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Petit Véhicule Protégé
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PVP on display at an open door day of the 18ème Régiment de Transmissions, on 15 June 2009
Place of origin  France
Specifications
Weight 4 390 kg.
Length 4 599 mm
Width 2 277 mm.
Height 2 170 mm.
Crew 2 to 4

Armour 6 to 10 mm
Primary
armament
Medium machine gun
Engine 2 800 cm3 Diesel turbo.
160 hp ( kW)
Power/weight 34 hp/tonne
Suspension Wheeled 4 x 4
Operational
range
800 km
Speed 120 km/h

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 commissions were expected in 2007.

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, protects the crew and the engine with the STANAG 4569 level 2. The floor is protected against antipersonnel mines (type DM 31).

A German, 5-door version, named Gavial is available.

A larger version named PVP HD, Heavy Duty, based on the same architecture, with 5 doors and more cargo area is also available.

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