Renault Trucks Defense (RTD) will equip 80 units of the French Army (Armée de Terre) VAB TOP (Véhicule de l´Avant Blindé équipé d’un TOurelleau téléoPéré) wheeled armoured carrier with 01Db-Metravib PILARw MK2 gunshot detection system. This system will be coupled to the Kongsberg Protech Systems M151A2 Protector remotely controlled weapon stations already installed on the vehicles according a previous contract awarded by the DGA (Direction Générale de l’Armement) to Renault Trucks Defense to upgrade vehicles to be operated by French troops serving in Afghanistan. The weapon station are equipped with a 12.7mm heavy machine gun or a Heckler & Koch GmbH GMG 40mm automatic grenade launcher as well as sights.

The French company will also modify as well as 200 VAB 4×4 vehicles in order to allow Sagem SA FELIN (Fantassin à Équipements et Liaisons INtégrés) equipped troops to plug the battery charger to the electrical network of the protected vehicle. RTD has delivered the first modified unit of VAB to the 13ème Bataillon de Chasseurs Alpins based in Chambéry.


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