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Dutch Marines debut their Anaconda vehicles with the US Army

This month, the bilateral exercise Caribbean Urban Warrior, a meeting between the US Army and the Dutch Marine Corps based in the Caribbean, took place in North Carolina, USA. They were put into practice together from shooting with live fire, precision fire or attacking urban areas to see the Dutch 4×4 DMV Anaconda vehicle, the characteristics of which we analyzed in 2018 and which we already used on Aruba in 2019.

The Corps Mariniers are deployed in Aruba in the southern Caribbean, where they deploy their Ducht military vehicles (DMV) Anaconda in the hands of the 32nd Assault Squadron, depending on the Caribbean Naval Command or CZMCARIB (Commander of Zeemarcht in the Caribbean region). .

The 32nd Assault Squadron of the Dutch Marines exercised a variety of means with the US Army, including a vehicle attack on March 23 that saw the aforementioned DMV Anaconda in action. Despite their name, these bilateral exercises took place at the facilities of Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, certainly 2,500 kilometers from the Caribbean, where the interoperability of the above-mentioned units could be checked so that the Dutch Marines could train more effectively in the restrictions of the area which they are used in the Caribbean, provide more realism through more space and the possibility of using living fire.

The anaconda vehicle

The DMV (for Dutch military vehicles) Anaconda was developed by DEBA Bedrijfswagens BV, a representative of the Italian company Iveco in Holland. It is based on a commercial chassis from this company, which has been adapted to the requirements of the Dutch marines who use them in the autonomous region of Curaçao. The order includes 41 vehicles. The Anaconda, named for the aggressive front of the vehicle that evokes this snake, weighs 7 tons, has a 4×4 transmission, and uses a chassis and mechanical assembly from the same utility vehicle. Even the cabin was partially used after the roof was cut as can be seen in the pictures.

The cargo hold is given a structure with a roll cage and space for cargo, spare wheels and a rotating ring for a 12.70 mm M2 machine gun. and another 7.62 mm FN-MAG. in the passenger seat. The engine is also Iveco with 180 kW. Power and torque of 430 Nm., A gearbox with five gears and reverse gear, a set that allows the Anaconda to reach 110 km / h and have a range of 1,000 km. Although no additional data was released, the images suggest a crew of four people in two rows of seats with the back rows of a radio area. (Jos M Navarro Garca)

Photos: Anaconda in action during training (2nd Marine Division)

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