VBCI Armored Fighting Vehicle

The VBCI is a wheeled, armored, fighting vehicle fielded by the French Army. It was developed in France by Nexter Systems and Renault Trucks Défense, which is responsible for the engine and other mechanical parts of the vehicle. The French Army ordered 630 VBCI armored vehicles with the first batch of 200 entering service in 2010. Designed for personnel transport and infantry support, the VBCI is armed with an 25mm M811 automatic cannon, which has a rate of fire of 400 rounds/minute, a coaxial machine gun, and smoke grenade launchers. Fire control integrates a laser telemeter and a thermal camera. This infantry vehicle is built on an aluminium hull which carries a modular THD steel and titanium armor, which can be replaced in the field. It is powered by a Renault diesel engine, delivering 550 hp. The VBCI can be transported by Airbus A400M.


Type: infantry fighting vehicle
Weight: 25.6 tons
Width: 2.98 m
Length: 7.6 m
Height: 2.2
Crew: 2 (driver and gunner), plus 9 fully equipped troopers
Engine: 550hp, Renault diesel engine
Maximum speed: 100 km/h (70mph)
Range: 750 km
Weapons: one 25mm M811 autocannon; one co-axial machine gun; grenade launchers

French VBCI IFV in Action (video)

Dardo IFV

The Dardo is a tracked infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) developed by Iveco-Fiat and Oto Melara for the Italian Army, entering service in 1999. It is used both for personnel transport and infantry support. The Dardo is armed with a 25mm Oerlikon KBA automatic cannon firing 600 rounds per minute, two anti-tank missiles, a 7.62mm coaxial machine gun, and four 80mm smoke grenade launchers installed on both sides of the turret. This Italian infantry vehicle is protected by welded aluminum alloy armor with add on steel armor plates on the sides of the hull, protecting against 14.5mm armor-piercing projectiles. Over the frontal arc the vehicle is fitted with modular composite armor which protects the crew against 25mm APDS projectiles. The Dardo is powered by an Iveco V6 turbo-charged after-cooled diesel engine which delivers 512hp.

In 2003, the Dardo IFV was fielded by the Italian Army during Operation Iraqi Freedom, destroying smaller Iraqi armored vehicles and wreacking havoc on enemy infantry units. Today several Dardos are deployed in Afghansitan with the Italian Battlegroups.


Type: armored infantry fighting vehicle
Weight: 23 tons
Width: 3 m
Length: 6.7 m
Height: 2.64 m
Crew: 3 (commander, driver, gunner) plus 6 fully armed troopers
Engine: one 512hp, Iveco V6 turbo-charged after-cooled diesel engine
Maximum speed: 70 km/h
Range: 600 km
Weapons: one 25mm Oerlikon KBA autocannon; two Spike-LR anti tank missiles; one 7.62 coaxial machine gun; four smoke grenade launchers
Fire control system: Galileo Avionica Hitfist integrated fire control system

Schützenpanzer Puma (IFV)

The Schützenpanzer Puma is an armored infantry fighting vehicle developed by Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and Rheinmetall Landsysteme for the German Army. It entered service in 2010. It was designed for personnel transport and infantry support role. The Puma is protected by AMAP (Advanced Modular Armor Protection), featuring the capability to flexibly mount different types of modular armor, such as the AMAP-B module, which is used for protection against kinetic energy projectiles, and the AMAP-SC, which offers protection against shaped charges. This infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) is powered by a MTU V10 892 diesel engine, generating 1,100 horsepower.

The Schützenpanzer Puma is armed with a Rheinmetall 30mm MK 30-2/ABM autocannon with a rate of fire of 200 rounds per minute and an effective range of 3,000 meters. This automatic gun fires fin-stabilized kinetic energy penetrator tracers, and kinetic energy-timed fuse (KETF) amunition. The Puma is fitted with a fully stabilized 360° periscope with 6 different zoom stages, offering a direct glass optic link to either the commander or the gunner. The gunner has a thermal vision camera and laser range finder (identical to those on the PERI) and an optronic day sight, rounded off with a vision- and a glass block.

Specifications for the Schützenpanzer Puma

Type: tracked, armored, infantry fighting vehicle
Weight: 43 tons with extra armor
Width: 3.7 m
Length: 7.4 m
Height: 3.1 m
Crew: 3 (commander, driver, gunner), plus 6 fully equipped troopers
Engine: 1,100hp, MTU V10 892 diesel engine
Maximum speed: 75 km/h (42mph)
Range: 600 km (375mi)
Weapons: one Rheinmetall 30mm MK 30-2/ABM autocannon; 5.56 mm HK MG4 machine gun; up to 8 Spike LR anti-tank guided missile; 6-shot 76 mm grenade launcher

Puma Infantry Fighting Vehicle (Video)

Combat Vehicle 90 (Strf)

The Combat Vehicle 90 is an armored fighting vehicle fielded by the Swedish Army. Designed for personnel transport and infantry support, the CV90 is manufactured by BAE Systems Hägglunds, entering service in 1993. This armored vehicle is known in Sweden as the Stridsfordon 90 (Strf 90). It is armed with a 40mm Bofors automatic cannon and a 7.62mm machine gun. The engine that propels the Combat Vehicle 90 is a Scania DSI 16, V8 Diesel, capable of generating 810hp. It has all-round armor protection against 14.5mm armor-piercing rounds. Although armor protection over the frontal arc is classified, the Strf 90 can be fitted with MEXAS, a ceramic applique armor which provides all-round protection against 30mm kinetic energy penetrators.

Hägglunds has built more than a 1,000 CV90 armored vehicles in differnt versions. The model CV9040, which is fitted with the 40mm Bofors autocannon, is used by the Swedish Army. The CV9030 is an export version armed with a 30mm Bushmaster II autocannon; it was adopted by Norway, Switzerland and Finland. The CV90105 is equipped with 105mm rifled tank gun. CV90120-T is fitted with tank turret and 120mm smoothbore gun.

The CV90 was used extensively by the Norwegian Army in May 2008, when the battalion equipped with Strf 90 vehicles, during Operation Karez in the Badghis Province, Afghanistan, came under heavy machine gun and RPG fire from Taliban fighters. The attack left 14 Taliban fighters dead and unknown number of wounded. No allied casualties were reported. Swedish CV90s have also been used in Liberia. As of the spring of 2009, Sweden operates 4 CV9040 vehicles in Afghanistan. The Swedish CV90s have seen combat with insurgents on at least two occasions.


Type: tracked, armored, transport, fighting vehicle
Weight: 30 tons
Width: 3.1 m
Length: 6.55 m
Height: 2.7 m
Crew: 3 (commander, driver, gunner) plus 8 soldiers
Engine: one 810hp, Scania DSI 16, V8 diesel engine
Maximum speed: 70 km/h (40mph)
Range: 320 km (250mi)
Weapons: one 40mm Bofors autocannon; one 7.62mm Browning machine gun

Combat Vehicle 90 (CV90) Video

Pizarro Armored Vehicle

The Pizarro Infantry Vehicle is an armored fighting vehicle designed for infantry transport and support produced by Santa Barbara Sistemas for the Spanish Army. Entering service in 2002, the Pizarro is the result of the technological cooperation of the Austrian firm Steyr-Daimler-Puch AG and Spanish Santa Barbara Sistemas. The Pizarro is armed with a 30mm Mauser cannon fitted in a fully traversable electro-mechanical turret. The gun is stabilized on two planes and is able to fire on the move at a rate of up to 800 rounds per minute. This infantry vehicle is fitted with the Mk-10 fire control system from Indra, equipped with a full solution digital ballistic computer, day channel, thermal channel and laser rangefinder.

The Pizarro armored fighting vehicle is protected by SABBLIR reactive armor and applique steel plates which is capable of protecting the crew against 30mm armor-piercing discarding sabots. The Pizarro is powered by a 600hp diesel engine and uses a Renk HSWL 106C hydro-mechanical transmission, and torsion bar suspension. It can accelerate to the top speed of 70 km/h (40mph).

Specifications for the Pizarro Infantry Vehicle

Type: armored fighting vehicle
Weight: 27 tons
Width: 3.64 m (12 ft)
Length: 6.24 m (22 ft)
Height: 2.43 m (8 ft)
Crew: 3 (commander, driver, gunner), plus 8 fully-equipped infantry troops
Engine: 600hp, MTU SV-183 TE22 diesel engine
Maximum speed: 70 km/h (40mph)
Range: 650 km
Weapons: one 30 mm Mauser MK 30-2; one 7.62mm machine gun