The German Gavial General Purpose Vehicle is the licence built version of the Panhard Petit Véhicule Protégé Auverland aka A4 AVL (Armoured Vehicle Light) by German firm Rheinmetall Defence who bought the licence around 2005.
They submmited the vehicle for trials in the Bundeswehr GFF procurement project for a Light Armoured Patrol Vehicle to meets the protection levels of NATO STANAG 4569 Level 2. The vehicle was not successful and Bundeswehr seleted the Enok, which is now in service.
The 4×4 Gavial command and general purpose vehicle is capable of carrying out many different missions and tasks, including reconnaissance operations and patrolling.
It can also serve as a protected personnel carrier and in other transport roles. The 5-ton wheeled armoured vehicle offers its four-man crew robust protection against small arms fire, landmine detonations, IEDs and NBC threats. The Gavial can be airlifted into the area of operations by transport helicopter as internal or external cargo and has a 1 tonne payload capacity.