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Ares and Equitron team to give new life to Cascavel AFV

16 April 2019
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Brazil's Ares Aeroespacial e Defesa (an Elbit Systems subsidiary) has joined with local company Equitron Automação Eletrônico Mecanica to integrate its TORC30 modular protected remote-controlled weapon station to Equitron's EE-9 Cascavel NG 6×6 armored reconnaissance vehicle platform. The new solution was unveiled at the LAAD Defence & Security 2019 exhibition held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 2 to 5 April.

Negotiations are under way with the Army Technological Center (CTEx) to conduct mobility and firing tests of the vehicle at the Army Evaluations Center.

Equitron unveiled in September 2016 an improved Brazilian Army Cascavel series vehicle, which was developed under 2015 contracts awarded by War Arsenal of São Paulo (AGSP). It includes a new steering system, air conditioning unit, run-flat tires, improved braking system, independent suspension, auxiliary power unit (APU), new powerpack, the latest generation communications and more. The original 90 mm turret system received new drive controls, an anti-tank missile launcher, a multi-spectral electro-optical (EO) surveillance system, and other upgrades. The vehicle platform was equipped with provision for a driver's vision enhancer.

The TORC30 is designed to engage ground and air moving targets and was developed with the CTEx between July 2012 and December 2016, via financing by the Funding Authority for Studies and Projects (Finep) through the Research, Development, and Innovation Support Foundation of the Brazilian Army.

The Cascavel NG shown with a TORC30 weapon system. (Victor Barreira)The Cascavel NG shown with a TORC30 weapon system. (Victor Barreira)

It features a two-axis gyro-stabilised turret with NATO STANAG 4569 Level 2 ballistic protection, expandable up to Level 4, an electrical drive control system, dual-feeding ammunition, a Rheinmetall MK30-2/ABM cannon that fires 600 rds/min, 7.62×51mm FN Herstal MAG58 coaxial machine gun, Elbit Systems E-LAWS laser warning system, eight 76 mm smoke grenade dischargers, two magazines with a capacity of 150 and 50 30×173 mm rounds, respectively, a magazine with a capacity of 500 7.62×51 mm rounds, and a gunner's EO surveillance system consisting of a Copenhagen Sensor Technology (CST) HD camera, Elbit Systems thermal camera and laser range finder, and Elbit Systems control station featuring 10.4" LCD display and controls.

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