Brazilian Army looks to buy hundreds of weapon mounts

IHS Janes

17 August 2016

The Brazilian Army is to acquire 1,785 manned protected weapon stations for additional VBTP-MR Guarani 6×6 and initial LMV 4×4 armoured vehicles to be ordered from Iveco, a source told IHS Jane’s .

The system is meant to provide vehicle gunners with ballistic protection when firing a machine gun or 40 mm automatic grenade launcher. A tender is scheduled to be issued this year, the source told IHS Jane’s . However, no date has yet been defined.

Plasan Sasa’s GPK-EB01 station was evaluated by army’s Evaluations Center (CAEx) in April, and by the 33rd and 34th Mechanized Infantry Battalions (both within the 15th Mechanized Infantry Brigade) between 27 June and 29 July on a VBTP-MR Guarani vehicle, the Brazilian Army told IHS Jane’s .

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LMV Light Multirole Armoured Vehicle

Iveco LMV Light Multirole Vehicle is a 4×4 tactical vehicle developed by Iveco Defence Vehicles , and in service with several countries. Iveco LMV (Light Multirole Vehicle) is a 4WD tactical vehicle developed by Iveco, and in service with several countries. The Light Multipurpose Vehicle (LMV) was originally developed by the IVECO Defence Vehicles as a private venture with the first of 10 prototypes being completed in 2001. Within IVECO the LMV has the company designation of the M 65E19 WM 4 × 4.

The Iveco LMV can be fitted with a remote controlled weapon station armed with weapons up to 12,7 mm in caliber. Larger weapons systems such as air-defense missiles, shelter, box-type or even pick-up style bodies can be mounted behind a smaller two-seat cab.
Design and protection
The LMV Iveco can be fitted with modular armour, who gives a protection against any type of mine and ballistic threats, favoring crew protection versus vehicle integrity. The LMV is designed to provide the crew with the maximum possible safety against mines. The ground clearance has been maximized, moving away the origin of the explosion. No heavy mechanical element has been installed under the crew cabin and the transfer case has been moved into the rear part of the vehicle. The high payload of the LMV can be exploited for installed add-on armour kits designed since the first design phase. The basic kits provides ballistic protection against light weapons fire, while the heavier kit can protect the crew from ambushes, including mines threat.
The LMV utilizes a conventional C-section chassis but with longitudinal reinforcements and tubular cross-members to give the required torsional rigidity. At present two wheelbase lengths are available, the standard 3.2 m and the extended 3.5 m, these giving overall lengths of 4.704 and 5.504 m respectively. The LMV Iveco is motorized with a 140 KW(HP) power engine coupled to an automatic or a mechanical gearbox with with 6 forward gears and 1 reverse.
The cab is fitted with two front adjustable and suspended seats, plus three suspended seats at the rear. A winch is mounted to the front of the vehicle. The LMV vehicle has been designed with a compact profile that allows one vehicle to be carried inside a CH-47 helicopter, while a Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules transport aircraft can carry two systems internally.

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Remote controlled weapon station armed with weapons up to 12,7 mm in calibre.
Country users
Italy, United Kingdom, Belgium, Norway, Croatia, Spain, Czech Republic, Austria.
Designer Company
Iveco Defence Vehicles
Central tires inflation, armor cabin, remote weapons, winch.
STANAG 1 et 2
7,000 kg
130 km/h sur route
600 km


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