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    Jane's Defence Weekly - February 06, 2008

    Uruguay proceeds with rifle buy, land system plans

    Emmanuel Ferrario JDW Correspondent Montevideo
    Additional reporting by José Higuera Correspondent Santiago

    The Uruguayan military has moved ahead with a decision to acquire the 5.56 mm Steyr AUG A3 rifles.

    The move follows a stalled decision in 2007 to buy Kalashnikov 5.56 mm AK-101 rifles to replace ageing Argentine-made 7.62 mm FN FAL assault rifles.

    The first batch of 3,500 Austrian-made A3 rifles has been ordered to equip combat units at home and forces deployed abroad in peacekeeping operations. Sources informed Jane's that the navy's marine infantry troops would also receive a shipment of 1,500 rifles.

    Criticism of the handling of the rifle selection forced a temporary suspension of plans to buy two secondhand João Belo-class frigates from Portugal to replace the French-built Commandant Rivière-class frigates currently in Uruguayan Navy service.

    Reports have also surfaced that the government is in negotiations to order a 1,500-ton, 85 m offshore patrol vessel from Chilean naval shipyard ASMAR. The reports, echoed in Chile, said the patrol boat procurement is part of an agreement for military co-operation signed in 2007 by the Uruguayan and Chilean governments.

    Other procurement plans now expected to be finalised include the acquisition of a number of UH-1H helicopters from Spanish and German surplus supplies, Dornier Do-228 light transport aircraft from Germany, M113 tracked armoured personnel carriers (APCs) from Belgium and wheeled APCs from Canada.

    The acquisition of a number of secondhand Canadian-built Piranha 8 x 8 wheeled APCs is said to be under negotiation with Chile. Uruguay has also received 40 Canadian-built Mowag 6 x 6 Bison armoured cars.

    The vehicles were acquired from Canadian surplus supplies and are will be sent to Chile for refurbishment and upgrade by FAMAE, a state-owned company administered by the Chilean Army, under a USD3 million contract.

    The 6 x 6 armoured cars will be refurbished at FAMAE facilities by the Chilean Army's Limache Logistic and Maintenance Battalion in Santiago. Besides engine and transmission refurbishment, some of the vehicles are going to receive a Kuka turret with a 20 mm gun. Others will be modified to the troop transport variant standard.

    2008 Jane's Information Group

  • #2
    Alianza

    Sería buena una alianza estratégica Chile -Uruguay.-( Contra nadie, por si las moscas).-
    Saludos.-

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    • #3
      Originalmente publicado por Luchín Ver Mensaje
      The 6 x 6 armoured cars will be refurbished at FAMAE facilities by the Chilean Army's Limache Logistic and Maintenance Battalion in Santiago. Besides engine and transmission refurbishment, some of the vehicles are going to receive a Kuka turret with a 20 mm gun. Others will be modified to the troop transport variant standard.

      2008 Jane's Information Group
      En FIDAE fue mostrado un Mowag refaccionado por FAMAE y que sería parte del lote que se entregaría al EU. Según versión de un forista uruguayo que asistió al evento y conversó con el director de la empresa chilena, todos los Mowag tendrán la configuración de transporte de tropa, incluso serán entregados desarmados, aparentemente la torre Kuka queda descartada.

      Esta es una foto del Mowag visto en FIDAE colgada en Uruguay Militaria.
      http://www.uruguaymilitaria.com/Foro...=292&mode=view

      Saludos.
      La fuerza de un Ejercito no está en sus armas, sino en el coraje y valor de sus hombres

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        Originalmente publicado por efe1 Ver Mensaje
        Sería buena una alianza estratégica Chile -Uruguay.-( Contra nadie, por si las moscas).-
        Saludos.-
        Porque a Chile le convendría tener una alianza con Uruguay?. Dificil respuesta.

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