URO VAMTAC

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URO VAMTAC S3
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Spanish Army's URO VAMTAC in Herat, Afghanistan (2005).
Type Multi-purpose armoured vehicle
Place of origin  Spain
Service history
In service 1998–present
Used by See users
Production history
Designer UROVESA
Manufacturer UROVESA
Number built 4,000 (approx.)
Variants VAMTAC I3 and S3
Specifications
Length 4.845 metres (15.90 ft)
Width 2.175 metres (7 ft 1.6 in)
Height 1.9 metres (6 ft 3 in)
Crew 1+3

Engine Steyr turbocharged diesel
188 metric horsepower (138 kW)
Payload capacity 1500–2000 kg
Transmission 5 speed automatic
Fuel capacity 110 litres (24 imp gal; 29 US gal)
Operational
range
>600 kilometres (370 mi)
Speed 135 kilometres per hour (84 mph)

The URO VAMTAC (Vehículo de Alta Movilidad Táctico) is a Spanish four-wheel drive military vehicle manufactured by the UROVESA. It is similar in appearance and design to the Humvee of the United States Military. More than 2,000 of the vehicles have been delivered to the Spanish Armed Forces. Several other countries operate the VAMTAC as well, and it has seen service most recently in Afghanistan. The vehicle comes in two models, named I3 and S3, and has several configurations.

Development[edit]

The URO VAMTAC was developed by the Spanish company URO, Vehiculos Especiales S.A. to meet the requirement of the Spanish military for a multipurpose, air-portable, high mobility off-road vehicle with good payload capacity. After the vehicle was tested by the Spanish Ministry of Defence, UROVESA received a five-year contract and the URO VAMTAC was produced from 1998 to 2003. In October 2005, the Ministry of Defence awarded a new five-year contract for the URO VAMTAC after a three-month trial period. This also introduced some changes, and the two models of the vehicle which were named T3 and T5, were re-designated as I3 and S3 respectively. The URO VAMTAC is similar in appearance and design to the U.S. Military's Humvee, because both vehicles were designed to meet similar requirements and specifications.[1]

Operational history[edit]

Approximately 1,200 units were delivered to the Spanish military under the initial contract from 1998. Roughly 60% of these were of the T5 model (later S3), and the rest were T3 (later I3). By late 2009, around 900 more units had been delivered under the second contract, bringing the total procured by Spanish forces to approximately 2,100 vehicles. All the vehicles delivered under the second contract have been of the S3 model. The military has equipped about 25% of the vehicles received under the initial contract with ballistic kits, increasing their armour.[1] URO VAMTACs have been used by the Spanish National Police as well. In April 2013, the Vamtac was selected as the chosen vehicle for all branches of the Spanish armed forces. A total of 772 vehicles were to be acquired over a 5 year period.[2]

URO VAMTAC of the Spanish National Police

The Spanish military has used the URO VAMTAC in Afghanistan,[3] as well in Congo and Lebanon. However, Spain intends to replace or at least supplement their URO VAMTACs with mine resistant ambush protected vehicles that provide better protection.[4] Several other countries use this vehicle.[2]

Users[edit]

Features and characteristics[edit]

The URO VAMTAC comes with four-wheel drive capability, and is available in three primary configurations – command and control, chassis-cab, and pick-up. The first comes with a four-door cab. The latter two versions are available with three cab types: two-door, four-door, or a four-door version with smaller rear doors and less cab space. Shelter type or cargo bodies such as hardtops can be added to the rear compartment, as well as weapons. It can accommodate a wide range of weapons including machine guns, grenade launchers, anti-tank missiles, 81 mm mortars, M40 recoilless rifles and light air defence missiles.[1][2]

The vehicle has a length of 4.845 metres (15.90 ft) width of 2.175 metres (7 ft 1.6 in) and a height of 1.9 metres (6 ft 3 in). The curb weight of the vehicle ranges from 3,000 kilograms (6,600 lb) to 3,500 kilograms (7,700 lb), and has a payload capacity ranging from 1,500 kilograms (3,300 lb) to 2,000 kilograms (4,400 lb). Both these specifications vary depending on the version. The URO VAMTAC has a range of more than 600 kilometres (370 mi), and can negotiate 70% gradients and 50% side slopes. It is powered by Steyr Motors' M16-"Monoblock" engine (6-cylinder, turbocharged diesel engine, 135 kW)[10] coupled with a five speed automatic transmission.[11] The I3 uses a 166 metric horsepower (122 kW) engine, while the S3 is equipped with a 188 metric horsepower (138 kW) one.[2][12][13]

Variants[edit]

There are several variants of the URO VAMTAC according to the armament and configuration used. Several support variants have been produced with capabilities for towing, firefighting and resupplying. Notable variants include:[12]

  • Ambulance vehicle with accommodation for two or four stretchers in the rear compartment.
  • Anti-tank vehicle equipped with either BGM-71 TOW or MILAN guided missiles.
  • Anti-aircraft vehicle equipped with Mistral surface-to-air missiles.[14]
  • Command and communications vehicle, with separate compartment in rear section to accommodate communications equipment.
  • PSYOPS vehicle, equipped with loudspeaker arrays.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "URO VAMTAC (4 x 4) I3 and S3 high-mobility tactical vehicles (Spain), Light vehicles". Janes Information Group. Retrieved 29 March 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d "La compañía Urovesa se adjudica el acuerdo marco de vehículos 4×4 de 1,5 Tm". Infodefensa. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Enduring Freedom Casualties: Afghanistan". CNN. Retrieved 29 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "MRAPs and New Wheeled APCs for Spain". Defence Industry Daily. 26 October 2008. Retrieved 29 March 2010. 
  5. ^ "Inventory (Dominican Republic)". Janes Information Group. Retrieved 29 March 2010. 
  6. ^ "Malaysia awards Urovesa for VAMTAC high-mobility tactical vehicles, CONTRACTS". Janes Information Group. Retrieved 29 March 2010. 
  7. ^ "Inventory (Morocco)". Janes Information Group. Retrieved 29 March 2010. 
  8. ^ "VAMTAC". Deagel.com. Retrieved 29 March 2010. 
  9. ^ "Special Forces (Land) (Romania), Amphibious and special forces". Janes Information Group. Retrieved 29 March 2010. 
  10. ^ UROVESA VAM TAC M16 TCI: Steyr-Motors.com
  11. ^ "URO VAMTAC S3" (pdf). UROVESA. Retrieved 29 March 2010. 
  12. ^ a b "URO Vamtac Véhicule léger" (in French). Army Recognition. Retrieved 29 March 2010. 
  13. ^ "Spanish High Mobility Tactical Vehicle". Spanish Army. Retrieved 29 March 2010. 
  14. ^ "Mistral 2 (France), Man-portable surface-to-air missile systems". Janes Information Group. Retrieved 29 March 2010. 

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