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Paraguay receives new armoured vehicles to take fight to guerilla forces

4th April 2023 - 18:00 GMT | by Wilder Alejandro Sanchez in Washington DC


Three 4x4 Typhoon MRAP armoured personnel carriers have already arrived in Paraguay with a fourth en route. (Photo: Paraguyan Army)

New armoured vehicles acquired by the Paraguayan military will protect personnel on operations against Paraguayan People’s Army (EPP) guerrillas.

The Paraguayan government transferred on 23 March three armoured vehicles to the military’s Internal Defence Operations Command (CODI) for internal security operations.

The 4x4s will be utilised by the Joint Task Force (FTC) ‘to combat criminal organisations that operate in the northern part of the country,’ state news agency Agencia de Información Paraguaya reported on 23 March. 

Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benítez highlighted that the vehicles ‘will provide more security to our [military] personnel… against insecurity, against terrorism, against organised crime'.

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An FTC spokesperson explained that three vehicles were delivered while ‘the fourth is en route and will arrive in the coming days'. The vehicles were acquired from the UAE. The Paraguayan government has not disclosed the vehicles’ model but Shephard Defence Insight Land Analyst Sam Hart has confirmed from photographs that they are Streit Group Typhoon 4x4 MRAPs.

At the time of publication, the Paraguayan Army had not responded to a questions by Shephard.

President Benítez noted that the delivery ‘is historical because the armed forces do not possess this type of vehicle and for more than 40 years there has not been an investment of this kind'.

EPP guerrillas operate in northern Paraguay and have regularly attacked military convoys. An August 2016 ambush against a convoy in Arroyito, north of Asunción, killed eight soldiers. Similarly, a late July 2021 EPP ambush in San Pedro against a convoy killed three troops when their vehicle exploded after driving over an IED.

Wilder Alejandro Sanchez


Wilder Alejandro Sanchez

Wilder Alejandro Sánchez is an analyst who covers defense & security, geopolitical, and trade issues …

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