’s ministry of Defense awarded Aeroeletronica ( ) was a multi-year framework contract by worth up R$440 million ian Reais (approximately $260 million), for the delivery of ‘several hundreds’ UT30BR unmanned gun turrets. The new turrets mounting 30mm automatic cannons will be integrated on 6×6 armored vehicles developed by IVECO.
Starting in 2012 the Brazilian Army is planning to buy 2,044armored vehicles over 20 years, under a multi-year program valued at R$6 billion (about US$3.5 billion). The pre-production series of 16 will enter testing in 2011. These vehicles will be assembled in Brazil from imported components and subsystems. Eventually, the program is planned to include 60% domestic content, aiming to reduce production costs and maintenance. The will replace the obsolete 6×6 Urutu vehicle currently used by the Brazilian armed forces.
is a fully owned subsidiary of (NASDAQ: ESLT), ’s largest defense company. This award follows an award of a contract to in 2009 to supply several Unmanned Turrets in an open tender in which leading global manufacturers took part. Deliveries of the unmanned turrets will be determined according to a schedule and a multi-year funding profile to be defined by the parties.
UT30 turrets have already been integrated in a number of vehicles, and delivered to several European armies, among them the Belgian Piranha, the AMV for Slovenia and Portuguese Pandur II.