense and Security Division has designed a complete range of products for threat detection and localisation, including gunshot and RPs named PILARw. PILARw is a combat proven solution used by many countries all around the world and is already deployed in almost every ISAF Force in Afghanistan.

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31 mai 2011 2 31 /05 /mai /2011 13:00


May 31st, 2011 By VMSB DEFESA Global


In collaboration with the French-German Research Institute ISL (Institut Saint Louis), the French company Sagem SA (of SAFRAN group) has developed a compact and lightweight gunshot detection system.


The system called DELOC can be fitted on vehicle based remotely controlled weapon station, armoured vehicle, fixed site or on the soldier helmet.


The data received by the antenna is featured is on a console inside the vehicle or on the soldier portable observation terminal.


DELOC has been trialed integrated on Sagem SA and Panhard General Defense WASP (Weapon under Armor for Self-Protection) remotely controlled weapon station which has been installed on a Panhard General Defense PVP (Petit Véhicule Protégé) 4×4 light armoured vehicle.


DELOC can help as well to establish a tactical view of the field scenario when linked to a tactical battle management system like the French Army (Armée de Terre) SITEL (Système d’Information Terminal Elémentaire) system.

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18 janvier 2011 2 18 /01 /janvier /2011 08:55
SYRACUSE Programme: new order for Renault Trucks Defense


18.01.2014 army-guide.com


Renault Trucks Defense has signed with Thales a contract for supplying 21 units of vehicles type Premium, Midlum and Sherpa Light carrier dedicated to the tactical stations of the Syracuse III military satellite communications program. In 2009 Renault Trucks Defense has already sold 33 units of Sherpa light carriers. These new vehicles will be delivered in 2011.



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15 juin 2010 2 15 /06 /juin /2010 16:55
L'armée de terre a reçu le tiers de ses VBCI


15/06/2010 Jean Guisnel Défense ouverte - Le Point.fr


Les sociétés Nexter Systems et Renault Trucks Defense (groupe Volvo) viennent de livrer à l'armée de terre le 200e véhicule blindé de combat d'infanterie (VBCI). Le dernier des 630 exemplaires commandés par la Direction générale pour l'armement sera livré en 2015. Cet énorme engin (30 tonnes, 8 roues motrices, 100 km/h de vitesse de pointe) est livré en diverses versions. La plus nombreuse, avec 520 exemplaires, est la VCI (véhicule de combat d'infanterie), qui peut emporter 11 combattants équipés et est dotée d'un canon de 25 mm. L'autre version est la VPC (véhicule poste de commandement). Y compris le développement et l'industrialisation, le programme a coûté 2,86 milliards d'euros, soit 4,53 millions d'euros pièce. Belle bête ! À ce stade, le VBCI n'a pas trouvé de client à l'exportation, la compétition au Royaume-Uni ayant été perdue contre le Piranha, de Mowag.


Opérationnel depuis septembre 2008 au 35e régiment d'infanterie de Belfort, le VBCI sera en Afghanistan dans les prochaines semaines avec cette unité. Selon plusieurs experts militaires consultés par Le Point, ce gros véhicule est peu adapté aux conditions difficiles du terrain afghan, dont les voies sont souvent très étroites. Mais l'engin devrait apporter un sentiment de sécurité aux soldats de la brigade La Fayette, à tout le moins tant qu'ils seront à l'abri de sa caisse. Le second régiment doté du VBCI est le 92e régiment d'infanterie de Clermont-Ferrand, qui aura reçu à l'été la totalité de ses 64 véhicules de dotation. Ensuite, les régiments seront dotés au rythme d'un par année scolaire, le prochain devant être le 1er régiment de tirailleurs d'Épinal.

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