Saturday, November 27, 2010

Brazil's Marines bring AAV's to the fight.

via The Wall Street Journal.

I'll let you read the article for yourself, but what's interesting is that Brazil's Marines are using AAV's to give their police armored transport.  The Batalhão de Operações Policiais Especiais  are a para-military police organization thats well respected and quite capable in their own right.  As a matter of fact they have several armored vehicles that have stood the test in the slums of Rio.

Things are much worse than I even thought if they need BOPE, Special Military Police, Brazilian Marines and the Brazilian Army to fight in these areas.  Interesting.  All photos are from either the Wall Street Journal (AAV with police above) or Wikipedia (BOPE emblem to the right).


  1. M113s as well -

  2. You can see in this video part of the gang members fleeing from one of the slums called Vila Cruzeiro and heading to a bigger area dominated by the same group.
    The Brazilian Marines is supporting the operation with AAV`s, M-113`s and MOWAG Piranha.


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