IVECO Defence Vehicles in talks with Colombia for delivery 8x8 VBM Freccia infantry vehicle 2504121
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Defense News - Colombia
|Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 10:20 AM|
|IVECO Defence Vehicles in talks with Colombia for delivery of 8x8 VBM Freccia infantry vehicle.|
Italian manufacturers IVECO Defence Vehicles are in talks with Colombian officials to negotiate the delivery of new military vehicles including the 8x8 IFV VBM Freccia. The Colombia Army has a requirement for a new 8x8 Infantry Fighting Vehicle as it is trying to improve its armoured component. The Colombian Army currently operates with the Brazilian made EE-9 Cascavel and EE-11 Urutu.
VBM Freccia armoured infantry fighting vehicle of Italian army
Colombia is also looking at the other vehicles such as the US Stryker that appears to be favoured due to the strong military and strategic links between Colombia and US. The two countries have worked together in a strong partnership aimed to fight drug traffic and illegal smuggling. The US can use Colombian bases and infrastructures to deploy military assets, including CIA and American Special Forces personnel operate in Colombia to mentor and support local counterparts.