France’s Direction Generale de l’Armement (DGA) on May 7, 2010 awarded an order to Panhard Général Défense for 187 petits véhicules protégés (PVP) light protected vehicles. This is the final tranche of a total order for 933 PVPs awarded on Sept. 7, 2004.
To date, 506 PVPs have been delivered to the French Army, and final deliveries are scheduled for 2011.
The PVP is produced at two industrial facilities, Marolles-en-Hurepoix (Essonne) and Saint-Germain-Laval (Loire). The PVP program will generate upwards of one million man-hours for Panhard and its subcontractors. The initial contract called for the delivery of 200 vehicles each year beginning in late 2007 and continuing until late 2012.
However, additional funds made available under the French government’s economic recovery plan allowed the production to increase to 300 vehicles/year for 2009 and 2010.
The PVP is a modern, four-wheel drive vehicle which will equip the command groups of artillery and combat engineer units as well as selected parachute and mountain infantry, intelligence and military police units. Air transportable, armored and highly mobile, it is armed with a 7.62mm machine gun and can carry up to 4 passengers.
The PVP was deployed in Lebanon in late 2009, and has been deployed in Afghanistan since February 2010.