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The First Delivery by Renault

France has taken delivery of the first batch of 25 Poids Lourds Force Spéciale (PLFS – Heavy Special Forces Vehicle) from Renault Trucks Defence on 1 February. The contract, covering 202 PLSFs and 242 Special Force Light Vehicles (Véhicule Léger des Forces Spéciales/VLFS), was signed in January 2016. Deliveries of the second batch of 172 vehicles is expected to begin in 2019 and be completed by 2021. 

The PLFS is largely based on the Sherpa Light Forces Speciales truck with various modifications. The first batch are in 'Standard 1' configuration, featuring two radios, one 12,7×99 mm (.50 cal) machine gun (MG) and two 7,62×51 mm MGs. The remaining vehicles will be configured as 'Standard 2', which is expected to have improved endurance, the capability to fire heavier weapons and enhanced payload capacity.

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