France Delivers Stryker Combat Vehicle to Afghanistan

23 May 2010 (Last Updated May 23rd, 2010 18:30)

French military forces operating in Afghanistan have received a new VBCI wheeled infantry fighting armoured vehicle. France ordered a second batch of 332 VBCI armoured vehicles in 2009 to replace the tracked AMX10 armoured vehicles operating in the region with wheeled units. The

French military forces operating in Afghanistan have received a new VBCI wheeled infantry fighting armoured vehicle.

France ordered a second batch of 332 VBCI armoured vehicles in 2009 to replace the tracked AMX10 armoured vehicles operating in the region with wheeled units.

The Nexter Systems-developed VBCI is a 25t 8×8 wheeled vehicle armed with a 25mm autocannon, and a 7.62mm machine-gun.

The vehicle can accommodate a crew quantity of 11 and has a maximum road speed of 100km/h.

To date, France has purchased a total of 630 VBCI vehicles and is acquiring 550 of the infantry version and 150 command post versions, deliveries of which began in 2008.