Brazil Defence Industry Series

Armoured Vehicles Brazil: Information Pack 2013

Posted: 04/03/2013

This report offers an overview of armoured vehicle opportunities in Brazil, with the material derived directly from Defence IQ. It has been compiled in conjunction with the Armoured Vehicles Brazil conference, 26 – 28thJune 2013.


In 2009 the Brazilian Defence Minister, Nelson Jobim, announced the beginning of a $6 billion contract to supply the Brazilian Army with 2,044 new armoured vehicles. According to IVECO’s Latin American president Marco Mazzu, the Guarani is one many programmes lending to the "renaissance of the defence industry in Brazil."

Originally known as the URUTU-III modernisation programme, the Guarani Viatura Blindada Transporte de Pessoal, Media de Rodas (VBTP-MR) is a 6 x 6 armoured personnel carrier that began life in the 1990s.

After years of discussions the Brazilian Army finally signed a $118.6 million deal last year with Iveco for the initial build and delivery of the first 86 Guarani units, with large scale production due to begin this year.

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Posted: 04/03/2013