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EE-9 Cascavel
EE-9 Cascavel
Type Armoured car
Place of origin  Brazil
Weight 10,900 kg empty, 13,400 kg combat
Length 5.2 m hull, 6.2 m overall
Width 2.64 m
Height 2.68 m
Crew 3

Armor 6-12 mm 2 layer steel plating
1x90 mm cannon
1x7.62 mm MG (coaxial)
Engine Detroit Diesel 6V-53N, 6-cylinder water-cooled diesel
212 hp
Suspension 6x6 Engesa Double Axle Boomerand Drive
880 km
Speed 100 km/h

The EE-9 Cascavel is a 6 x 6 armoured car developed in the 1970s by Engesa of Brazil. It used as many commercially available parts as possible. It also shares many components with the EE-11 Urutu APC. The suspension includes Engesa's Boomerang double-axle rear drive.

In its most common configuration, the Cascavel III, it is equipped with an Engesa turret mounting a 90 mm Belgian Cockerill Mk 3 gun produced under licence.

Its name is the Portuguese word for "rattlesnake".


Cascavel I 'Magro' on display at Museu Militar Conde de Linhares in Rio de Janeiro
Brazilian Army Cascavel IV
  • Cascavel I: Known as 'Cascavel Magro' (Thin Rattlesnake). Initial vehicles with the 37 mm gun from the old M3 light tanks.
  • Cascavel II: Known as 'Cascavel Gordo' (Fat Rattlesnake). Widened to receive the French H 90 turret with a 90 mm DEFA D 921 gun for export.
  • Cascavel III: Equipped with an Engesa turret mounting a 90 mm Belgian Cockerill Mk 3 gun produced under licence.
  • Cascavel IV: New engine and transmission, improved day and night optics with laser rangefinder, and a 12.7 mm antiaircraft MG.


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