The Petit Véhicule Protégé (PVP) is a modern 4×4 vehicle, designed to equip Combat Support Units.
Air transportable (C130, C160 and heavy helicopters), very mobile and with a high level of ballistic protection, it has a 7.62mm weapon of self-protection and can carry up to four passengers. With a good protection / carrying / mobility, the PVP accommodates the new capabilities of the French Army and can be deployed in External Operations.
There are two main versions used today:
A “command” version for commanders and section chiefs, and able also to receive transmission equipment, electronic warfare and artillery (team liaison).
A “rank” version for units with AT4CS, Eryx or Milan missiles, observation teams of artillery, and traffic engineering.
Delivery of all vehicles is expected by the end of 2011.
The PVP is deployed in Georgia as part of the European monitoring mission, in Afghanistan and in Lebanon where 30 vehicles are patrolling Southern Lebanese roads since December 2009.