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VBL
VBL
Details
Tier / Class:
5 AFV
Nation:
France
Dealer:
Sophie Wölfli
Reputation:
135,300
Cost:
1,920,000
Stats - Stock (Renowned)
Max Damage:
635 (760)
DPM:
2,055 (2,460)
Penetration:
430 (630) mm
Hit Points:
1,280
Hull F/S/R:
11 / 11 / 9
Turret F/S/R:
9 / 9 / 9
Max Speed:
100.00 km/h
Acceleration 0-32kph:
2.40 (1.77) s
Hull Traverse:
78.30 (85.70) deg/s
Camouflage:
43%
Vision:
405 m
Accuracy (Spread):
N/A°
Max Cannon Depression:
-10.0 / -8.0°
Turret Traverse Speed:
62.4 deg/s

The VBL TOW is a tier 5 Armored Fighting Vehicle originating from France, and is sold by Sophie Wölfli. It can be unlocked from the XM800T LAW, and leads to the FV721 Fox.

Features[]

  • Subtle movement: moving on a low speed doesn't reduce your camouflage factor. .
  • Designated target: vehicle has the ability to designate targets that are within line of sight and vision range. Designated targets are called out and takes increased damage.
  • Recon package: this vehicle's recon package provides an improved vision range when stationary.
  • Multi turret: this vehicle has several turrets that can be switched while out of combat.

Player Recommendations[]

Featuring excellent mobility and a potent ATGM launcher, the VBL TOW is an ATGM-only vehicle which functions as a long-range sniper. With excellent camouflage, a good view range, and excellent gun depression, the VBL TOW is tailor made for long range ridge poking and sniping, relying on its camo rating and mobility to make up for the fact that its armor is ineffective against many weapons.

Pros and Cons[]

Pros[]

  • Excellent camouflage rating
  • Very good mobility
  • Very good gun depression
  • High damage ATGM
  • Great DPM for 20mm autocannon. Almost instant reload. Extremely high ROF. Huge clip.
  • Looks cute, but dangerous
  • Invisible movement

Cons[]

  • Negligible armor
  • Low hit points
  • Low survivability
  • TOW makes it into an inferior version of "Swingfire"

Upgrade Suggestions[]

Because of the VBL TOW’s reliance on firepower and mobility, upgrading to the BGM-71C TOW ATGM and M14 TCI Turbo-diesel Engine should be an early priority.

Retrofit Suggestions[]

  • Advanced Muzzle Reference System
  • Augmented Optics
  • Improved Gun Breech
  • Improved Pioneer Tool Kit

Commander and Crew Skill Suggestions[]

  • Commander: Sabrina Washington, to improve the camo rating, view range, and crew stats
  • Driver: Spin to Win, Off-Road Driving
  • Gunner: Sharpshooter, Do the Twist
  • Loader: Rapid Fire, Explosive Shells/Preparation

Armor[]

VBL with TOW ATGM Launcher
Reputation Cost Credits Hull Armor (F/S/R) Hull Composition Turret Armor (F/S/R) Turret Composition ERA Type ERA Modifiers
Stock Stock 11/11/9 Steel 9/9/9 Steel
This wheeled vehicle's THD steel and ballistic glass give it small arms resistance, making it an incredibly mobile infantry support and recon vehicle.
This version is equipped with TOW missile launcher.


VBL with 20mm MK 20 Rh 202 Cannon
Reputation Cost Credits Hull Armor (F/S/R) Hull Composition Turret Armor (F/S/R) Turret Composition ERA Type ERA Modifiers
Stock Stock 11/11/9 Steel 9/9/9 Steel
This wheeled vehicle's THD steel and ballistic glass give it small arms resistance, making it an incredibly mobile infantry support and recon vehicle.
This version is equipped with 20mm automatic cannon.


Firepower[]

20mm Mk 20 Rh 202 Cannon
Shell name Type Reputation Damage Area of effect Penetration Velocity Accuracy (Fully Aimed) Reload Time Shells in Magazine Reload within Magazine Burst Fire Rate
20mm DM-63 AP AP Stock 22 0m 102mm 1,100m/s 0.13° 2s 100 {{{reloadm}}}s 750rd/min
20mm Rh. PELE PELE Stock 22 0m 80mm 1340m/s 0.25° 2s 100 {{{reloadm}}}s 750rd/min


TOW ATGM Launcher
Missile Name Type Reputation Damage Penetration Velocity Reload Time Missiles in Launcher Reload within Launcher Burst Fire Rate Splash Radius Flight Agility Self-Guided
BGM-71A TOW ATGM HEAT Stock 635 430mm 200m/s 19s 1 {{{reloadm}}}s 3.15rd/min 0m {{{agility}}}deg/s No


BGM-71C TOW ATGM HEAT 32,295 760 630mm 250m/s 19s 1 {{{reloadm}}}s 3.15rd/min 0m {{{agility}}}deg/s No


Mobility[]

Name Reputation Cost Credits Max Speed Reverse Speed 0 to 32km/h 0 to Max Speed Hull Traverse Fire Chance
Peugeot XD3T 95 hp Turbo-diesel Engine Stock Stock 100.00km/h {{{reverse}}} 2.40s {{{0-max}}} 78.30deg/s {{{firechance}}}


Steyr M14 TCI 129 hp Diesel Engine 4,700 85,050 100.00km/h {{{reverse}}} 1.77s {{{0-max}}} 85.70deg/s {{{firechance}}}



Upgrades[]

Wiesel 1 TOW Technology
Name Reputation Cost Credits Description
GALIX 17 Smoke Grenades 11,275 204,120 Provides a total of eight smoke deployments with a two-round magazine. Individual charges are on a six second cooldown, with an eighty second cooldown for the magazine.


Improved Thermal Sight 19,380 350,830 Increases effectiveness of spotting through foliage by 30%.


Special Ability[]

Name Activation Time Duration Reload Time Ability Changes
Designate Target
Ability Designate.png
2 s 20 s 50 s The designated target remains visible and receives full damage. Component saving -10%
Crew saves -10%
Camouflage factor -100%


History[]

Class: Reconnaissance Vehicle
Developed: 1988
Service: 1990+
Vehicles Built: cca 2400
Operators: France, Greece, Oman, Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Djibouti, Gabon, Indonesia, Kuwait, Mexico, Nigeria, Portugal, Qatar, Senegal, Togo and UAE

The VBL is a light, four-wheeled armored fighting vehicle, designed for multiple roles while offering its crew basic small arms protection. It is a compact machine, capable of great speeds and a wide variety of duties, including reconnaissance, liaison tasks or even armored vehicle killing.

It was developed by Panhard in the late 1980s and its designation stands for Véhicule Blindé Léger (Light Armored Vehicle). In a way it was designed for the "old" type of war, symmetric warfare where units in such vehicles wouldn't be the most common target of enemy attention. The original purpose of the program was to replace the American Jeep vehicles still in French service in the late 1970s and to provide the French army with a light and affordable platform for multiple weapons systems.

The VBL was accepted in French service in 1990 and has found its way to around a dozen (mostly African) countries. It's a very popular export item thanks to its ruggedness and versatility. The biggest operators include France (approximately 1400 in service), Greece, and Oman. All in all, around 2400 were built. Over the years, the VBLs in French service were mostly involved in peacekeeping operations for the United Nations, such as those in former Yugoslavia, Lebanon and Somalia, but some saw service in Mali, the Ivory Coast and Afghanistan. The Nigerians used VBLs in counter-insurgency operations as light fighting vehicles (the recon variant armed with a Browning M2 .50 caliber heavy machinegun).

This particular model features either a 20mm autocannon turret or a TOW ATGM launcher. The TOW variant is used by Greece.

Variants[]

VBL Nomad

  • VBL Nomad

See also[]

External links[]

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