Manaus (AM) – The Army Commander, Army General Tomás Miguel Miné Ribeiro Paiva, accompanied the arrival of 50 vehicles at the Amazon Military Command’s Vessel Center on Tuesday 30th. The arrival of the material is part of Operation Roraima, a major logistical mobilization by the Army involving units from the south to the north of the country to transport military equipment to the Amazon region. The vehicles will reinforce border defense in the north of the country.
According to General Tomás, the arrival of the armoured vehicles is the result of the Brazilian Army’s planning to strengthen and prioritize the Amazon. The transformation of the Boa Vista Mechanized Cavalry Squadron into a Mechanized Cavalry Regiment is in line with the Army’s Strategic Plan, which is committed to increasing the number of troops in the Northern Military Command and the Amazon Military Command by 10%.
Creation of a Regiment
The cargo that arrived by river convoy at the Ship Center is made up of 14 Guaicurus 4×4 Multitask Armored Vehicles (VBMT), all equipped with remotely controlled weapons systems, thermal vision optronics and command and control modules, as well as eight Guarani Medium Wheeled Armored Personnel Carriers (VBTP-MR), six EE-9 Cascavel Medium Wheeled Armored Reconnaissance Vehicles (VBR-MSR), and other administrative vehicles. The vehicles were transported over 3,500 kilometers, from Campo Grande (MS) to Manaus.
From Manaus, the vehicles will head to Boa Vista (RR), where they will be integrated into the 18th Mechanized Cavalry Regiment – the unit that will replace the 12th Mechanized Cavalry Fleet. After the complete transformation of the unit, scheduled for 2025, the Regiment will have three Fleets and a staff of around 600 soldiers.
Army commander visits the 1st Jungle Infantry Brigade and supervises the deployment of new Land Force capabilities in the state of Roraima
Boa Vista (RR) – On Tuesday afternoon, Army Commander General Tomás visited the recently created 18th Mechanized Cavalry Regiment (18º R C Mec), where he checked out mechanized vehicles and other military equipment. In order to maintain the sovereignty of the Brazilian state in the Western Amazon, the Army is improving its logistical and operational readiness in the region.
Accompanied by General Novaes, Commander of Land Operations, and General Costa Neves, Military Commander of the Amazon, the Army Commander also checked out the logistical maintenance and supply capabilities of the 1st Jungle Logistics Battalion.
During the activities, General Tomás noted the professionalism and commitment of the military to operational efficiency and the security of the Western Amazon.