The French well-known VAB (Véhicule de l’Avant Blindé) wheeled armoured vehicle of Renault Trucks Defense (RTD) is commemorating its 40 birthdays.
The first generation vehicle is still in service in several versions for different applications within several armies including with the French Army. A new version designated VAB Mk 3 that include several improvements is currently marketed by RTD. The French Army’s seen several of its VAB Mk1 4×4 vehicles modernized to the VAB Ultima (to infantry and engineer configuration) standard by RTD.
The VAB is available in 4×4 and 6×6 versions. A modified 6×6 version known as the Anoa is produced in Indonesia by PT Pindad (Persero). France’s VABs will be replaced from 2020 by the Griffon 6×6 multirole vehicle being developed by a temporary business group formed by Nexter Systems, Thales and Renault Trucks Defense.