Panhard EBR

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Panhard EBR
Panhard EBR 150808 01.jpg
TypeArmoured car
Place of originFrance
Service history
Used byFrench Army
Indonesian Army
Portuguese Army
WarsAlgerian War
Portuguese Colonial War
Indonesia-Malaysia Confrontation
Production history
No. built1200
Mass13 tonnes (14 short tons; 13 long tons)
Length6.15 m (20 ft 2 in)
Width2.42 m (7 ft 11 in)
Height2.24 m (7 ft 4 in)

ArmorHull front 40 mm
Hull sides 20 mm
Turret 40 mm
90 mm D921/F1 gun or 75 mm SA49 gun
3× 7.5 mm MAC31 Reibel machine guns most common, sometimes 4 x 7.5 mm MGs
4× smoke dischargers
EnginePanhard 12-cylinder gasoline engine
200 hp
Power/weight15.4 hp/tonne
Suspension8x8 wheel
630 km (390 mi)
Speed100 km/h (62 mph)

The Panhard EBR (Panhard Engin Blindé de Reconnaissance, French: Armored Reconnaissance Vehicle) is an armoured car designed by Panhard for the French Army and later used across the globe, notably by the French Army during the Algerian War and the Portuguese Army during the Portuguese Colonial War in Angola, Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau.


The EBR is an 8x8 wheeled reconnaissance vehicle designed before the Second World War, but with production only commencing afterwards, with over 1200 vehicles being manufactured after 1954. While being lightly armoured, the EBR was armed with the 90 mm FL-11 or 75 mm cannon known as the FL-10 or L/48 in a novel oscillating turret and supported by up to four 7.5 mm machine guns, one co-axial, one operated by the driver, one by the co-driver and one by the commander, though the latter was not found on all EBRs. The EBR had a crew of four (including two in the turret),[1] and was powered by a 200 hp (150 kW) 6 liter[2] 12HD horizontally opposed air-cooled 12-cylinder engine (with dual carburetors and 6.6:1 compression, enabling it to run on low-octane petrol).[2] Based on Panhard's two-cylinder automobile engine, it was mounted under the floor of the fighting compartment, which had the unfortunate effect of requiring the turret to be removed to conduct major engine repairs.[2]

Designed in 1951 by Panhard, OBE[clarification needed] used a symmetrical front and rear with two driver positions. The EBR can reach speeds of 100 km/h (62 mph) on 14 in (36 cm)-wide, 24 in (61 cm)-diameter wheels with Michelin tyres and Veil-Picard tubes, which feature a series of nitrogen-filled cells, enabling them to absorb bullet hits and not go flat.[2] The armoured hull is mounted on an 8-wheel drive, with 4 inner metal wheels, which can be raised for driving on the road. The four central wheels have aluminum rims with steel grousers, separated by rubber blocks;[2] with all eight wheels deployed, ground pressure is only 0.7 kg (1.5 lb) per 1 cm2 (0.16 in2).[2]

The 1954 model improves armaments with a lengthened 75 mm barrel, giving a muzzle velocity of 1000 m/s. Finally, the 1963 version further strengthens firepower with a 90 mm gun.


France has, since 1935, engaged in the manufacture and use of a prolific line of wheeled armored reconnaissance vehicles armed with weapons with an anti-tank capability. This being the result of reforms initiated by the Light Mechanized Divisions (DLM).

French tactical doctrine required reconnaissance elements to cover and range over a large and extensive battlefield, especially within the context of the slow and high-maintenance tanks of the time. Also of note is the way that tanks are best deployed, massed and concentrated, which prevents their dispersion for safety and for screening.

So it is a particular trait with French reconnaissance vehicles to be heavily armed. From the prewar MD 178 armed with an anti-tank gun of 25 mm, (which was for the period a significant caliber for such a small vehicle) to the direct successor of the EBR, the AMX 10 RC, also used for wheeled reconnaissance, and armed with a powerful 105 mm gun with automatic firing, firepower equal to a main battle tank of the 1980s. A pattern repeated in the AML 90 and the ERC 90 Sagaie.

These reconnaissance systems are not only aimed at discovery and investigation (missions that can be fulfilled by lighter vehicles with lighter weapons), but also with security missions upon the battlefield (for example flank-security and offensive protection) which requires a substantial firepower not only to destroy the enemy advance elements, but also to oppose armoured incursions.

A turretless Panhard EBR vehicle carried the coffin of the late French president Charles de Gaulle at his state funeral.[3][4]


  • Crew: 4 men (1 vehicle commander, 1 gunner, 1 driver, 1 rear driver)
  • Length: 6.15 m
  • Width: 2.42 m
  • Height: 2.24 m
  • Weight with combat: 13 tons
  • Horsepower: 200 hp
  • Range: 630 km
  • Road speed: 105 km / h
  • Tanks: 380 l
  • Fuel consumption: 50l / 100 km
  • Ammunition: 56 rounds (75 mm) or 43 rounds (90 mm)[2]


  • Main armament (version 1951): 1 Canon 75 mm SA 49 (Vo 600 m / s)
  • Main armament (version 1954): 1 Canon 75 mm SA 50 (Vo 1000 m / s)
  • Main armament (version 1963): 1 Canon 90 mm model D921/F1 (Vo 750 m / s)
  • Secondary armament: 3 machine guns of 7.5 mm, shipper magazines of 149 cartridges 1 inert.


Map with Panhard EBR operators in red


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ogorkiewicz, R. M. AFV Weapons Profile 039 Panhard Armoured Cars (Windsor, Berks: Profile Publications).
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Ogorkiewicz.
  3. ^
  4. ^
  5. ^ David Jordan. The History of the French Foreign Legion: From 1831 to Present Day (2005 ed.). Amber Books Ltd. pp. 181–185. ISBN 1-59228-768-9.
  6. ^ Panhard EBR (Museum exhibit), South Jakarta, Indonesia: Satriamandala Museum, 2014
  7. ^ a b c d "Trade Registers". Retrieved 2013-06-20.
  8. ^ Nerguizian, Aram; Cordesman, Anthony (2009). The North African Military Balance: Force Developments in the Maghreb. Washington DC: Center for Strategic and International Studies Press. p. 27. ISBN 978-089206-552-3.


  • Duncan Crow & Robert J. Icks, Encyclopaedia of Armoured Cars
  • Ogorkiewicz, R. M. AFV Weapons Profile 039 Panhard Armoured Cars. Windsor, Berks: Profile Publications.

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