Colombia: An Overview of the Armoured Vehicle Market

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Events this year have reinforced the dynamic of operational demands that Colombian Armed Forces are currently facing. In January, it was announced that 32 8x8 wheeled combat vehicles would be purchased in order to enhance security measures along the Venezuelan border. Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzôn told the press that the nation’s military is now "stronger, more modern, and more capable" than ever when it comes to dealing with present and emerging threats.

The purchase of these (General Dynamics) APCs – at a cost of US$84m – represents a level of investment not seen in Colombia for decades. They will form part of the Army’s Combined Medium Arms Task Force based in the town of Distracciôn, La Guajira, and will take up a "defensive posture" to bolster protection of Colombian infrastructure.

Violence from rebel groups continues to prove a major threat to security forces and although peace talks with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) have been underway, some analysts see a risk that negotiations are being employed as an "offensive strategy".

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