Israel based Elbit Systems Ltd and its Brazilian subsidiary Aeroeletrônica Ltda (AEL) was awarded by the Brazilian Army (Exército Brasileiro-EB) a framework contract valued of R$465.168 Million for the supply of 216 UT30 BR (Unmanned Turret) remotely controlled weapon stations which will be armed with a MK44 30 mm gun, a coaxial 7.62mm light machine gun and equipped with electro-optical sensors.

This award follows a previous contract to supply 03 UT30 weapon stations.

UT30BR systems are to be installed onboard VBTP-MR (Viatura Blindada de Transporte de Pessoal-Média sobre Rodas) Guarani 6×6 amphibian armoured vehicles procured by Brazil to Iveco Latin America on behalf of Italy based Iveco Defence Vehicles SpA.

According an R$6 Billion contract firmed in 18 December 2009, the Brazilian Army has contracted a total of 2044 vehicles in several versions including troop transport, mortar carrier, ambulance, command post, command and control, repair, recovery, reconnaissance, fire control system variants to be delivered from 2012.

Weapon stations to be fitted in the Guarani fleet includes as well the LCTS90 from CMI Defence and REMAX (Reparo de Metralhadora Automatizado X) light remotely controlled weapon station from Ares Aeroespecial e Defesa SA which is now part of Elbit Systems Ltd. Some vehicles could be fitted with a protected manned turret from W&E Platt Pty Ltd.

The first Guarani prototype is scheduled to be ready for trials in March PoADU has learned. The fleet is to replace EE-11 Urutu e EE-9 Cascavel wheeled armoured vehicles.

UT 30 systems has been to date procured by countries like Belgium, Brazil, Portugal and Slovenia.

(Elbit Systems Ltd).


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