1980 - mid 1980's
Brazil - ENGESA
A total of 63 produced
- UNIT COST
Limited protection level
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- EE-3 Jararaca
|Crew||3 (driver, commander, gunner)|
|Height||1.56 m (roof), 2.3 m (with M2HB)|
|Ground clearance||0.34 m|
|Weight||5.8 t combat load|
|Wheelbase||Wheeled chassis, 4x4, 2.6 m wheelbase, 1.71 m track|
|Turn radius||7.7 m|
|Engine||Mercedes-Benz OM314A turbo diesel, 120 hp at 2.800 rpm|
|Power ratio||20.7 hp/t|
|Transmission||Manual, 5 forward, 1 reverse|
|Speed||100 km/h on road|
|Range||700 km on road|
|Gradient||60% gradient, 30% slope|
|Armament||12.7mm M2HB heavy machine gun|
|Weapon1||12.7mm M2HB heavy machine gun on pintle mount, 500 rounds, 100 ready to fire|
manual traverse and elevation