The BMX-01 armored personnel carrier was developed by Renault. Development was funded by French defense procurement agency. The BMX-01 was first observed in 2013. A demonstrator was first publicly revealed in 2014. It is aimed to meet the French Army VBMR requirement for a multi-purpose armored vehicle. This program is aimed to replace a part of the VAB 4×4 armored personnel carriers. French Army requirement is for 1,962 new multi-role armored vehicle in several different variants. Delivery of first batch of machines is expected in 2016.
Possibly the BMX-01 uses technology of the VAB Mk.3 armored personnel carrier, that was also developed by Renault. The BMX-01 will not become the new French Army VBMR as it is, but production vehicle will be 80% similar to the demonstrator.
The BMX-01 has a welded steel hull with modular add-on armor kit. Add-on armor is fitted for maximum level of protection only when required. All-round protection with add-on armor is against 14.5-mm armor-piercing rounds. The BMX-01 has improved protection against landmines and IED blasts. Vehicle has a V-shaped hull that deflects blast away. It is also fitted with NBC protection system.
This armored personnel carrier accommodates a crew of three and can carry 8 fully-equipped soldiers. Dismounts enter and leave the vehicle via rear doors. Also there are roof hatches for emergency exit. Vehicle has a payload capacity of 4.7 t.
The baseline APC version for the French Army will be fitted with remotely controlled weapon station, armed with 12.7-mm machine gun. Alternatively a 40-mm automatic grenade launcher can be mounted.
Example of remotely controlled weapon station, armed with 12.7-mm machine gun40-mm automatic grenade launcher can be mounted
This 6×6 APC is powered by commercially available Renault-Volvo turbocharged diesel engine, developing 400 hp. It is mated to an automatic transmission. Both front and rear axles are steered.
The French Army VBMR program calls for several different variants, including baseline armored personnel carrier, 120-mm mortar carrier, anti-tank missile carrier, armored ambulance, command vehicle, logistics vehicle and forward artillery observation vehicle. However armored personnel carrier version will be the most numerous.
|Dimensions and weight|
|Length||~ 7 m|
|Width||~ 2.55 m|
|Height||~ 3 m|
|Machine guns||1 x 12.7-mm|
|Engine power||400 hp|
|Maximum road speed||~ 105 km/h|
|Range||~ 800 km|
|Vertical step||~ 0.5 m|
|Trench||~ 0.9 m|
|Fording||~ 1.5 m|