Portuguese special forces to receive Urovesa VAMTAC ST5 tactical vehicles


The Special Operations Force of the Portuguese Army is scheduled to receive twelve VAMTAC ST5 4x4 special operations vehicles manufactured by Urovesa.
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VAMTAC ST5 (Picture source: Twitter account of Victor Barreira)


The Special Operations Force of the Portuguese Army is scheduled to receive twelve Uovesa VAMTAC (Vehículo de Alta Movilidad Táctico) ST5 4x4 special operations vehicles in 2020. Two versions will be available. Each vehicle will include three weapon mounts, advanced C2 suite, and two Rheinmetall Rosy_L – Rapid Obscuring Systems.

The 4x4 URO VAMTAC has a 100% differentials locking system on both axles operated from the dashboard by electro-pneumatic switches. The vehicle is fitted with Steyr Motors' M16 6-cylinder, turbocharged diesel engine, whose power ranges from 135 to 200kW, coupled to a five-speed automatic transmission. It can reach 135 km/h, with a maximum cruising range of 600 km. It can negotiate 70% gradients and 50% side slopes. The vehicle has a length of 4.845 m, a width of 2.175 m and a height of 1.9 m. The curb weight of the vehicle ranges from 3,000 kilograms to 3,500 kg and has a payload capacity ranging from 1,500 kg to 2,000 kg.

VAMTAC is available in a wide range of versions with different body types. Notable variants include an ambulance, an anti-tank vehicle armed with guided missiles and an anti-aircraft vehicle armed with Mistral surface-to-air missiles.

Rheinmetall’s 40mm Rosy_L smoke protection system offers light military and civilian vehicle protection from unexpected attacks, e.g. during patrols or when travelling in convoys. Unlike the conventional smoke protection systems in use, Rosy_L is able to generate dynamic smoke screens as well as spontaneous, large-area and multispectral interruption of the line of sight (LOS). Moreover, its multimission capability represents a sure defense against stream and wave attacks. Due to its integrated IR jamming and decoying capabilities, Rosy_L effectively counters all TV-, EO-, IR-, IIR-, laser- and SACLOS-guided weapons. Rosy_L comprises a basic system with a control device and one to four ROSY launchers per vehicle. By means of a one-click adapter, the system can be quickly mounted to the vehicle without tools, and just as quickly removed and stowed. The latest version of Rosy is the modular Rosy_Mod. It is designed for small weapon stations and light vehicles of the kind used by special operations forces. Rosy_Mod is integrated directly into the vehicle without a surface-mounted launcher, thus making it undetectable.


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VAMTAC ST5 (Picture source: Twitter account of Victor Barreira)


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