The VBTP is a new family of 19,6 tonnes 6x6 armoured, amphibious vehicles, developed jointly by Iveco and the Brazilian Army (DCT - Department of Science and Technology) following the contract signed in 2009. Fitted with an Iveco-FPT 9-litre, 281 kW (383 HP) bi-fuel common-rail engine, coupled to an automatic gearbox, the VBTP can carry 11 personnel. It is 7.0 metres long, 2.7 metres wide and 2.3 metres in height and can be transported by C-130 Hercules and KC-390 aircrafts.
This new family of armoured vehicles can be equipped with manned and unmanned turrets carrying armament from 5.56 to 30 mm. The adoption of a modular approach to product development provides numerous advantages including development of product variants without unnecessary re-engineering (reducing timescales and costs), optimum combination of power, protection and payload, flexibility in operation, support through improved maintainability and ease of upgrade. With different configurations to fulfil roles including personnel carrier, command post, recovery, ambulance, etc, the VBTP family will meet a whole range of operational needs.

technical features


Amphibious Armoured Vehicle

technical features

technical features
dimensions (approx.)
Length 6.91 m
Height (hull) 2.34 m
Overall Width 2.70 m
Ground clearance 0.45 m
Track 2.26 m
Wheelbase 1.70 - 2.00 m
Approach angle 48°
Departure angle 45°
Seats 1+1+1+8 (11)
Type FPt
Curosor 9
injection system Common rail
Fuel F34, F54
Power 280kW @
1600÷2100 rpm
Torque 1500 Nm @
1400 rpm
Electric System
CAN bus type
Digital dashboard
Voltage 24V (opt. 12V socket available)
Towing Capacity in emergency
Vehicle of same class
weight (approx.)
Empty weight 14.5 t
GVW amphibious operation 18.3 t 2.34 m
Automatic type, 6 forward gears plus reverse
Ballistic protection
High hardness monocoque steel hull
Pre-set for being equipped with additional protections
Pre-set for being equipped with counter mine system
Amphibious without preparation
Max. speed paved road 2> 90 km/h
Max. speed in navigation =9 km/h
Min. speed ≤ 3.5 km/h
Gradient ≥ 60%
Side slope ≥ 30 %
Range on road (70 km/h) ≥ 600 km
Step =0.5m
Trench = 1.3 m
Turning circle radius (curb to curb - wall to wall) 9÷9.9m
Power to weight ratio (amphibious version 18 t) 15.6 kW/t
Steering And suspension
Transmission lay-out longitudinal type
Transfer box
Hydro-pneumatic and independent suspension
Tubeless tyres
Brakes Disk type on all wheels
ABS Standard
CTIS Standard
Run-flat system Standard
NBC protection
Fire extinguishing system in engine bonnet
Fire extinguishing system in crew compartment
Integrated Fire extinguishing in engine bonnet
Anti-explosion system in crew compartment