​France to Deliver Armored Personnel Carriers, Caesar Self-Propelled Howitzers to Ukraine

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VAB (vanguard armoured vehicle) of the 3rd Marine Infantry Regiment in the Bastille Day 2013 military parade on the Champs-Élysées in Paris / Photo credit: Marie-Lan Nguyen / Wikimedia Commons
VAB (vanguard armoured vehicle) of the 3rd Marine Infantry Regiment in the Bastille Day 2013 military parade on the Champs-Élysées in Paris / Photo credit: Marie-Lan Nguyen / Wikimedia Commons

The Defense Minister of France Sebastien Lecornu has stated that Paris will send "significant quantities" of armored personnel carriers to Ukraine. He also confirmed the sending of six additional Caesar self-propelled howitzers to Ukraine. Exocet anti-ship missiles supplies are also currently being discussed

French Defense Minister said this in an interview with Le Parisien, Ukrinform reports, citing BFMTV. According to Sebastien Lecornu, the supply of armored personnel carriers for the Ukrainian army will be significant.

French Army VAB in the new camouflage, spotted after the Bastille Day parade (July 14, 2021) / Photo credit: Kevin.B, Wikipedia

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"To move quickly in areas under enemy fire, armies need armored vehicles. [...] France will therefore deliver significant quantities of VAB vehicles (Armored Forward Vehicle), equipped with weapons," the minister said.

Lecornu was not informed when deliveries would begin. He noted also that France is also considering sending French-made Exocet anti-ship missiles to Ukraine.

Interior of a VAB personnel carrier, Defense Express
Interior of a VAB personnel carrier / Photo credit: Jastrow, Wikipedia

Lecornu also confirmed the sending to Ukraine of six additional Caesar self-propelled howitzers in addition to the 12 that have already been transferred to the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

Interior of the front of a VAB, Defense Express
Interior of the front of a VAB / Photo credit: David Monniaux, Wikipedia

VAB, The Véhicule de l'Avant Blindé (lit. 'Armoured Forward Vehicle' or more accurately translated: "Armoured Vanguard Vehicle") is a French armoured personnel carrier and support vehicle designed and manufactured by Renault Trucks Defense (now called Arquus). It entered service in 1976 and around 5,000 were produced. As of 2019, it is the standard APC of the French Army. It has also been exported to more than 15 countries. It has seen combat in various conflicts in Africa, Asia and Europe.

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