Saturday, August 11th 2012 - 10:23 UTC

Brazil signs contract for the purchase of wheeled armour personnel carriers

The Brazilian Army and Iveco signed this week a contract for the purchase of 86 VBTP MR wheeled armoured personnel carriers known as Guarani. President of Iveco Latin America, Marco Mazzu, said that he was proud to participate in the “renaissance of the defence industry in Brazil”.

The order is for 86 VBTP Guaraní developed by the Army and Iveco

Minister Celso Amorim, in turn, said the start of production of the Guarani marks the implementation of the Defence Organization and Equipment Plan (PAED).

He said that it is noteworthy that “the PAED is becoming reality,” and that its implementation will contribute to strengthen the Brazilian defence industry.

Amorim also noted that 48 of 86 vehicles under the contract were included in the Growth Acceleration Program (PAC) financing facilities of the Federal Government. Altogether, the Ministry of Defence will receive 1.527 billion Reais’ worth of PAC equipment.

In addition to the 40 Guarani vehicles, the funds will be used for purchase of 4.170 trucks and 30 Astros 2020 missile launch Vehicles. The transfer of the funds money was authorized in late June, through a Provisional Measure signed by President Rousseff.

Developed with Brazilian technology through a joint project between the Army Technology Centre and Iveco, part of the Fiat Industrial Group, the Guarani is a six-wheel drive amphibious vehicle that will serve as the basis for a new family of armoured multi-mission vehicles capable of carrying out reconnaissance and fire support missions.

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1 British_Kirchnerist (#) Aug 11th, 2012 - 08:37 pm Report abuse
President of Iveco Latin America, Marco Mazzu, said that he was proud to participate in the “renaissance of the defence industry in Brazil”

What a shame. A region of peace would be much better, but Latin America clearly isn't going to accept agression
2 cornishair (#) Aug 12th, 2012 - 01:38 pm Report abuse
from who BK?, most likely a south amercian neighbour.
3 ChrisR (#) Aug 12th, 2012 - 01:44 pm Report abuse
Hang on a cotton picking minute!

I thought Putridjelly had 'announced' a programm of co-operation whereby Argentina and Brasil were jointly to 'design and manufacture a new armoured multi-wheel drive vehicle'.

How can it possibly be that Brasil are ignoring TMBOA AGAIN!!!

She will be scweeming and scweeming again: hope the aneurism comes soon. :o)
4 mastershakejb (#) Aug 12th, 2012 - 07:31 pm Report abuse
¨Mayor Macri, who is the main leader of the opposition and the candidate with greatest chances for the 2015 presidential election.¨
lol, who could possibly want to be president of Argentina in 2015? Cristina´s gonna leave the country a complete and total wreck. Whoever takes over will be walking straight into a minefield. I wouldn´t want to be pres of Argentina even if they offered it to me right now free of charge.
5 toooldtodieyoung (#) Aug 12th, 2012 - 08:34 pm Report abuse
4 mastershakejb

Agreed, Argentina will be wreak, so ANYTHING that he does will be for the good won't it?

But, you are still right, who would want that job?
6 Fred (#) Aug 13th, 2012 - 12:35 pm Report abuse
@ 2 cornishair: Neighbors are not a threat. The last conflict between Brazil and a neighbor was the Paraguay war and it ended in 1870.
7 British_Kirchnerist (#) Aug 13th, 2012 - 04:31 pm Report abuse
#4 Neither would I, but only because I wouldn't want Cristina to go =)

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