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Panhard (VBL) Véhicule Blindé Léger

Light Armored Vehicle


Specifications

Country of Origin/Used by: France (and many others including Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Djibouti, Gabon, Greece, Indonesia, Kuwait, Mexico, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Portugal, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Togo and the United Arab Emirates)
First Produced/Service Dates: 1985
Manufactured by: Panhard
Crew: 2-4
Armament: Numerous weapons depending on variant. They include the 7.62mm Machine Gun, 12.7mm Heavy MG, 20mm Cannon, 40mm Automatic Grenade Launcher, AT4CS, Eryx, HOT, MILAN and TOW Anti-Tank Guided Missile Systems or Mistral Anti-Aircraft Defense System. Also, they can mount different types of Remote Weapons Systems/Stations.
Engine: 4 Cylinder Turo-Diesel
Miscellaneous Info: The Panhard VBL is available in two (2) basic lengths and can be equipped/fitted for numerous missions and duties.  The short wheel base  reconnaissance/scout/liaison vehicle is considered the "standard" variant and appears to be the most numerous in service.  Other variants in service are the VBL 12.7 recon vehicle, ALBI-Mistral anti-aircraft vehicle, VBL AT4CS, Eryx, HOT, Milan and TOW anti-tank vehicles, VBL Canon (fitted with a 20mm MK 20 Rh 202 cannon), VBL Tourelle Fermee (mounting a remote controlled weapon system), ULTRAV MIL NBC recon vehicle and long wheel base VB2L Poste de Commandment.

Over the long years the vehicle has been in service, it became overloaded and prone to break down easily.  As a result, two separate upgrade programs were instituted. The first was the VBL Mark 2, which primarily consisted of the fitting of a more powerful engine.  Although helping, the problems with the suspension lingered.  Therefore, a second major upgrade program commenced which again included an even more powerful engine, but also redesigned most of the suspension and transmission components.  This vehicle is referred to as the VBL Ultima and it appears that older vehicles were also retro-fitted to the upgraded standard.
Data Sheet Available:   None Available

Photos

Reference Source/Provider
Panhard VBL Light Armored Vehicle Photos (LWB) Jacques Dujardin - France
Panhard VBL Light Armored Vehicle Photos French 1st Foreign Cavalry Regiment
Panhard VBL Light Armored Vehicle Photos French Armee de Terre
Panhard VBL Light Armored Vehicle Photos Luis Pitarch - Spain
Panhard VBL Light Armored Vehicle Photos (Saumur, France) and Above Dennis Trowbridge - Bristol, UK
  Panhard VBL Light Armored Vehicle Photo UK Ministry of Defence (Crown Copyright)
  Panhard VBL Light Armored Vehicle Photo US National Archives)
      Panhard VBL 12.7 Recon Vehicle Photos French 1st Foreign Cavalry Regiment
    Panhard VBL Milan Anti-Tank Vehicle Photos French 1st Foreign Cavalry Regiment
  Panhard VBL with WASP Remote Weapon Station Vehicle Photo French 1st Foreign Cavalry Regiment

References Available

Online

Reference Source/Provider
Panhard VBL Light Armored Vehicle Information & Photos Army Guide.com
Panhard VBL Light Armored Vehicle Information & Photos Army Recognition.com
Panhard VBL Light Armored Vehicle Information & Photos Army-Technology.com
Panhard VBL Light Armored Vehicle Information & Photos Military Factory.com
Panhard VBL Light Armored Vehicle Information & Photos Military-Today.com
Panhard VBL Light Armored Vehicle Information & Photos Tank Encyclopedia

Printed

Reference Author
Blue Helmets Under Fire, The (Concord Publications) Samuel Katz & Yves Debay
"Exercise Bold Alligator" (July 2012 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine) Henri-Pierre Grolleau
IFOR: Vehicles of the Multinational IFOR Peace-Keeping Operation (1995-96) (Tankograd Publications) Carl Schulze
ISAF Vehicles in Afghanistan: 2007 (Kabul and Kandahar Areas) - Mushroom Model Publications

Book Review by Patrick Keenan

Dick Taylor
Jane's AFV Recognition Handbook (Second Edition) Christopher F. Foss
Landing Zone Lebanon: UNIFIL 2006 (Blue Steel Books) Moustafa Assad
VBL Panhard - Histoire & Collections Yves DEBAY

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information
Panhard VBL Light Armored Vehicle Kit ADV/Azimut 1/35 Resin
Panhard VBL Light Armored Vehicle Kit ADV/Azimut 1/72 Resin
Panhard VBL Light Armored Vehicle with PL127 Turret (12.7mm M2HB Browning HMG) Model Kit (10049) ADV/Azimut 1/35 Resin
Panhard VBL CB52 ISAF Light Armored Vehicle with VAB 7.62mm Turret) Model Kit (10050) ADV/Azimut 1/35 Resin
Panhard VBL Light Armored Vehicle Kit Coree 1/35 Resin

Panhard VBL Reconnaissance Vehicle with 7.62mm MG Model Kit (GAS50218)

Gaso.line 1/48 Mixed Media

Panhard VBL Reconnaissance Vehicle with MILAN ATGW Model Kit (GAS50218milan)

Gaso.line 1/48 Mixed Media

Panhard VBL Reconnaissance Vehicle with Brouilleur IED Jammer Model Kit (GAS50218brou)

Gaso.line 1/48 Mixed Media

Panhard VBL Reconnaissance Vehicle with PL127 MG Turret Model Kit (GAS50219)

Gaso.line 1/48 Mixed Media

Panhard VBL 2-Long Reconnaissance Vehicle with 7.62mm MG Model Kit (GAS50220)

Gaso.line 1/48 Mixed Media

Panhard VBL 2 with WASP Sagem RWS Model Kit (GAS50221)

Gaso.line 1/48 Mixed Media

Panhard VBL 2 TOP with 12.7 mm Kongsberg RWS Model Kit (GAS50222)

Gaso.line 1/48 Mixed Media

Panhard VBL with 12.7 mm Machine Gun Model Kit (MM-R215)

Model-Miniature 1/72 Resin.

Panhard VBL 7.62mm Reconnaissance Vehicle Model Kit (MM-R217)

Model-Miniature 1/72 Resin.
Panhard VBL MILAN Anti-Tank Vehicle Model Kit  (MM-R222) Model-Miniature 1/72 Resin.
Panhard VBL OPEX Vehicle Model Kit (Lebanon & Afghanistan Version) (MM-R234) Model-Miniature 1/72 Resin.
Panhard VBL Light Armored Vehicle Model Kit (4603) Tiger-Model (Hong Kong) 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic.
Panhard VBL Light Armored Vehicle Model Kit with 12.7mm M2 Machine Gun (4619). Tiger-Model (Hong Kong) 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic.
Panhard VBL Light Armored Vehicle with Milan Anti-Tank Missile Launcher Model Kit (4618) Tiger-Model (Hong Kong) 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic.
       
Aftermarket Set Manufacturer Scale Other Information
VBL Wheel Set (BL35240K) Blast Models 1/35 Resin; For the Tiger-Model Kit
VBL PL127 .50 Cal Machine Gun Turret (BL35241K) Blast Models 1/35 Resin; For the Tiger-Model Kit
VBL 2011 XZL Type Wheel Set (BL35242K) Blast Models 1/35 Resin; For the Tiger-Model Kit
VBL Interior Update Set (BL35243K) Blast Models 1/35 Resin; For the Tiger-Model Kit
VBL Wire Cutter (BL35244K) Blast Models 1/35 Resin; For the Tiger-Model Kit
VBL Exterior Update Set (BL35245K) Blast Models 1/35 Resin; For the Tiger-Model Kit
VBL Counter-IED Set (BL35246K) Blast Models 1/35 Resin; For the Tiger-Model Kit
VBL (Add-On) Armor Kit Set (BL35247K) Blast Models 1/35 Resin; For the Tiger-Model Kit
VBL Stowage Set -OPEX Africa (BL35253K) Blast Models 1/35 Resin; For the Tiger-Model Kit
VBL MAG 58 Machine Gun Replacement (BL35354K) Blast Models 1/35 Resin; Replaces model kits' machine gun.
French Panhard VBL Sagged Wheel Set #1 (DW35084) DEF Model 1/35 Resin.  For the Tiger-Model Kit
French Panhard VBL Sagged Wheel Set #2 (DW35096) DEF Model 1/35 Resin.  For the Hobby Boss and Tiger-Model Kits
VBL Light Armored Vehicle Weighted Road Wheel Set (ER35-068) E.T. Model 1/35 Resin.  For the Hobby Boss Kit.
VBL Light Armored Vehicle Detail Set (E35-257) E.T. Model 1/35 Photo-Etched Brass.  For the Hobby Boss Kit.
VBL Panhard Tire and Wheel Set (GAS50559) Gaso.line 1/48 Rubber.
VBL Panhard PVP Michelin 255/100 R16 XZL Tire and Wheel Set (GAS50561) Gaso.line 1/48 Rubber.
VBL WASP 1 and Add On Armor Set (KMT35047K) KMT 1/35 Resin.
Greek Army VBL Conversion Set (SSM 35007) Slingshot Models 1/35 Resin.
VBL Stowage Packs Set (ACL 35009) Slingshot Models 1/35 Resin.
VBL Sagged Wheel Set (ACL 35010) Slingshot Models 1/35 Resin.
VBL Panhard Anti-Slip Surface (SSM 35011) Slingshot Models 1/35 For Tiger Model Kits.

“ISAF #3: French Troops in Afghanistan” (35-C1269)

Star-Decal

1/35

Decals; Includes Markings for the Panhard VBL & VAB.

“ISAF #4: Afghanistan Peacekeepers” (35-C1282)

Star-Decal

1/35

Decals; Includes Markings for the BRDM-2, BTR-80A & VBL.

Model Photos

Reference Source/Provider
Panhard VBL Model Photos (1/35 Tiger Model) Mike Oberholtzer - River Forest, Illinois USA