French VAB armored vehicle is 40-years old! Congrats! About 4000 VAB (Véhicule de l’Avant Blindé) 4x4s were produced since 1975 by SAVIEM and Renault for the French Army and was declined in about 40 versions. About 1000 4×4 and 6×6 vehicles were supplied to foreign nations including to Morocco, Lebanon, Indonesia, Cyprus and Oman.
More recently, the French Army has received modernized 4×4 VAB vehicles such as the VAB Valorisé, the VAB Ultima, and the VAB Génie. The VAB will be replaced from 2018 by 1722 of the Griffon 6×6 multirole vehicle being developed by Nexter Systems, Renault Trucks Defense and Thales.
Renault Trucks Defense has developed the VAB Mk III for export. It is available in 4×4 and 6×6 configurations.