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Bravia Chaimite
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Chaimite in Bosnia
Type Light Armoured Vehicle
Place of origin  Portugal
Service history
In service 1967-Present
Used by See Operators
Wars Portuguese Colonial War
Production history
Manufacturer Bravia
Number built over 600
Variants See Variants
Weight 6.800 to 8500 kg
Length 5.6 m
Width 2.26 m
Height 2.39 m
Crew 1+10

Armor up to 7.62 mm
depend of variant
depend of variant
Engine diesel engine
155 hp (115 kW) at 3300 rpm
Payload capacity 804 kg
Transmission automatic gear
804 km
Speed 99 km/h (62 mph)
4.8 km/h on water

The Bravia Chaimite is an armored vehicle built by the Portuguese company Bravia and used by the Portuguese Army in the portuguese colonial war in Angola, Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau, from 1967 to 1974 when it ended.

There were two versions of the Chaimite, the VBTP V-200 and the VBPM V-600. The VBTP, (Viatura Blindada de Transporte de Pessoal, Armoured Personnel Transport Vehicle), had an 11-man capacity and was armed with one .50 Browning heavy machine-gun, while the VBPM, (in Portuguese, armoured mortar carrier), had only a 4-man capacity and was armed with one Browning .30 heavy machine-gun and one 81 mm mortar. These vehicles had diesel engines with 155 hp (115 kW) at 3300 rpm with automatic gear capable of taking on speeds to a maximum of 99 km/h (62 mph). The armour of this APC was capable of defeating rounds up to 7.62 mm NATO. It fulfiled it's duties for over 20 years.



See also

  • Commando MK III APC


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