Renault Trucks Defense (RTD) / Panhard has secured a contract from the French Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) to supply 443 new patrol vehicles to the French Special Forces.
Under the contract, the company will supply 241 light vehicles and 202 heavy vehicles.
It will also provide integration of sensitive intelligence and communication equipment, as well as their support elements.
The Special Forces will receive 25 heavy vehicles in 2016. Deliveries of the first light vehicles are expected to begin in 2018.
According to the company, the programme aims to address demanding operational requirements for intelligence or neutralisation missions, which can include discrete actions in hostile areas
It also aims to improve the fleet's interopability, and performance across the land, air and marine components of the Special Forces.
The new vehicles will replace various versions of the ACMAT Light Tactical Vehicle (ALTV), and the Panhard Special Forces Light Vehicle (VPS), as well as the legacy Peugeot P4 SAS 4x4, Auverland A3F 4x4, or Berliet 6x6, reported janes.com.
In July, RTD received a contract from the French DGA to extend the service life of the light armoured vehicles (VBL) and VBL2s.
Under the contract, the company was to provide a solution to upgrade the VBL's engine, gearbox, suspension, and braking.
Focused on VBL's mobility aspects, the contract aims to keep the vehicle in service for the next 15 years.
Image: Special Forces conducting a mission. Photo: courtesy of French Ministry of Defense.