Navantia Sistemas and UROVESA have begun the serial production of the VAMTAC ST5 VERT reconnaissance vehicle for the Spanish Army.
The VERT is the short form for ‘Vehículo de Exploración y Reconocimiento Terrestre’ which means ‘Land Exploration and Reconnaissance Vehicle’.
The serial production has started following the signing of a contract by UROVESA with the Army for VERT systems. The total order includes the delivery of 6 VERT systems, including the SERT system designed by Navantia Sistemas and integrated by UROVESA in its VAMTAC ST5 4×4 tactical vehicles.
The delivery of the vehicles is scheduled for December 2017.
The SERT (Sistemas de Exploración y Reconocimiento Terrestre, Land Exploration and Reconnaissance System) system is a multi-functional system that provides Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities to any type of land or maritime vehicle.
The system is equipped with a series of reconnaissance, exploration and communications devices. This includes a gyro-stabilized platform on a telescopic mast, fitted with TV, laser and infrared cameras able to identify an object that is 10km far. The gyro-stabilization allows the system to conduct reconnaissance even when the vehicle is moving.
The system can conduct exploration, surveillance and reconnaissance of the battlefield with the capability of detection, identification and acquiring of targets. It can provide observation and fire support for artillery, mortars and aircraft.
SERT can collect intelligence by obtaining, classifying and processing battlefield imagery and can be also used for border control.
The vehicle also has a 12.70mm-caliber-machine gun, on a remotely-operated turret, for self-protection. The vehicle has four crew – the shooter, the commander, the system operator and the driver.
URO VAMTAC (Vehículo de Alta Movilidad Táctico, “High Mobility Tactical Vehicle”) is a Spanish four-wheel drive military vehicle manufactured by the URO, Vehiculos Especiales S.A (UROVESA).
It is similar in appearance and design to the Humvee (HMMWV) of the United States Army.
More than 2,000 of the vehicles have been delivered to the Spanish Armed Forces. Several other countries operate the VAMTAC as well, and it has seen service most recently in Afghanistan and Syria.