Portuguese V-200 Chaimite

Chaimite is an armoured vehicle built by the Portuguese company Bravia and used by the Portuguese Army in the colonial war in Angola, Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau, from 1967 to 1974 when it ended.

There were two versions of the Chaimite, the VBTP V-200 and the VBPM V-600. The VBTP had an 11 man capacity and was armed with one .50 Browning heavy machine-gun, while the VBPM had only a 4 man capacity and was armed with one Browning .30 heavy machine-gun and one 81 mm mortar.


These vehicles had diesel engines with 155 hp (115 kW) at 3300 rpm with automatic gear capable of taking on speeds to a maximum of 90 km/h (55 mph).

V-200 CHAIMITE Specifications
Type Light four wheeled armoured personnel carrier
Manufacturer Bravia
Crew 3 + 8 troops
Armament 0.5in machine gun or 7.62mm machine gun
Length 5.6m
Height 1.8m
Width 2.3m
Weight 7.3 tonnes
Powerplant Six cylinder diesel producing 155hp
Performance Max speed 90km/h, range 700km