Iveco delivers first Guarani 6x6

June 15, 2012 at 1:12 PM

PARIS, June 15 (UPI) -- The Brazilian military this week took delivery of the first pre-series Guarani armored vehicle ordered from Italy's Iveco Defense Vehicles.

The Guarani is a 6x6 amphibious vehicle developed by Iveco in partnership with the Brazilian army's Department of Science and Technology under a contract awarded by the government in 2009.

It weighs about 20 tons, is 26 feet long and is powered by a FPT Industrial Cursor 9 engine. The Guarani can carry a variety of weapons systems and can be transported by aircraft such as the C-139 Hercules Embraer KC-390.

The hand-over took place with a formal ceremony at the Eurosatory exhibition in France.

Main assemblies of the vehicle are commercial off-the-shelf products.

The production project envisaged is for the manufacture of 100 vehicles per year for 20 years. They will be constructed at a facility being built in Brazil and scheduled for completion this year.

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