While everyone thinks Euronaval is comprised of ships and maritime solutions, Nexter went the extra mile and brought along its VBCI 8x8 armoured vehicle, which is currently engaged in several of the French military's overseas operations, in Afghanistan, Lebanon, Mali, and the Central African Republic.
Nexter is emphasising the VBCI's overseas projection and landing capability. The vehicle is qualified on the A400M ATLAS aircraft and demonstrated its ability to be transported by air in 2015.
The VBCI is a benchmark in the combat-proven 8x8 market, combining firepower, protection, and mobility. It has proven its strategic mobility and reliability across all types of terrain, particularly in Operation Serval in Mali, where it covered more than 2,500km between Dakar and Gao with no assistance.
The VBCI has now covered more than a million kilometres, showing once again the merits of wheels compared with tracks, and has been projected by air and by sea in six countries since 2010. See the VBCI in section C1 of the trade show and Nexter's range of naval equipment on its stand (F7).