Historic day for the Regiment: on June 22, the 6th Armored Cavalry Regiment (6th RCB) conducted the first real night firing of the Leopard 1A5 BR armored combat vehicle (VBC CC – Viatura Blindada de Combate Carro de Combate). The activity took place at the Barão de São Borja (Saicã) Training Field, in the city of Rosário do Sul/RS, from the 20th to the 24th.
Since the arrival of the armored combat vehicle combat cars at the Brazilian Army’s Armored Cavalry Regiments, night shooting using the thermal vision optical instruments that this VBC CC has had not been performed.
Project Leopard began in the Brazilian Army with the acquisition of Leopard 1A1 vehicles. Leopard currently uses its EMES-18 fire control system with laser rangefinder and thermal vision for night combat during this exercise. This system was the major evolution of the Leopard 1A5 fleet that arrived in Brazil in 2009.
During this firing exercise, the 2nd Combat Tank Platoon, from the 2nd Combat Tank Squadron, from the 6th RCB completed its training phase, after undergoing operational certification at the Armored Training Center (CIBld), by performing the desenfiamento firing, firing on the move during a coordinated attack, exploring the cannon stabilization system, and finally performing the expected night firing using the thermal imaging device.
Source: 6th Armored Cavalry Regiment