Being shown for the first time at IDEX is the Viatura Blindada Transporte de Pessoal (VBTP) 6x6 amphibious armoured personnel carrier (APC), now in production for the Brazilian Army under the name of ‘Guarani’.
The VBTP has been developed by Iveco Defence Vehicles (Stand 06-B07) in close collaboration with Iveco Brazil and the Brazilian Army as the replacement for the ENGESA EE-11 (6x6) APC developed many years ago. The Brazilian Army already signed a contract valued at €2 billion for 2,044 vehicles, and production is now ramping up, with about 70 vehicles delivered to date.
Late in 2014, Iveco Defence Vehicles signed a contract with the Lebanon for the supply of 80 military and police vehicles; this included a batch of 10 VBTP and 26 Light Multirole Vehicles (LMVs). The VBTPs will come from the Brazilian production line, while the LMVs are coming from the Italian Bolzano production line.
The VBTP has a hull of all-welded steel with appliqué armour for a higher level of protection, and is normally armed with a remote weapon Kastation mounting a 30mm cannon and 7.62mm coaxial machine gun.
The version being shown at IDEX is in the unarmed APC configuration, with a crew of three and eight dismounts. The Brazilian Army will also deploy a number of more specialised versions of the VBTP, such as ambulance and command post.
To reduce life-cycle costs, the VBTP uses proven commercial off-the- shelf sub-systems, including an Iveco FPT 9-litre 338hp diesel engine coupled to an automatic transmission and transfer box. The VBTP is fully amphibious, being propelled in the water by two propellers mounted one either side at the rear.
The company is working on an 8x8 version with a 105mm gun as a replacement for the EE-9 Cascavel armoured cars used by the Brazilian Army.