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France rush orders missile kits

VERSAILLES, France, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- French defense procurement agency DGA has ordered Javelin missile integration kits from Renault Trucks Defense.

Integrating the Javelin missile into VAB armored personnel carriers would make the system easier to use for French army units in Afghanistan, it said.

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The VAB is the first tactical, armored transportation vehicle to have the Javelin integrated into it.

Renault said this week that the order was received in June and the company developed and tested an integration kit in less than six months. The kit allows for six missiles, two firing posts and two tripods to be carried in the VAB.

Integration is already being carried out in Afghanistan on 10 vehicles.

The VAB, made by Renault, is widely used by the French army. More than 500 vehicles of this type are deployed in Afghanistan.

The manufacture of armored vehicles represents about 60 percent of the business of Renault Trucks Defense, it said.

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