The Brazilian Army's Logistics Command (CoLog) will award Iveco Latin America a contract for 1,580 serial production VBTP-MR Guarani 6x6 amphibious armored vehicles on 22 November, the service's Projects Management Office told IHS Jane's .
The fleet, to be delivered from 2016-35, will comprise troop transport, communications, command post, ambulance, and 120 mm mortar vehicles. CoLog is buying the platforms in batches of 723, 547, 275, and 35 vehicles, as well as associated equipment and services totalling BRL5.9 billion (USD1.76 billion). Several will be armed with manned protected weapon mounts and ARES Aeroespacial & Defesa's REMAX and UT-30BR remote weapon stations.
The acquisition is part of Army Strategic Project Guarani (PEE Guarani) and is to complement 203 vehicles previously delivered via separate contracts.
In standard configuration the 6x6 features a 383 hp FPT Industrial Cursor 9F2C engine; ZF Friedrichshafen 6HP602S automatic transmission; Bosch Rexroth A2FM80 water propellers; Harris Falcon III radio with integrated GPS; Thales SOTAS intercom; a battle management system featuring Geocontrol CTM1-EB displays and SGB software from army's Software Development Center; Téléflow central tyre-inflation system, Aero Sekur NBC protection system; Martec automatic fire sensing and suppression system; driver's digital dashboard; CANBUS type 24V electric system; shock absorbing seats; Orlaco Products driver's cameras; Euroar air conditioning system; Hutchinson runflat system; Dana drive axles; Iveco transfer case and suspension; a mine and ballistic protection suite; and provision for ballistic add-on armour.
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