Armor: French Infantry Trade Tracks For Wheels


October 31, 2007: France is
joining most other European nations, and replacing some, or all, of their tracked
armored infantry vehicles with wheeled ones (like the U.S. Stryker). The new
French vehicle is the VBCI. It's an 8x8, 25 ton vehicle with a crew of three,
plus eight troops in the back. Armament consists of a 25mm autocannon, and a
7.62mm machine-gun. Like the Stryker, the VBCI has very up-to-date sensors and
electronics. France has ordered 550 of the infantry version, and 150 command
post (more electronics, fewer people) versions. The VBCI will replace tracked
AMX10 infantry vehicles. The VBCI vehicles cost about $5.5 million each, and
first deliveries will take place next year.


Article Archive

Armor: Current 2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 



Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close