Gabonese army has deployed its new Aravis 4x4 armoured vehicles to Central African Republic 12112155

Defence & Security News - Gabon
 
Gabonese army has deployed its new Aravis 4x4 armoured vehicles to Central African Republic.
The five ARAVIS multipurpose armoured vehicle delivered to the Gabonese army by the French Defense Company Nexter Systems are now deployed for peacekeeping operations in the Central African Republic (CAR) as part of the United Nation’s Minusca mission.
     
The five ARAVIS multipurpose armoured vehicle delivered to the Gabonese army by the French Defense Company Nexter Systems are now deployed for peacekeeping operations in the Central African Republic (CAR) as part of the United Nation’s Minusca mission. Aravis armoured vehicle of Gabonese army arrive in Central African Republic (CAR) to be used for the United Nation’s Minusca mission.
     
The vehicle was handed over to Gabon’s defence minister Ernest Mpouho Epigat by Nexter Group CEO in Satory, France, on June 15, 2015.
 

The Aravis is a 4x4 multipurpose heavily protected armoured vehicles has been developed by French Defense Company Nexter Systems, it was unveiled for the first time at Eurosatory Defense Exhibition in 2008.

The version delivered to the Gabonese army is fitted with a Nexter remotely operated ARX20 turret with a M621 20x102 mm cannon firing at a rate of 750 rounds per minute. The 270 kg turret has a day/night camera and can be operated and fired on the move, and is able to engage targets to a maximum range 2,000 metres.

The vehicle is also fitted with PG-Guard RPG slat armour protection which provides effective protection against several (RPG) anti-tank rocket types.

The Aravis features Stanag 4569 Level 4 ballistic protection able to defeat 14.5 mm threats, Level 4 mine protection able to defeat 10 kg mines under the belly and wheels and all-round Level 4 protection against 155 mm artillery splinters. The Aravis has been tested to withstand the detonation of 50 kg of TNT at a distance of five metres.
 

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