A heavier, up armoured variant French VBCI armoured infantry combat vehicle has been qualified by the French Armament procurement agency (DGA), increasing the gross vehicle weight (GVW) by three tons to to 32 tons. The increase in the GVW enables the installation of appliqué side and belly armour, better protecting the vehicle against advanced threats such as mines, IEDs, and RPGs. It also provides sufficient growth capacity for future upgrades. The vehicle manufacturer, Nexter is expected to deliver to first 32 ton VBCI versions to the French armed forces beginning next year.
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Crowne Plaza Rome | 5-6 February 2020