|Petit Véhicule Protégé|
PVP on display at an open door day of the 18ème Régiment de Transmissions, on 15 June 2009
|Place of origin||France|
|Crew||2 to 4|
|Armour||6 to 10 mm|
|Medium machine gun|
|Engine|| IVECO 8140 2,800 cm³ Diesel turbo.|
160 hp ( kW)
|Suspension||Wheeled 4 x 4|
The Petit Véhicule Protégé ("Small protected vehicle") is a light, general-purpose armoured 4-wheel drive vehicle used by the French Army. It is also designated as Auverland A4 AVL (Armoured Vehicle Light). Built by Auverland, it is the successor to the Peugeot P4. It is intended mostly as personnel carrier, weapon carrier, and for reconnaissance, detection and transmission purposes.
In 2004, the first batch of 314 vehicles was ordered. The first vehicles were delivered in 2008 and final deliveries should be made in 2011. 100 vehicles will be fitted with the WASP light RWS. It is expected that the French DGA will order an additional 300 PVP vehicles.
The PVP is modular, allowing extra seats to be added for more personnel, or to be used as a light truck. The armour, made of steel and aluminium, offers level 2 protection (STANAG 4569) for the crew and the engine. The floor is protected against antipersonnel mines (type DM 31).
- PVP HD (Heavy Duty) - larger version, based on the same architecture but with level 3 armour. With 5 doors and more cargo area (2T payload, total internal volume of 7.9 m³). Gross vehicle weight is 7.6 tonnes.
- PVP XL (Extra Large) - with a total internal volume of 9.4 m³ and a gross vehicle weight of 12 tonnes (max. payload: 3 tonnes). The maximum number of seats is 10. The basic armour of the XL model also offers a level 3 protection.
- PVP APC - Based on the French Army's PVP but with a 150mm higher roofline to provide room for 6 troops. Developed in 2010.
- Gavial - German 5-door version with pneumatic suspension.
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- France - 1133 PVP ordered
- Germany - Rheinmetall offered a licence-built variant known as Gavial the Bundeswehr. No contracts were made, the LAPV Enok was chosen instead.
- Chile - 15 PVP APC
- Togo - 6
- PVP A4 AVL Data Sheet
- Photographs of the Petit Véhicule Protégé, French Ministry of Defence.[dead link]
- Petit Véhicule Protégé on defense-update.com
- Auverland A4 AVL
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