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Brazilian Army adds to protected mobility with Iveco LMV 4x4s

The Brazilian Army will further augment its wheeled armoured mobility with the expected commissioning of 32 Iveco Defence Vehicles Light Multirole Vehicle (LMV) 4x4 protected vehicles in a multi-role version, which could take part in the country’s future peacekeeping missions abroad.

An initial 32 LMVs with technical documentation, tools, training, and a three-year support package were purchased from CNH Industrial Brasil for BRL67.845 million (USD14.7 million) on 6 November 2019 by the Fabrication Directorate to meet the VBMT-LSR project (Viatura Blindada Multitarefa-Leve Sobre Rodas) as part of the army’s Strategic Program ‘Guarani’, an army spokesperson told Jane’s .

The first vehicle is scheduled to be handed over from Italy in August to Brazil’s Army Evaluation Center for testing, Iveco revealed. Fifteen vehicles are to be delivered in 2021 and the last 16 are scheduled for delivery in 2022. The type will be tested by the 15th Mechanized Infantry Brigade.

The Brazilian Army is to receive 32 LMVs between 2020 and 2022. (Victor Barreira)

The Brazilian Army is to receive 32 LMVs between 2020 and 2022. (Victor Barreira)

Two batches of 77 vehicles each are to be purchased later, with production to be gradually transferred to Brazil, and several variants are planned including multi-role, electronic warfare, anti-tank guided missile, surveillance radar, and CBRN reconnaissance. The acquisition of more vehicles beyond this is possible.

At its core, the Brazilian LMV with standard cab is a 7.5-tonne vehicle, with an overall length of 4.8 m, width of 2 m, height of 2 m, payload of 1,000 kg, 500 km maximum range, top speed of 90 km/h, and a crew of five.

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