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Infantry fighting vehicle

Pizarro IFV

The Spanish Pizarro infantry fighting vehicle is fitted with an applique armor

Entered service 2002
Crew 3 men
Personnel 8 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 26.3 t
Length 6.83 m
Width 3.15 m
Height 2.6 m
Main gun 30-mm cannon
Machine guns 1 x 7.62-mm
Ammunition load
Main gun ?
Machine guns 2 900 x 7.62-mm
Engine MTU SV-183 TE22 diesel
Engine power 600 hp
Maximum road speed 70 km/h
Range 600 km
Gradient 75%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step 0.95 m
Trench 2.5 m
Fording 1.2 m


   The Pizarro infantry fighting vehicle evolved from the ASCOD (Austrian-Spanish Cooperative Development) programme. The Pizarro was developed for the Spanish Army alongside Ulan IFV for the Austrian Army. These are broadly similar but has some differences, such as engines. Spanish Army ordered these vehicles in 1996. Vehicles entered service with Austrian and Spanish Armies in 2002. Spanish Army operates a total of 293 Pizarro IFVs, plus its variants optimized for different battlefield roles.

   The Pizarro IFV was designed to replace ageing light armored vehicles in service with Spanish Army, such as the M113 armored personnel carriers. Furthermore it is a flexible complement to the Leopard 2A4 main battle tanks.

   Unlike the Austrian Ulan, the Pizarro also features a limited amount of SABBLIR reactive armor, which significantly increases armor protection. Front armor of the Pizarro provides protection against 14.5-mm rounds, while all-round protection is against 7.62-mm rounds. NBC protection system is fitted as standard.

   The main armament is a fully-stabilized Mauser 30-mm Model F cannon and coaxial 7.62-mm machine gun.

   Vehicle has a crew of three and can carry eight fully equipped troops.

   Spanish IFV comes with the German MTU diesel engine, delivering 600 horsepower. Engine is mounted at the front. It is less powerful comparing with Austrian vehicle, but still offers good mobility and cross-country performance. The Pizarro is not amphibious.




   VCI/C infantry fighting vehicle. It is a baseline version, described above;

   VCPC command vehicle. Spanish Army operates 26 of these vehicles;

   VCOAV armored reconnaissance vehicles. Spanish Army operates 28 of these vehicles;

   VCREC armored recovery vehicle. Spanish Army operates 8 of these vehicles;

   VCZ engineering vehicle. Spanish Army operates only a single vehicle;

   Pizarro 2, it is the second phase production vehicle with a number of improvements. The Pizarro 2 IFVs are powered by the same MTU series 199 engine, developing 720 hp, as the Austrian Ulan IFV. The Phase 2 vehicle has a refined hull design and improved weapon stabilization system. It is currently in production for the Spanish Army. Spanish Army ordered a total of 190 of the Phase 2 vehicles in 4 variants. Including 106 infantry fighting vehicles, 27 reconnaissance vehicles, 48 engineering vehicles and 9 recovery vehicles. All of these are planned to be delivered by 2016.


Video of the Pizarro infantry fighting vehicle

Pizarro IFV

Pizarro IFV

Pizarro IFV

Pizarro IFV

Pizarro IFV

Pizarro IFV

Pizarro IFV

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