The French Army will purchase additional 332-armoured vehicles for infantry combat (VBCI) bringing the total ordered number to 630, said the Defence minister Herve Morin.

The General Delegation for Armaments has already notified the relevant manufacturers, which include Nexter Systems and Renault Trucks Defense.

The VBCI is capable of moving at 100km/h with a payload of 30t and a crew strength of 11.

French forces serving in Afghanistan are expected to receive the VBCI combat vehicles ordered by the Defence Ministry.

France launched the VBCI programme in 2000 to replace the army’s AMX-10P fighting vehicles and invested €2.86bn to develop the whole VBCI programme.