The Brazilian Army has awarded a contract of approximately $3.58bn (€2.5bn) to Iveco Latin America for the provision of the base model of the new family of armoured personnel carriers (VBTP-MR).

Under the 20-year contract, Iveco will supply 2,044 units of VBTP-MR family of diesel engined vehicles to increase the effectiveness of the land forces, increasing capacity to act in several missions.

The 18t VBTP-MR is a 6×6 drive, amphibious vehicle used for several different applications that can be equipped with a remote control turret and transported by an C-130 Hercules aircraft.

The 6.91m-long, 2.7m-wide and 2.34m-high VBTP-MR can accommodate 11 soldiers. The vehicles will replace the old models currently in service with the Brazilian armed forces.

The first prototype of VBTP-MR is under construction in Brazil and will be ready in the first half of 2010. A pilot batch of 16 vehicles will be produced between 2010 and 2011.

Production work is scheduled to start in 2012 at Iveco’s facility in Brazil and is expected to be complete by 2030.

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