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18 Apr 11. First prototype M113MB1 APC ready for mobility tests. Israel Military Industries (IMI) has completed a prototype of the first M113MB1 upgraded armoured personnel carrier (APC) for the Brazilian Navy (Marinha do Brasil). Development took place at the main depot of the Brazilian Marine Corps (Corpo de Fuzileiros Navais – CFN) in Rio de Janeiro. (Source: Jane’s, IDR)

21 Apr 11. Ukraine ships first BTR-4s to Iraq. Ukraine-based Kharkiv Morozov Machine-building Design Bureau (KMDB) dispatched the first batch of 8×8 BTR-4 wheeled armoured personnel carriers to Iraq on 20 April. The Iraqi Ministry of Defence formally agreed to accept the 26 vehicles from Ukrspecexport on 24 March and they are expected to arrive on 20 May. (Source: Jane’s, IDR)

21 Apr 11. Brazilian Army M113Bs set for overhaul. BAE Systems US Combat Systems is expected to upgrade 150 Brazilian Army (Exército Brasileiro) M113B armoured personnel carriers, a source has confirmed to Jane’s. A company spokesperson said on 19 April that BAE Systems is still in negotiations with the US Army’s TACOM Life Cycle Management Command regarding work on upgrading the personnel carriers to the M113A2 MK1 standard but a contract for the upgrade could be signed in June The Brazilian Army contracted the US Department of Defense (DoD) in August 2010 to manage the upgrade under the foreign military sales (FMS) process. (Source: Jane’s, IDR)

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