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Brazil soon to evaluate locally developed fast attack vehicle

16 October 2017

The Brazilian Army Evaluations Center (CAEx) will trial a pilot batch of the 4x4 Chivunk unarmoured air-transportable fast attack vehicle developed by the Army Technological Center (CTEx).

Up to four Chivunk 4x4s can be lifted in a C-130 Hercules and up to six by KC-390 aircraft. (Victor Barreira)Up to four Chivunk 4x4s can be lifted in a C-130 Hercules and up to six by KC-390 aircraft. (Victor Barreira)

CAEx later in October will begin a preliminary evaluation of 10 vehicles manufactured between 2013 and 2017 by CEPPE Equipamentos Industriais e Comércio under a BRL3.36 million (USD1.2 million) contract awarded in October 2013. Trials are scheduled to conclude by February 2018.

After evaluation is complete CAEx will then provide its approval or disapproval for a serial production decision. The army hopes to buy around 30 vehicles for rapid reaction forces such as the Parachute Infantry Brigade (Bda Inf Pqd), which would use the platforms for reconnaissance, utility, MEDEVAC, 120 mm mortar towing, and more.

Chivunk includes a 140 hp MWM Motores Diesel Sprint-series 4.07 TCE Euro III diesel engine, Eaton FS2305A manual transmission, Agrale transfer case, double wishbone independent suspension, 3-tonne winch, and a 12 V electrical system. Mission fittings include weapon mount for 12.7x99 mm M2HB or 7.62x51 mm MAG58M machine gun, two assault rifles, two anti-armour weapons, 76 mm smoke grenade dischargers, and communications gear.

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