The Chilean government is planning to transfer up to 100 Piranha 6×6 armoured personnel carriers (APCs) from the army to the Carabineros, the national police force.
The army is set to be compensated with funding to acquire new armoured vehicles from 2020 under long-delayed plans to turn motorised infantry units into mechanised ones, according to senior military sources.
The need to equip the Carabineros, which is a military reserve force in addition to its primary law enforcement role, with a large number of military-type armoured vehicles has been under discussion since 2015.
In 2018 15 Piranhas were hurriedly transferred from the army to the police for use in southern areas experiencing unrest.
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