Uruguayan Army launches request for maitenance of its fleet of 6x6 armored vehicles

According to information published by the Info Defensa website on August 2, 2020, the Uruguayan National Army has launched a request for the maintenance of its fleet of AVGP (Armored Vehicle General Purpose). In 2008, the Uruguayan Army has purchased 44 second-hand armored vehicles Cougar that was used by the Canadian Army.
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Cougar 6x6 armored vehicle serving with the Uruguayan contingent of the MONUSCO, in Nord-Kivu, December 2013. (Picture source: Wikipedia)

The AVGPs (Armored Vehicle General Purpose) Cougar of the Uruguayan Army were rebuilt by the Chilean MOWAG-Piranha builder FAMAE without the turret. The original Cougar was fitted with a two-man turret armed with one 76mm cannon.

The Cougar is a 6x6 armored vehicle based on the Piranha 1 manufactured by the Swiss company Mowag now part of GDELS (General Dynamics European Land Systems). The vehicle is motorized with a Detroit Diesel 6V53T turbocharged diesel engine, developing 275 hp.

In 2009, Uruguay purchased a second batch of second-hand Canadian armored vehicles: 98 Grizzly armored personnel carriers and 5 Husky ARV (Armored Recovery Vehicle). According to a report published on the Internet, these vehicles were modernized by the company FAMAE in 2011 with new engines and gearboxes.

As for the Cougar, the Grizzly is also based on the MOWAG Piranha 1, but fitted with a one-man turret armed with one 12.7 mm and 7.62mm machine guns. The vehicle has a crew and can accommodate six infantrymen.

The Husky ARV is also based on the MOWAG 6x6 Piranha 1 armored vehicle. The vehicle is used to provide mechanical support to the family of Piranha 1 vehicles. The roof of the vehicle is fitted with a crane and a winch.