IVECO is displaying the first prototype of the VBTP amphibious armored vehicle destined for the Brazilian Army. The vehicle is the first of a 2044 production series to be manufactured by Iveco in Brazil. After the exhibit follows the prototype for the proving ground of the Brazilian Army in Marambaia (RJ), for a period of testing. At the same time, Iveco Defence Vehicles will start the construction of a pilot batch of 16 vehicles set out in the period of development.

The VBTP. Photo: Tamir Eshel, Defense-Update
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Photo: Tamir Eshel, Defense-Update

Iveco displayed a fully configured version of the 6×6 VBTP vehicle, developed for the Brazilian Army, to be produced in Brazil. The vehicle was displayed with a UT-30 unmanned weapon station mounting the 30mm automatic cannon, optronic systems and laser-warning sensors. the internal view shows the side mounted individual seating arrangement, with three crew positions at the front (driver, commander at left, gunner at right.

Iveco announced the creation of a new division – Iveco Defence Vehicles, whose first action will be managing the project’s Armored Vehicle Transport Personnel (VBTP-MR), amphibious vehicle, which the company developed in conjunction with the Brazilian Army. The new division begins with an investment of $ 75 million to build a manufacturing facility within the industrial complex of Iveco in Sete Lagoas in Brazil.

Besides the armored vehicles, the new business unit will produce militarized modified versions of Iveco trucks, as it already does in Europe.

Photo: Tamir Eshel, Defense-Update


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