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Latin American IFV inventories & Plans: Interactive Map

The market for Armoured Vehicles continues to be buoyant. There are still large numbers of Main Battle Tanks (MBTs) in service worldwide, with an estimated 67,825 in current inventories, 2,045 of which are in Latin America. This represents 3% of the world fleet. Explore more about the armoured car and infantry fighting vehicles inventories in this region, as well as the current plans to expand, modernise or upgrade, by interacting with our easy-to-use map.

Veículos Blindados na América Latina: Relatório de 2016

O mercado de defesa latino-americano segue amplamente ativo graças às contínuas exigências de modernização e à dependência econômica tanto da indústria local como de segurança interna.
No entanto, o potencial de crescimento do mercado, especialmente quando falamos de veículos blindados, é de difícil previsão, com algumas nações apresentando orçamentos retraídos (como o Brasil, Venezuela e Argentina) e outras ampliando suas despesas (incluindo o Peru e o México).
Desta forma, os números mais recentes mostram pequenas variações para mais ou para menos quanto à despesa regional total....

Vehiculos Blindados De America Latina Resumen De Mercado 2015-16

El mercado de defensa de América Latina sigue estando activo en gran parte gracias a requisitos de modernización continua y la dependencia económica en la industria local y en la seguridad interna.
Sin embargo, el potencial de crecimiento del mercado, particularmente cuando se refiere a vehículos blindados, es difícil de predecir, y algunas naciones tienen presupuestos contratados (como Brasil, Venezuela y Argentina) y otras redoblan los gastos (como México y Perú).
De esa forma, las últimas cifras muestran poco movimiento ascendente o descendente para la inversión regional total...[Leer el reporte completo]

Armoured Vehicles Latin America: 2016 Report

The Latin American defence market remains largely active thanks to continued modernisation requirements and the economic dependence on both local industry and internal security. However, potential for market growth, particularly when it concerns armoured vehicles, is difficult to predict, with some nations seeing contracted budgets (such as Brazil, Venezuela and Argentina) and others upping expenditure (including Mexico and Peru). As such, the latest figures see a little movement up or down for total regional spending...[Read the full report]

Armoured Vehicles Latin America Market Report 2016-17

Latin America's diverse geographies and its unique experience dealing with complex, dynamic insurgencies and transnational criminal networks sets the region apart from its global allies in many respects and, indeed, is critical in shaping requirements for and use of armoured vehicles for contemporary military operations and homeland security. Persistent threats to national security and public safety inside and beyond national borders necessitates a persistent need for armoured vehicles, which supply a critical blend of protection, mobility, adaptability and lethality for the military and police. On a strategic level, the region has a significant international voice on defence and security matters. Setting a precedent to the rest of the world with its contribution to peacekeeping is just one example of this, whilst countries like Mexico, Brazil and Colombia are building advanced defence industrial bases with increased investment into S&T. This year’s Armoured Vehicles Latin America report takes a look at the last year of developments in the region to build the framework for understanding ahead of the associated Armoured Vehicles Latin America conference.

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Textron Systems: Plans and Priorities (International Armoured Vehicles)

Textron Systems has already delivered several converted HMMWVs to Colombia, which has evaluated three partly-converted SCTVs, but has yet to decide on the scale and terms of the acquisition of more vehicles. Shortly before announcing its deal to supply the SCTV to Ukraine, Bear Midkiff, Textron’s director of Europe and Africa business operations, talks to Defence IQ about the company's activity over the past year and its priorities for 2016 and beyond. Textron Systems was the lead sponsor of International Armoured Vehicles 2016.

Global Seating Systems: Managing Director David Kiernan

Global Seating Systems (GSS) offers "the battlefield-proven credentials as a world leader in the development and production of soldier survivability systems for armored and unarmored vehicles". The US-based company has recently been approved to supply its products to the international market and as part of its business plan, will be sponsoring Armoured Vehicles Latin America. Managing Director David Kiernan explains how Defence IQ events offer an unrivaled opportunity for his business to introduce itself directly to global armed forces...

Latin America: Armoured Vehicles for Peacekeeping and Emerging Threats

With some nations experiencing deep political or economic instability to others witnessing an expansion of criminal violence, persistent security issues throughout Latin America demand that the entire region remains primed to respond to defend the civilian population. While the severity of threats should not be underestimated, some are continuing to evolve still, forcing many armed forces to reconsider its capabilities and the ways in which its armoured platforms may need to be deployed in the near future. This article explores some of the emerging criminal, economic and ecological threats occurring in the Latin America region, and how armoured vehicle investment is impacting everything from peacekeeping operations to natural disaster response.

Militarised cartels a growing threat in Latin America

In recent years, the emergence of ‘narco tanks’ in Mexico – improvised armoured vehicles used by narcotraffickers – had drawn international attention, sparking fears that intense conflict could break out regularly on city streets. However, this trend appears to have waned, falling out of favour because use of the vehicles pressed the Mexican military to begin taking part in police operations. The bigger problem now is in the use of advanced firearms and other personnel equipment typically used by soldiers. Defence IQ explores the latest developments with insight from Dr Robert Bunker (Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College) and Commander Victor Hugo Ibañez Valencia (Peruvian Marine Corps), both of whom will be speaking at this year's Armoured Vehicles Latin America conference...


Brazilian Modernization: Lt Gen Luiz Felipe Linhares Gomes

Lieutenant General Luiz Felipe Linhares Gomes, Head of the Project Management Office at the Brazilian Army, discusses immediate priorities for the Guarani programme and the emerging developments for Brazil's land forces. He also discusses the benefits of Defence IQ's Armoured Vehicles events, highlighting the level of interaction with global businesses that is otherwise difficult to initiate...

US Army Vehicle Acquisition: Lieutenant General Michael Williamson

Lt Gen Williamson is military deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology and director of Acquisition Career Management. Here, he speaks to Defence IQ's Richard de Silva about the current armoured vehicle procurement strategy as it wrestles with budget constraints and issues of interoperability.

Lieutenant General Sir Gary Coward: Chairing International Armoured Vehicles

Lt Gen (Rtd) Sir Gary Coward KBE CB, returned to chair the London-based International Armoured Vehicles conference in 2015. Here, he reflects on the most interesting discussions emerging in the conference room and the emerging trends this market has seen develop over the past year.

Thales Interview: Armoured Vehicle Communications

Thales delivers interoperable systems that are designed to work under network-centric, multi-mission military operations, giving land forces operational superiority. Laurent Letellier, Marketing Manager for Thales Communications, explains how the company is bringing advanced solutions to some of the biggest vehicle programmes of the next decade - including France's Scorpion - and discusses the distinct advantages that the Armoured Vehicles event series provides to his business.

Armoured Vehicle Developments: Brigadier (Retired) Ben Barry, IISS

Brigadier (Rtd) Ben Barry, OBE, Senior Fellow Land Warfare, International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), discusses the dynamic changes taking place in the global armoured vehicles domain, including the address of balance between light and heavy vehicles and the manner in which artillery is impacting the field, particularly in relation to the conflicts in Eastern Ukraine and the Middle East.

Chilean Marine Corps researching future vehicle needs

The nation of Chile relies heavily on its armed forces being able to access difficult to reach areas from both land and sea, be it to confront security threats or to respond to natural disasters. Here, Commander Pablo von Unger Thauby, project manager for Integrated Development, Programs and Research at the Chilean Marine Corps, provides Defence IQ with thoughts towards the service's progress and plans in the military vehicles domain following his seminar at International Armoured Vehicles 2017. Within hours of this interview, over 500 Marines were being deployed in various towns across the Bío Bío region to help contain the January 2017 wildfires that ultimately claimed many lives and destroyed thousands of hectares of land...


Peruvian Army Attendee List

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Colombian Armoured Vehicles Overview

2015 has reinforced the dynamic of operational demands that Colombian Armed Forces are currently facing. In January, it was announced that 32 8x8 wheeled combat vehicles would be purchased in order to enhance security measures along the Venezuelan border. Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón told the press that the nation’s military is now “stronger, more modern, and more capable” than ever when it comes to dealing with present and emerging threats. Colombian armoured vehicle solutions are likely to continue facing a situation of low-cost but effective weapons employed by the adversary, to which security forces will need to counter with advanced protection equipment. Should guerrilla groups be pressured to dissipate, possible power vacuums within these groups present the risk of reignited violence...

Latin American Armoured Vehicles: Market & Holdings Overview

Brush up on the latest approximate holdings, current requirements and future prospects across the armoured vehicles market in Latin America and the Caribbean. From the major developments in the likes of Brazil and Colombia, to the more niche security needs of Suriname and Ecuador, this short article provides quick insight into the region's progress...

Veículos Blindados América Latina: Inventário e planos para o futuro

Espera-se que os países da América Latina continuem seus processos de modernização das Forças Armadas nos próximos anos, com prioridade na Força Aérea e na Marinha, além de outras capacidades de guerra eletrônica e cibernética. A demanda por veículos blindados na região deve sofrer um leve aumento, mas a América Latina responderá por 4.7% do mercado global de blindados, no próximo ano...


Peruvian Armed Forces' Heavy Armoured Modernisation Programme

View Brigadier General Harold Lucho Avendaño, Evaluator Technical Committee (CETO) of the Peruvian Armed Forces' update on their Heavy Armoured Modernisation Programme (Ugarte Project) from International Armoured Vehicles XV here.

Colombian Marine Corps 2014 Update

View Major General Hector Pachon Cañon, Commanding General of the Colombian Marine Corps' update on their general operations and plans from SAMSEC 2014.

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Armoured Vehicles Latin America Market Report 2016

The Latin American defence market remains largely active thanks to continued modernisation requirements and the economic dependence on both local industry and internal security. However, potential for market growth, particularly when it concerns armoured vehicles, is difficult to predict, with some nations seeing contracted budgets (such as Brazil, Venezuela and Argentina) and others upping expenditure (including Mexico and Peru). As such, the latest figures see a little movement up or down for total regional spending...[Read the full report]

Armoured Vehicles Prospectus 2016

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Why attend a Defence IQ Armoured Vehicles conference?

The International Armoured Vehicles conference series began in the UK this year, and across 2014, will travel to Brazil, Estonia, Ethiopia and more! Missed the event? View the video and discover what Defence IQ delivered for the global community and book your place at one of our next market-leading conferences...

General Sir Peter Wall (Chief of British Army) and General Sher Karimi (Chief of Afghan Army)

Having toured the exhibition space at the 2014 International Armoured Vehicles event, the heads of the Afghanistan and British Armies stand shoulder to shoulder to heap praise on the event and the opportunities that it provides to forces hoping to forge a path ahead for land forces in tomorrow's changing world.

Brigadier General Leopoldo Quintas, Commandant, US Army Armor School

Brig Gen Leopoldo Quintas, Commandant of the US Army Armor School, explains the benefits of the Armoured Vehicles conference to his duties, including the value in being able to use the occassion to meet with his counterparts and swap notes on the future direction for collaborative forces.

Brigadier General Bodgan Tworkowski, NATO Allied Land Command HQ

Speaking at IAV 2014, Brig Gen Bodgan Tworkowski, Deputy Chief of Staff, Support, NATO Allied Land Command HQ, explains how useful the Armoured Vehicles conference is to him as he has witnessed the industry move from being a local market to a global one, in which ideas and partnerships are more frequently executed on a multinational level.


Latin American armoured vehicle programmes and requirements [Infographic]

Want to find out the latest programmes and requirements for armoured vehicles in Latin America? View our infographic revealing key projects in Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Peru and more...


How will Latin America's defence spending boom stimulate armoured vehicle procurement?

Latin American countries are expected to continue individual drives to modernise their armed forces over the coming years, with the air force, navy, and other electronic and cyber warfare capabilities prioritised. The demand for armoured vehicles in the region will witness a slight increase, but Latin America will account for just 4.7 per cent of the global armoured vehicles market into next year...

Brazilian Guarani picks up speed

March 2014
This month, the 33rd Motorized Infantry Battalion, under the15th Mechanized Infantry Brigade, will be receiving the first 13 VBTP-MR Guarani armoured personnel carrier, making it the first regular army unit to be issued with the new vehicle. Meanwhile, an 8x8 variant rolls forward for the Marines, and a 4x4 vehicle, under the same project, is set to receive international tender in Q2 2014...