The MarruÃ¡ (“Wild Bull”) is a family of four-by-four wheeled transport and utility vehicles, built by Agrale in Caxias do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Developed in the early 2000s to serve as a replacement for ageing jeeps and other vehicles in Brazilian service (Bandeirante and JPX), it has also been adopted by several other Latin American armies, and is used on peacekeeping missions with the United Nations in Haiti.
Following the bankruptcy of Engesa (Specialized Engineers SA) in early 1990, former employees of the company acquired the rights to the Engesa EE-4/EE-12 utility vehicle, and, working with the Agrale company, developed an improved version of the vehicle between 2003 and 2005 to meet a specification for a 1/2 ton, 4×4 Viatura de Transporte NÃ£o Especializada (Non-Specialised Transport, VTNE) for the Armed Forces of Brazil, to replace the Jeeps previously in service. Three prototypes were constructed for testing by the Brazilian Army, with Agrale investing $11 million into the project, and the MarruÃ¡ was accepted for Brazilian service on 27 July 2005.
Designed to be versatile, robust, and easy to maintain, the MarruÃ¡ underwent over 60,000 miles (97,000 km) of testing during its development, and is capable of carrying four fully equipped soldiers, anti-tank missile launchers, recoilless rifles, machine guns, or communications equipment.
The MarruÃ¡ has entered service with both the Brazilian Army and the Brazilian Marine Corps, in addition to being acquired by the armies of Ecuador and Argentina, the latter using eighteen vehicles as part of the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Haiti starting in 2009.