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EE-11 Urutu
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EE-11 Urutu
Type Armored personnel carrier
Place of origin  Brazil
Specifications
Weight 11,000 kg empty, 14,000 kg combat
Length 6.15 meters
Width 2.65 meters
Height 2.125 meters
Crew 1+12

Armor 6-12 mm 2 layer steel plating
Engine Detroit Diesel 6V-53T 6-cylinder water-cooled diesel
260 hp
Suspension 6x6 Engesa Double Axle Boomerand Drive
Operational
range
850 km
Speed 105 km/h

The EE-11 Urutu is a 6x6 armored personnel carrier developed in the seventies by Engesa of Brazil. It used as many commercially available parts as possible. It also shares many components with the EE-9 Cascavel Armoured fighting vehicle. The suspension includes Engesa's Boomerang double-axle rear drive. The Brazilian Marine Corps use a modified amphibious variant with propellers and more powerful engine. "Urutu" is a Brazilian species of snake.

EE-11 Urutu has been used in combat by Libya, Iran and Iraq with excellent results and therefore gaining a good reputation for ENGESA products in the Arab world. In combat, Urutu proved to be equal or superior than its Soviet counterparts, such as the BTR-60 or BTR-70 with a much lower operating cost. Such results prompted ENGESA to push forward the development of its main battle tank EE-T1 Osório.

Urutu production has stopped in 1987 and since then all units still in use by the Brazilian Army have been modernized and upgraded by Army's São Paulo War Arsenal branch as a stopgap until the arrival of the newly designed VBTP-MR in 2012.

Although considered obsolete, due to its lack of protection against modern armor piercing bullets, it has still been widely used by the Brazilian Army in the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti.

Brazilian Army´s Urutu painted in UN color markings for the MINUSTAH operations in Haiti.

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