TAP Special #10 : VBC 90

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The 90 mm-turreted armored fighting vehicle is a 6-wheel drive vehicle which uses most of the mechanical components from the VAB. It is equipped with the GIAT TS 90 turret armed with a new high-performance gun firing an anti-tank round with a high muzzle velocity.


Its high strategic and tactical mobility, its great autonomy, its discretion, its great ergonomics make it a particularly suitable vehicle to fulfill long-distance reconnaissance missions. Its powerful gun fires a hollow charge round with a muzzle velocity of 1000 m/s, making it suitable for anti-tank combat in all forms. It also features a N.B.C. protection.


The VBC 90 equips the Armored Group of the Gendarmerie Mobile in Satory.




Technical information from the manufacturer’s manual listed below:

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TAP Special #9 : Batignolles-Châtillon DP 2

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The Compagnie Générale de Construction de Locomotives Batignolles-Chatillon presented in 1935 a prototype for an amphibious tank, produced at the request of the Section Technique des Matériels Automobiles de Combat (literal translation: Technical Section of Combat Automobile Materials).

The first tests took place in March 1936, but the machine sank at the end of the demonstration. The tank was modified by the manufacturer and tests continued until 1937, but the development proved to be difficult.

The project then was suspended, and it seems no actions were taken afterward.

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