First pictures of the VBTP-MR (Viatura Blindada Transporte de Pessoal – Media de Rodas) Guarani 6×6 armored personnel carriers sure for the Philippine Military, as 5 models have been stated to have been handed over by IVECO Latin America to Elbit Techniques for integration of Elbit-supplied tools. The 5 armored personnel carriers are anticipated to be delivered to the Philippines quickly. It stays to be seen if the mixing of Elbit-supplied methods will probably be made within the Philippines. Elbit Techniques gained the Wheeled Armored Personnel Service Acquisition Mission of the Philippine Military and is about to ship 28 models of the Guarani 6×6 APC. The contract was signed for $47 million.

The VBTP-MR Guarani is a 6×6 armoured personnel provider developed by Iveco and the Brazilian Military as a part of its “Urutu-III” modernization program aimed to switch all EE-11 Urutu by 2015. The Brazilian Military has signed with Iveco a contract value about €2.5 billion for supplying armoured personnel carriers of the VBTP-MR mannequin. The 8×8 model of the VBTP-MR is the bottom of Iveco’s Superav armoured personnel provider. In this system different Brazilian Firms additionally participated, resembling IMBEL (Communications), Elbit (Armaments), Usiminas and Villares (growth of nationwide ballistic structural metal).


Elbit Techniques to Ship VBTP-MR Guarani 6×6 Armored Personnel Carriers to Philippine Military. (Picture by Iveco Latin)

The primary characteristic of this new household must be its modular design, permitting the incorporation of various turrets, weapons, sensors and communications methods onto the identical carriage. The event program additionally embrace a communications model, an ambulance model and totally different fireplace help variations, armed with massive calibre mortar and gun methods. Brazilian Military additionally issued operational necessities for quite a lot of derivatives of the Guarani. This new household of automobiles will embrace command car, technical help car, armored ambulance, 120 mm mortar provider, fireplace path car and eight×8 model for Brazilian Marines.

VBTP-MR Guarani is powered by IVECO Cursor 9 turbocharged diesel engine, creating 383 hp. Engine is situated on the hull entrance. It was deliberate that this engine will probably be produced in Brazil by FIAT. Engine is mated with an computerized transmission. Automobile has a hydropneumatic suspension. This APC is totally amphibious. Modular facet floats might be added for improved floatation. Baseline APC might be airlifted by the C-130 Hercules or by Embraer KC-390 future Brazilian army cargo plane. Automobile has a crew of two and is designed to move 9 troops. Troops enter and depart the car through the rear doorways or roof hatches.