EE-9 Cascavel

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EE-9 Cascavel
Cascavel EE-009.JPG
EE-9 Cascavel of the Colombian Army
Type Armoured car
Place of origin Brazil
Service history
Production history
Manufacturer Engesa
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 two-layer steel plating
1 × 90 mm cannon
1 × 7.62 mm MG (coaxial), 1 × 7.62 mm or 12.7 mm (AA)
Engine Detroit Diesel 6V-53N, 6-cylinder water-cooled diesel
212 hp
Suspension 6×6 Engesa Double Axle Boomerand Drive
880 km
Speed 100 km/h

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

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

"Cascavel" is the Portuguese word for "rattlesnake".


The EE-9 Cascavel was developed in Brazil by Engesa, S. José dos Campos (São Paulo), according to specifications of the Brazilian army. The EE-9 was designed as a replacement to the M8 Greyhound.

The EE-9 was a huge export success, being sold to numerous countries in South America and the Middle East. Most of these vehicles were manufactured in 1983.[citation needed]

The EE-9 is still in service in several countries and currently the Brazilian Army is running a modernisation program for the EE-9 and the EE-11, enabling them to remain in service until at least 2020.


Cascavel I "Magro" on display at Museu Militar Conde de Linhares in Rio de Janeiro
  • Cascavel I: Known as "Cascavel Magro" (Thin Rattlesnake). Initial vehicles are armed with the 37 mm gun from the old M3 light tanks.
  • Cascavel II: Known as "Cascavel Gordo" (Fat Rattlesnake). Turret ring widened so it could use 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.

New life[edit]

The new engine used in the prototype of Urutu generates 230 hp, giving a power gain of 72 hp against the old engine's 158 hp.

  • The prototype reached a top speed of 110 km/h on clear surface and proved capable of reaching 80 km/h in an off-road situation.


Operators of the EE-9 Cascavel, past and present.

Former Operators[edit]


See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Why Russia". Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  3. ^ Cordesman, Anthony H. A Tragedy of Arms: Military and Security Developments in the Maghreb (November 30, 2001 ed.). Praeger Publishers. p. 62. ISBN 0-275-96936-3. 
  4. ^ Zimbabwe Army crippled: Report exposes decay

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