First batch of Brazil­ian Army’s new ar­moured ve­hi­cle de­liv­ered in Paraná

SP's MAI - - MILITARY -

The Brazil­ian Army has re­ceived the first batch of Guarani wheeled ar­moured ve­hi­cles, de­vel­oped in con­junc­tion with Italy’s IVECO and which it plans to buy in over 2,000 copies, in­clud­ing spe­cial ver­sions. The first batch of 13 ve­hi­cles was of­fi­cially handed over to the 33rd Mech­a­nised In­fantry Bat­tal­ion in Cas­cavel, in Western Paraná state, in a cer­e­mony at­tended by the De­fense Min­is­ter, Celso Amorim, and the Army Com­man­der, Gen­eral Enzo Martins Peri.

De­vel­oped from re­search un­der­taken by dif­fer­ent units of the Depart­ment of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy of the Army, the Guarani fam­ily of ar­moured ve­hi­cles is be­ing pro­duced in part­ner­ship with the Ital­ian multi­na­tional Iveco, which built an in­dus­trial fa­cil­ity for this pur­pose in the city of Sete Lagoas (Mato Grosso state). The in­tel­lec­tual property of the Guarani – which is planned to be ex­ported – be­longs to the Brazil­ian Army.

The Guarani will re­place the Cas­cavel and Urutu fam­i­lies of ar­moured ve­hi­cles that the mil­i­tary has op­er­ated for al­most 40 years in the mil­i­tary. It is ex­pected that an­other 86 ve­hi­cles to be de­liv­ered by the end of the year to the in­fantry bat­tal­ions sta­tioned in Foz do Iguaçu (PR), Apu­carana (PR), Fran­cisco Bel­tran (PR) and the Ar­mored In­struc­tion Cen­ter in Santa Maria (RS).

With a ca­pac­ity for 11 men – nine com­bat troops, a gun­ner and a driver – Guarani con­tains, in ad­di­tion to air con­di­tion­ing, a num­ber of tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tions: low ther­mal and radar sig­na­ture, which makes its lo­ca­tion by en­e­mies more dif­fi­cult; ar­moured pro­tec­tion against ar­mour-pierc­ing and in­cen­di­ary am­mu­ni­tion and an­ti­tank mines, GPS nav­i­ga­tion, ABS brakes, night vi­sion, a 383 hp en­gine al­low­ing a max­i­mum speed of 100 kmph; a bat­tle­field man­age­ment sys­tem, and a sys­tem pro­vid­ing sit­u­a­tional aware­ness.

The Guarani is also pre­pared for swim­ming, with rear pro­pel­lers that pro­vide am­phibi­ous ca­pa­bil­ity. Its tur­rets can be equipped with 30mm can­non ammo, as well as .50 cal­i­bre and 7.62mm ma­chine guns. It is de­signed to en­gage air and ground tar­gets.

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