Panhard M3 VTT (APC)
The Panhard M3 VTT (French: Véhicule de Transport de Troupes) is a vehicle carrying troops of French firm Panhard, it’s a variant of AML-60 which uses the same essential components. The Auto-Mitrailleusse Legere, aka the Panhard AML was developed and manufactured by French firm Panhard to meet the requirements of the French Army for an indigenous 4x4 Scout Car. Riding on the success of the AML, Panhard developed as a private venture for the export market the M3 Armored Personnel Carrier. Both the AML and M3 share 95% commonality in their parts. The first M3 prototype was completed in 1969 and production started in 1971, since then over 1200 were built, which were exported to 35 countries around the world. Production has now ceased. The M3 APC was subsequently replaced in production by the Buffalo
The hull of the Panhard General Defense M3 is made of all-welded steel armour with the driver seated at the front of the vehicle with 3 vision periscopes. The engine is behind him and the rear space is used for variants equipment. The 1969 prototype had square-cut sides with a single door in each side of the hull and twin doors in the hull rear. It was intended that each door would have a single circular firing port. The production vehicle had a redesigned hull incorporating three hatches either side of the troop compartment.
The M3 served mainly with Infantry Battalions, both in Ireland and with UNIFIL, in the Defence Forces, although the 4th Cavalry Sqdn. is known to have used some. It is reported that some of the 61 M3s delivered to the DF were re-engined, though it is not clear if this was with a Peugeot 2.5l V6 Petrol engine or the Peugeot XD Diesel engine as re-fitted to the AMLs.
Country of origin: France
Source Société de Constructions Mécaniques Panhard Levassor St., Paris
Crew 2 [Driver & Commander] + Infantry Section of 10 Troops
Armament 2 x 7.62mm MGs in Creusot-Loire TL.21 Turret, many other options available
Unladen Weight 5,300 Kg .
Combat Weight 6,100 Kg .
Length 4,450 mm Hull
Width 2,400 mm
Height 2,480 mm Top of Turret, 2,000 mm Hull
Armor 8 to 12 mm [or 5-12 mm] welded steel
Ballistic Protection 7.62 mm AP All Round
Engine Panhard 4 HD air-cooled petrol engine Kw/90 bhp
Max. Speed 90 kph Open road
Max. Speed in Water 4 km/h .
Range 600 Km Open road
Max. Vertical Step 300mm .
Max. Trench 800mm with one channel
Variants M3/VDA- PldK caliber self-propelled 20 mm motor-driven tower M3/VAT-dílenské vehicle from a crane at the rear of the hull M3/VPC-velitelské vehicle with enhanced facilities spojovatelským M3/VLA- engineer vehicle with a dozer blade on the front hull M3/VTS-ambulance transportation for 4 or 6 seats lying patients M3 come out with radar or radar-RA 20S Buffalo