VAB in Lebanon (1): Lebanese Armed Forces (1): 1983-2007

The VAB  ( Véhicule de l’Avant Blindé) APC is a frequently sighted vehicle in Lebanon since the early 1980s. It made its first appearance in Lebanon in 1981 with the French Messidor deal to the Lebanese Army. Several operators used or/and still use this vehicle like the Lebanese Army since 1981, the French Multinational Forces (MNF) in 1982-1984, the UNIFIL FrenchBatt since 1982, The French Gendarmerie in the 1980s for embassy protection, the UNIFIL who bought some vehicles used by various armies battalions under its mandate, the Lebanese militias who captured some vehicles during the civil war, and most lately the Lebanese Internal Security Forces (ISF).

The VAB variants used by the Lebanese Army are mainly VTT and PC variants, the VTT are mainly armed with a 12,7 mm M2 MG except for the five VABs of the first batch equipped with a 7,62mm MG . More variants are found with the UNIFIL with the VAB VTT, VAB T-20/13, VAB SAN, VAB ATLAS, VAB VIT.

The first part deals with some photos of VABs used by the Lebanese Army from 1983 till 2007:

A Lebanese Army VAB VTT of the 6th Mechanized Brigade in 1983. The vehicle seen came from the first batch of 5 VABs with a 7,62mm MG cupola delivered in 1981. (Italcon)
A Lebanese Army VAB VTT of the 6th Mechanized Brigade in 1984.
Lebanese Army VABs VTT of the Military Police during the 1995 military parade.
A back view of Lebanese Army VABs VTT of the Military Police during the 1995 military parade.
Lebanese Army VABs VTT of the Commandos (Maghaweer) Regiment during the 1995 military parade.
A Lebanese Army VAB VTT of the Commandos (Maghaweer) Regiment during the military parade of the year 2000.
Two Lebanese Army VABs VTT of an Intervention Regiment seen in 2002.
A Lebanese Army VAB VTT of the Commandos (Maghaweer) Regiment on the Beirut Corniche in 2004.
Lebanese Army VABs VTT of the Commandos (Maghaweer) Regiment and the Military Police lined up for the military parade of 2004.
Lebanese Army VABs VTT of the Commandos (Maghaweer) Regiment in Beirut downtown, March 2005.
A full deployment of Lebanese Army VABs VTT of the Commandos (Maghaweer) Regiment in Beirut downtown, 2006.
A Lebanese Army VAB VTT of the 2nd Intervention Regiment, Beirut, January 2007.
Lebanese Army VABs VTT of an Intervention Regiment loaded onto a Volvo NL12 tank transporter, Quarantina, January 2007.
A Lebanese Army VAB VTT of an Intervention Regiment near the hotels quarter, Beirut, February 2007.
Victory day for the Lebanese Army VABs VTT of the Commandos (Maghaweer) Regiment coming back from Nahr ElBared, September 2007.
Victory day for the Lebanese Army VABs VTT of the Commandos (Maghaweer) Regiment coming back from Nahr ElBared, September 2007.
Victory day for the Lebanese Army VABs VTT of the Commandos (Maghaweer) Regiment coming back from Nahr ElBared, September 2007.
Victory day for the Lebanese Army VABs VTT of the Commandos (Maghaweer) Regiment coming back from Nahr ElBared, September 2007.
A Lebanese Army VAB VTT of the Commandos (Maghaweer) Regiment in the Biel area, Beirut, 2007.
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