Saudi Arabia To Receive French Armoured Vehicles Ordered For Lebanon

6 July 2016

Saudi Arabia is set to receive 200 armoured vehicles that it ordered from France for the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF).

Emmanuel Levacher, the director-general of Renault Trucks Defence, told the French parliament's defence commission on 27 January that his company had just signed a contract to deliver 100 VAB Mk3 6x6 armoured personnel carriers and 100 Sherpa Light tactical vehicles to Lebanon.

The order was part of a USD3 billion package of French defence equipment that Saudi Arabia pledged in 2013 to provide to the LAF.

However, Riyadh announced in February it was suspending the USD3 billion grant, as well as the unspent part of another USD1 billion it pledged for the Lebanese security forces in August 2014.


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