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Sunday, December 16, 2012, 11:25 AM
 
IVECO delivered the first batch of VBTP-MR Guarani armoured vehicles to Brazilian army.
In December 2012, The Italian Defence Company IVECO has delivered the first batch of VBTP-MR Guarani 6x6 armoured vehicles to the Brazilian army. This delivery is the first of the contract of $246 million signed by IVECO Defence Vehicles and the Department of Science and Technology of the Brazilian army to manufacture 86 units of the Guarani for 2014.
     
In December 2012, The Italian Defence Company IVECO has delivered the first batch of VBTP-MR Guarani 6x6 armoured vehicle to the Brazilian army. This delivery is the first of the contract of $246 million signed by IVECO Defence Vehicles and the Department of Science and Technology of the Brazilian army to manufacture 86 units of the Guarani for 2014.
Official ceremony for the delivery of first batch of VBTP-MR Guarani armoured vehicle to Brazilian army.
     

These 86 vehicles allow Iveco, the prime contractor, to start production, in anticipation of the Army’s planned acquisition of 2,044 vehicles. The initial Guarani vehicles will be used by infantry and cavalry units of the land force of Brazilian army, which will carry out operational trials of the product. Eventually, Guarani is expected to be delivered to the Brazilian Army at a rate of about 100 units per year over the next 20 years.

Developed with Brazilian technology through a joint project between the Army Technology Centre and Iveco, part of the Fiat Industrial Group, the Guarani is a six-wheel drive amphibious vehicle that will serve as the basis for a new family of armoured multirole vehicles capable of carrying out reconnaissance and fire support missions.

The new Guarani vehicle weighs 18 tons and will replace the Urutu and Cascavel wheeled armoured vehicles developed in the 1970s by the former Engesa. The main feature of the Guarani is its modular design, allowing the incorporation of different turrets, weapons, sensors and communications systems on the same hull.

The new vehicles will be produced at the factory entirely dedicated to the project, within Iveco’s industrial complex at Sete Lagoas (Mato Grosso state). To date, a single prototype has been officially delivered for testing to the Army Evaluation Centre. The large-scale production of the Guarani should begin in early 2013.

     

VBTP-MR Guarani AIFV (Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicle) version of the Brazilian army.
 
 
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