Versatility in action: Exploring the specifications and variants of Renault’s VBCI armoured vehicle

Renault Trucks Defence and GYAT Industries collaborated to produce the sturdy armoured infantry fighting vehicle known as the Véhicule Blindé de Combat d’Infanterie (VBCI). Introduced in 2008, it boasts a 25mm cannon, 7.62mm machine gun, and 550hp Renault Diesel engine.

The Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicle, or Véhicule Blindé de Combat d’Infanterie (VBCI), is the result of joint design and manufacturing efforts between Renault Trucks Defence and GYAT Industries (now Nexter Systems). It was created to take the position of the AMX-10P, and the French Army began using it in 2008. The entire delivery of the 630 units that were ordered was finished in 2018. Although the VBCI was created in France, Spain and the UK both expressed interest in obtaining it; nonetheless, they finally decided to pursue local options.

 

Specifications:

The Mass VCI (Véhicule de Combat d’Infanterie) is a strong armoured vehicle developed for combat operations, equipped with a comprehensive set of features. The VCI and VPC versions have a normal combat load of 28.5 tonnes, with dimensions of 7.6 metres for length, 2.98 metres for width, and 3 metres for height. An eight-man fighting team is added to the three members of the crew. The armour of the vehicle is made to withstand 14.5 mm Armor-Piercing Incendiary (API) rounds, providing protection.

The Mass VCI’s main weapon is a formidable 25 mm NATO cannoneer GYAT modèle M811 NATO mitrailleur, which can fire 400 rounds per minute. An extra firepower-supplying co-axial 7.62 mm NATO machine gun is used to support this powerful main gun. The car’s 550 horsepower (410 kW) Renault Diesel engine powers the vehicle. The Mass VCI’s wheel suspension design helps it manoeuvre more quickly in combat.

With its 750-kilometer (470-mile) working range, the Mass VCI is highly mobile and can operate continuously over long distances. Its astounding top speed of 100 km/h (62 mph) guarantees quick reaction and adaptability in a range of combat situations. The Mass VCI is a strong and adaptable armoured vehicle, prepared to handle the rigours of contemporary combat operations.

 

Variants:

The adaptable VBC 90 armoured vehicle comes in several versions designed to meet various military requirements. With a medium-calibre Dragar-type turret that houses a 25mm cannon and a 7.62mm machine gun, the VCI (infantry fighting vehicle) model can carry a combat group of nine troops in addition to the crew. With a self-defence turret mounted with a powerful 12.7mm machine gun, the VPC (command post vehicle) variation functions as a strategic hub, housing two SIP stations and a crew of seven soldiers.

To fulfil export criteria for different national militaries, the VTT (Troop Transport Vehicle) model provides a roomy 13 m³ of interior volume, with the capacity to carry up to 10 soldiers and their equipment. Components such as NBC detection and protection systems, battle identification tools, and SIT (Système d’Information Terminal) communication equipment are shared by all variants. The VBCI 2 is a better version that is ready for export sales as a result of expanded capabilities. Better performance on the pitch is guaranteed by the powerful 600-horsepower Volvo D13 turbocharged diesel engine included in this improved model.

The VBCI 2 has new air conditioning to provide crew comfort and upgraded vision cameras to boost situational awareness, which go hand in hand with its increased power. The 32-ton prototype of the VBCI 2 is outfitted with a T40 two-man turret that fires a powerful 40mm gun. With these improvements, the VBCI 2 is now positioned as a potent and versatile armoured vehicle that can be tailored to meet the changing requirements of contemporary armed forces.