ACMAT VLRA 4×4 – TPK 4.20 STL - Multirole Troop Carrier - Design and Features

Militarymedia.net - VLRA 4 × 4 - TPK 4.20 The multi-role troop carrier STL is a member of the VLRA family of vehicles manufactured by Ateliers de Construction Mécanique de l'Atlantique (ACMAT), a subsidiary of Renault Trucks Defense. These vehicles are used for reconnaissance, escort and support duties.

The VLRA is an all-wheeled tactical vehicle designed for military, security and special forces. It offers high mobility, payload and protection to meet mission requirements of military forces. The VLRA family of vehicles operates with armed forces of more than 50 countries.

VLRA 4 × 4 - TPK 4.20 troop carrier design and features

4 × 4 - TPK 4.20 STL uses the standard vehicle platform of the VLRA 4 × 4 series. The conventional layout places the engine at the front, the crew cabin in the center and the cargo compartment at the rear. The cab is made of metal construction with a windscreen that folds forward. The cab can be equipped with metal doors and a cloth top or a canvas roof and removable side doors.

The multi-role rear flatbed features a skid-resistant and corrosion-resistant steel floor. It can be equipped with conventional side drop bodies to carry cargo as well as troops. It can also be modified to transport water or fuel tanks, recovery equipment and shelters or mobile containers. The vehicle has spare wheels behind the cab and floor anchor points for the torsional lock. Optionally mounts with a 6.8 ton front electric winch.

"The VLRA is a high-moving vehicle suitable for long reconnaissance missions."

The vehicle can accommodate 12 people in the troop compartment and two in the cabin when used to carry troops. Two dismantled five-seater rear seats and two folding seats are installed in the rear compartment. A removable canvas roof is provided to cover the cargo area. Collapsible and disassembly side panels and a rear tailgate allow the crew to get in and out quickly. The vehicle also has provisions to carry four 20 liter jerry cans and 180 liters of drinking water.

The VLRA series of vehicles use common parts including the engine, axles, transfer box, cab and other structural components. This will reduce maintenance costs for the user.

VRLA troop carrier armament

The VLRA troop carrier can be armed with a rotary station 7.62mm submachine gun and a 12.7mm machine gun mounted on a 360 ° or 3/4 circular station.

Based on mission requirements, the vehicle can carry a variety of weapons such as medium and heavy machine guns, automatic and rocket-propelled grenade launchers, and shoulder-launched missile systems in the rear cargo area. Cabin and platform reinforcements are also available for weapon support.

"The 4 × 4 - TPK 4.20 STL uses a conventional vehicle platform from the VLRA 4 × 4 series."

Self protection

Vehicles can be fitted with mine-proof or VFI runflat tire kits. This will provide a high level of protection by reducing the effects of explosion on the passengers in the vehicle. The VFI system can withstand ballistic attacks with 7.62 NATO bullets.


The VLRA is powered by a six-cylinder turbo diesel direct injection engine. A five-speed, four forward and one reverse, synchronized gearbox is coupled to a two-speed transfer box.

The engine produces 145hp at 2,600rpm and produces 460Nm of peak torque at 1,450rpm. The engine compression ratio is 16: 1.


The VLRA is a high-moving vehicle suitable for long reconnaissance missions. It has a maximum speed of 100km / h. Two 180 liter fuel tanks installed on the vehicle allow a mileage of 1,200 km.

The vehicle is equipped with a central tire inflation system and an oleopneumatic brake system. All wheels are equipped with Michelin XZL 335/80 R20 tires. The runflat tire system allows the vehicle to cover a distance of 48km at a speed of 48km / hr.

The suspension system consisting of semi-elliptical multi-leaf springs and telescopic shock absorbers provides high ground clearance.

VLRA has the ability to wade through 0.9 m of water. This vehicle can be transported by air on the C130 and C160 transport aircraft.

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