Iveco Defence Vehicles delivered the first of 32 LVM-BR armoured vehicles to the Brazilian Army from its Sete Lagoas facility in Brazil on 27 April.

The framework contract for the Viatura Blindada Multitarefa, Leve de Rodas (VBMT-LR) 4x4 programme was signed in 2019 and all 32 vehicles will be delivered by next year, as part of the Army’s modernisation process.

In addition to the LMV’s standard features, all these vehicles are fitted with customised weapons and C2 systems. The LMV-BR was selected as the new VBMT-LR in 2015 and the programme envisions total procurement of up to 186 vehicles: Iveco expects to commence manufacture of the next batch in 2022. The company already supplies the GUARANI VBTP amphibious family of vehicles to the Army – over 480 have now been delivered since 2012, and several 6x6 units have also been supplied to export customers.

The effective partnership between Iveco Defence Vehicles and the Brazilian Army is now consolidated with this second line of product, and the local manufacturing capabilities are strengthening and reinforcing the national defence industrial base in the land systems domain, with a fully qualified workforce and a robust network of local suppliers and supply-chain partners.

The first LMV-BR was handed over to the Brazilian Army customer at Iveco’s Sete Lagoas manufacturing facility on 27 April. (Photos: Iveco Defence Vehicles)

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