Eurosatory 2016: VCBI French infantry fighting vehicle of the French Army


Published on Jun 13, 2016

In this video filmed at Eurosatory 2016, Christopher F Foss, of IHS Jane’s Land Warfare Platforms discusses VCBI French infantry fighting vehicle


VBCI French wheeled infantry fighting vehicle


The VBCI VCI (Vehicule Blinde de Combat d’Infanterie) is a French wheeled infantry fighting vehicle. The first prototype was completed in 2004. It is a successor to the ageing AMX-10P IFV. The VBCI shares much in common with the Vextra and X8A prototype IFVs, developed by GIAT Industries and Renault in the early 1990s. A total of 630 VBCI infantry fighting vehicles were ordered by the French Army.

The VBCI has a welded steel and aluminum armor hull with add-on modular armor protection. Protection level that can be adapted to the threat. It seems that basic armor provides all-round protection against 14.5-mm armor-piercing rounds. Titanium armor plates can be fitted for increased protection. Interior of the VBCI is fitted with spall liners. Vehicle keeps on moving if a wheel is lost by mine explosion. NBC protection and fire suppression systems are fitted as standard.


The VBCI infantry fighting vehicle is fitted with DRAGAR one-man turret. Vehicle is armed with a fully-stabilized, dual fed 25-mm cannon and coaxial 7.62-mm machine gun. The cannon is compatible with standard NATO ammunition. It fires single round, three round burst, ten rounds burst or in fully automatic mode. Its APFSDS rounds penetrate 85 mm of armor at 1 000 m range. This cannon can also engage low-flying helicopters. The VBCI VCI is fitted with Galix grenade launching system and infrared decoy system.

Vehicle has a crew of two and can carry nine troops. Commander dismounts with the troops. Troops leave the vehicle through the rear power-operated ramp with integral door.


The VBCI is powered by Renault (Volvo D12) turbocharged diesel engine, developing 550 horsepower. This armored vehicle can switch its configuration from 8×8 to 8×6, while moving on hard surface roads. Vehicle is fitted with hydropneumatic suspension and has variable tyre pressure system.


Entered service 2008
Crew 2 men
Personnel 9 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 25.6 t
Length 7.6 m
Width 2.98 m
Height 3 m
Main gun 25-mm cannon
Machine guns 1 x 7.62-mm
Ammunition load
Main gun 409 rounds
Machine guns ?
Engine Renault diesel
Engine power 550 hp
Maximum road speed 100 km/h
Range 750 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 0.7 m
Trench 2 m
Fording 1.2 m
Fording (with preparation) 1.5 m


VBCI-2 in IFV with Nexter Systems T40 turret armed with a CTAI 40 mm CTAS: Details

VBCI-2 Nexter Systems


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