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EE-3 Jararaca

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Reconnaissance vehicle

  • ORIGIN
    Brazil

  • NICKNAMES
    -

  • DESIGNED
    Late 1970's

  • DESIGNER
    ENGESA

  • PRODUCTION
    1980 - mid 1980's

  • PRODUCERS
    Brazil - ENGESA

  • QUANTITY
    A total of 63 produced

  • UNIT COST
    Unknown

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Good mobility
    Small silhouete
    Limited protection level

Introduction

The EE-3 is a reconnaissance vehicle of Brazilian origin. It was developed as a lighter alternative to the large EE-9 Cascavel. The name Jararaca comes from a type of pit viper.

Layout

The EE-3 is based on a 4x4 chassis. The crew compartment is at the front and the engine compartment is at the rear. There is room for a crew of three.

Firepower

The EE-3 is fitted with a small one man turret with pintle mounted 7.62mm MAG or 12.7mm M2HB heavy machine gun. In Cypriot service a Milan anti-tank missile launcher is fitted alongside the machine gun.

Protection

The armor protects the crew from small arms fire and shell splinters. Since the armament is pintle mounted without gun shield the gunner is fully exposed. There are no smoke grenade launchers and NBC system is optional.

Mobility

The 4x4 wheelbase provides good mobility on the road and in the field. A 120 hp Mercedes-Benz diesel engine provides propulsion, allowing for a maximum speed of 100 km/h on roads.

Users

Unlike the EE-9 the EE-3 was not an export success and few vehicles were produced. The EE-3 is used in small numbers by several nations.

Variants

EE-3 Jararaca

The EE-3 is produced only in a single version. The production models differ in minor details. Cypriot models add a Milan anti-tank missile launcher. Uruguayan models feature a gun shield.

TypeReconnaissance vehicle
Crew3 (driver, commander, gunner)
Length4.16 m
Width2.24 m
Height1.56 m (roof), 2.3 m (with M2HB)
Ground clearance0.34 m
Weight5.8 t combat load
Ground pressure?
WheelbaseWheeled chassis, 4x4, 2.6 m wheelbase, 1.71 m track
Turn radius7.7 m
EngineMercedes-Benz OM314A turbo diesel, 120 hp at 2.800 rpm
Power ratio20.7 hp/t
TransmissionManual, 5 forward, 1 reverse
Speed100 km/h on road
Fuel140 L
Range700 km on road
Wall0.4 m
Trench?
Gradient60% gradient, 30% slope
Fording0.6 m
ArmorSteel
NBC equipmentOptional
Night visionOptional
SmokeNo
Remarks-
Armament12.7mm M2HB heavy machine gun
Weapon112.7mm M2HB heavy machine gun on pintle mount, 500 rounds, 100 ready to fire
manual traverse and elevation
non-stabilized
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