(Vehicule de Liaison, de Reconnaissance et d'Appui) are a common sight in Africa; here French Army vehicles photographed in Mali during "Operation Serval': (RTD/P.
chassis is used for the TPK 420 BL (7.8 tonnes combat weight) and VLRB (9.6 tonnes combat weight) light armoured vehicles, while the most recent use of the Unimog chassis is for the KMW Dingo, of which 147 have been ordered for the German Army, including some for special forces use.
For this a central logistics vehicle, still with a fair measure of cross country capability (such as the French ACMAT VLRA
4 x 4), is used to carry the main burdens ready for a `clutch' of attack vehicles to come and go for replenishments as needed.
* ACMAT has adapted a complete, self-contained NBC decontamination system to the 6 X 6 VLRA
Type TPK6.40, thus ensuring the system's full mobility.
It was an area in which France was pre-eminent, its rugged ACMAT VLRA
- which has a 1500 kg payload and is powered by a 120 bhp Perkins diesel - having been adapted for a number of demanding roles including long-range patrol and as a MILAN and LAU87 multiple rocket launch vehicle.