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DEFENCE TECHNOLOGY REVIEW | ISSUE 03 | OCT 2014
Iveco turns out 100th Guarani 6x6
Canada seeks firepower boost
IVECO LATIN AMERICA completed
production of the 100th VBTP-MR Gua-
rani 6x6 medium armoured personnel
carrier (APC) for the Brazilian Army on
It is anticipated that an extra 28 vehicles
will have been added to that production
total by the end of December 2014.
According to 2015 budget allocations,
BRL200 million has been earmarked for
the Logistics Command to acquire a fol-
low-on quantity of 56 Guarani vehicles
THE CANADIAN ARMY is set to receive
enhancements to its direct and indirect
fire support capabilities under a number of
projects contained in the recently released
Defence Acquisition Guide 2014.
Among them are plans to replace the
in-service M2 Carl Gustaf 84mm re-
coilless rifle with a new 84mm recoilless
rifle, either the Saab Carl-Gustaf M3 or
M4 84mm medium-range man-porta-
ble weapon system, via the 84mm Carl-
Gustaf Upgrade project .
Whilst still somewhat a long-term vi-
sion - with first deliveries of the selected
weapon not scheduled until 2026 - the
new 84mm recoilless weapon system
will be lighter than the in-service Carl-
Gustaf M2, feature a new day/night heavy
weapons sight and fire control system
(FCS) for firing under low visibility/low
light conditions and be compatible with
existing and future 84mm ammunition
The new weapon’s FCS may include a
laser rangefinder and the ability to com-
pensate for metrological conditions and
gunner movement. The CAN$50-$99
million project is also expected to deliver a
A Guarani 6x6 APC fitted with the UT-
30BR 30mm remotely-operated turret.
during the financial year.
In March this year, the Army’s 15th
Mechanized Infantry Brigade was the first
frontline unit to receive an operational
quantity of Guarani vehicles.
The VBTP-MR program will progres-
sively replace the obsolete EE-11 Uru-
tu and EE-9 Cascavel wheeled light ar-
moured vehicles with up to 2,044 Guarani
variants. Deliveries are planned to contin-
ue out to 2031.
In addition to the APC version, Guara-
ni variants will include ambulance, com-
mand and control, command post, fire di-
rection, maintenance, mortar and repair/
Most Guarani variants will receive the
Elbit Systems UT-30BR remotely operated
30mm cannon turret, an Ares REMAX
stabilised remote weapon system for the
M2 12.7mm heavy machine gun (HMG)
or a Platt MR550 Shielded Ring Mount
for the M2 HMG or MAG-58 7.62mm
general purpose machine gun.
simulation system, training equipment and
integrated logistic support.
A separate project will acquire new
smoke, illumination and anti-structure
ammunition types for the existing Carl-
Gustaf weapon. The latter, likely to be the
Saab ASM 509 Anti-Structure Munition,
will provide the capability to engage targets
behind walls, structures and fortifications.
Contract award is planned for 2015, with
final delivery of new ammunition sched-
uled for 2017.
The Army will also see its elderly C3
81mm mortar (local designation for the
British L16 81mm mortar) replaced with
a new 81mm mortar as one element of the
Indirect Fire Modernization project
The new mortar will likely operate in
both ground-fired (dismounted) and ve-
hicle-mounted roles. As for replacement
of the in-service M2 Carl Gustaf 84mm
weapon, the new mortars will not enter
service until around the middle of next
In addition to a new 81mm mortar
system, Canada is set to eventually
acquire a new 84mm recoilless rifle to
replace the in-service Carl-Gustaf M2
model. Image: ADF
First flight for RAF A400M
The first Airbus A400M Atlas airlifter ordered by the Royal Air
Force (RAF) has made its maiden flight, marking a key milestone
towards its delivery. The aircraft, designated MSN15, took off
from Seville, Spain, on 30 August and successfully undertook a
five hour flight.
The A400M, which is a collaborative venture involving the
governments and industries of six European countries, will
support the deployment of the Joint Rapid Reaction Force and
will replace the C-130K and give the RAF a tactical and strategic
oversize airlift aircraft capable of supporting all three services
and be interoperable with other nations.
Operated by two pilots and a weapons systems operator
(crewman), the aircraft can carry 25 tonne loads over a range of
2,000nm at speeds comparable with pure-jet military transports.
It will be capable of operating either at low-level (down to
150ft) or at high-level altitudes to 40,000ft, and be able to
deploy troops and/or equipment between and within theatres
of operation either by parachute (up to 108 paratroopers), or by
landing on short, unprepared or semi-prepared strips.
The RAF will take delivery of its first of 22 aircraft in the 4th
quarter of 2014, with deliveries expected to be complete by
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Deliveries of the first of 22 A400M airlifters for the RAF are imminent. Image: Airbus
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