Gabonese Military displays Norinco VN1 8×8 IFVs

During the Gabonese independence day military parade which held on 17 August, the country’s elite Republican Guard (GR) paraded several Chinese-made Norinco VN1 8×8 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) for the first time.

Local sources disclosed that the Norinco VN1 8×8 infantry fighting vehicles are part of the Scouting, Reconnaissance, and Combat Squadron of the GR’s Armoured Intervention Group.

The Norinco VN1 8×8 infantry fighting vehicles is an export variant of the ZBL-09 (also called ZBD-09) 8×8 armoured vehicle personnel carrier. Although, the IFV variant of the Gabonese VN1  is an 8×8 amphibious wheeled armored vehicle fitted with a two-man turret armed with one 30mm cannon and one 7.62mm coaxial machine gun.

Also, the troop’s compartment at the rear can accommodate 11 infantrymen. The VN1 can run at a maximum road speed of 100 km/h with a maximum cruising range of 800 km. It can climb a 30° slope, cross a 1.8m trench and climb over a 0.55 m vertical obstacle.

During the parade, several Panhard VBL light-armored vehicles, Arquus Bastion armored personnel carriers, and a pair of Nexter Aravis APCs from the Armoured Intervention Group’s Support and Combat Squadron also featured in the parade.

Sarah Lesedi

Defense technological enthusiasts, African lover. Chief Chronicler at Sarah Lesedi blog.

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