Venezuelan Army develops its own sapper vehicles for demining with 4×4 V-100 Commando and AMX-13 vehicles. And it will include unmanned aerial vehicles that will monitor 2km around while on demining missions.
The Bolivarian Army, within its program for the recovery and updating of the western armored means, I’ve my tank too, has developed three sapper vehicles to carry out demining missions from the conversion of a Textron Marine 4×4 V-100 Commando vehicle. and two Nexter AMX-13 chassis, which after the conversion works carried out by the Sixth Corps of Engineers “Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho”, and their test in the firing range “Libertador Simón Bolívar”, in Fuerte Tiuna, will be sent to the area of operations of the Special Temporary Comprehensive Defense Operational Zone “G / D José Conelio Muñoz”, to be operated in Apure state by the recently activated 94 Special Brigade “Negro Primero”.
These novel prototypes of engineering vehicles were developed by the professional staff of the 61st Engineer Conditioning Brigade “G / B Agustín Codazzi”, in order to equip the ground component of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces, for the first time with these systems demining measures that the military institution lacked, and which are expected to be used in the military operations carried out in southern Venezuela, where armed clashes have been taking place with Colombian subversive elements from the dissidents of the Forces for the past month of March. Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People’s Army (FARC EP), which have produced casualties in troop personnel and the loss of armored assets through the use of improvised explosive devices (IED).
The project that allowed these vehicles to be conceived began in mid-February, when Brigadier General Lenin Guillermo Herrera Hernández, commander of the 61st Engineer Conditioning Brigade, reported on the Venezuelan Armed Forces television channel transformation of an armored personnel carrier Textron Marine 4×4 V-100 Commando, into a sapper vehicle which has been called Cayman Patrolman, for which the adaptation of a BRADCO brand backhoe hydraulic system was carried out, the installation of a protection system for the occupants against AEI attacks and the installation of a minesweeper roller; While the two running gear of the AMX-13 light tank, rollers and a flail system have been adapted, and they have been designated with the nicknames of El Arañero and Látigo Chávez.