The donation by the Brazilian Army of 25 M41C (Caxias) battle tanks to Uruguay is awaiting clearance through the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies, before going to the Federal Senate for final approval.
Started in 2011 and repeatedly stalled through Brazilian approval processes, the deal will see 15 of the 25 vehicles delivered to Cavalry and Armoured Infantry units of the Uruguayan Army, replacing older M24 Chaffee tanks currently in service.
The remaining 10 vehicles will be utilised for spare parts and maintenance, with Brazil’s 3rd Military Region’s Regional Maintenance Park conducting maintenance and inspection before shipment to Uruguay. In 2013 Brazil stated it would fund the cost of approximately USD150,000 to transfer the vehicles to Uruguay, although this is likely to have increased in the intervening years.
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