VLEGA Gaucho

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VLEGA Gaucho
General Employment Airborne Light Vehicle "Gaucho", during the Argentine Army exposition in may 2008.
TypeWheeled all-terrain vehicle
Place of origin Argentina, Brazil
Service history
In service2006 [1]
Production history
Produced2006-Present [1]

depends on the version
Engine diesel

The VLEGA Gaucho is a light general purpose 4x4 vehicle, capable of being transported by air (VLEGA is the acronym for Vehiculo Ligero de Empleos Generales Aerotransportable, the vehicle's type denomination in Spanish). It was developed jointly by Argentina and Brazil in the 2000s for employment by their militaries. Some of its uses include: cargo/transport, reconnaissance, ambulance, special operations.


Brazil is currently developing the Chivunk fast attack vehicle [2] with co-development of the Gaucho ending in 2011. [3]


The prototype of Light Vehicle Employment General Aerotransportável was presented March 27, 2006, at Army Headquarters in Brasília - DF, for the Brazilian Army Commander, General Francisco Roberto de Albuquerque, and the Chief of General Staff of the Argentine Army, General Roberto Fernando Bendini.

Armored version Gaucho VLEGA 2007.jpg
Armored version

The Car Light Employment is the initial design of the Scientific and Technological Exchanges between the armies of Brazil and Argentina. This exchange implements within the Army, the Agreement on Scientific and Technological Cooperation signed between the governments of Argentina and the Federative Republic of Brazil, on May 17, 1980.

In Brazil, the project is being conducted by the Technological Center of the Army (CTEx) and in Argentina by the Dirección de Investigación Desarrollo y Producción Army in that country.

The project began in April 2004 when it was held in Rio de Janeiro, the first working meeting, which were agreed Technical Requirements Operating a car that should meet.

The definition of principal components, the layout of the car and the responsibilities of each work team was the first step to achieving the vehicle Argentina / Brazil.

The engine, gearboxes and differentials and transfer, produced in Brazil, were sent to the Argentine team that designed the tubular frame and independent suspension.

The prototype semi-mounted arrived in Brazil on June 16, 2005 for completion of work carried out in the workshops of War Arsenal of Rio de Janeiro.

The car is performing engineering tests at the Center for reviews of the Army (CAEX) and soon will undergo technical and operational assessments, according to modern methods of assessment of the Brazilian Army.

The car has been designed to meet the requirements about sixty previously defined by the two hosts.

This is a car with great versatility, being able to have civilian jobs, which will be used primarily for airmobile units, since its design allows the vehicles to be stacked and transported by aircraft type C-130.

The independent suspension, great progress in the 4-wheel and 4x4 traction, combined with a powerful engine, enables high tactical mobility in any terrain.

The car will fulfill missions in development of supply, transport equipment, evacuation of wounded, launching of wireless, reconnaissance, command and control, airborne operations, and special situations.


The Argentine-Brazilian jeep Gaucho Jeep Gaucho.jpg
The Argentine-Brazilian jeep Gaucho


MWM, 2,800 cc, 4 cylinder, turbo-Diesel producing 130 HP @ 3.600 rpm




BF Goodrich Off Road 33 x 12.5 R 15




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  1. 1 2 "Gaucho". Military Today. Military Today. Retrieved 28 June 2021.
  2. http://www.military-today.com/trucks/chivunk.htm
  3. http://www.military-today.com/trucks/chivunk.htm