My steel house – life in a 🇪🇸Pizarro armoured vehicle


I have spent half of my life or almost all of my military life
inside a Pizarro. Inside the Pizarro we have everything we need. The Pizarro is like our house we take with us. Driving this, it’s like a giant bug and the power it has is impressive. I’m sure that more than one
super fan of Formula 1 would love to get their hands
on one of these beasts. To missions, as many people say,
you go with comrades. You do not go with comrades,
you go with friends, and they are friends for life. I think of this as my house, my steel house. Fire. Let’s move ahead. Ready to shoot. Fire. Fire.
Target neutralised. I am the driver. We sit inside and from the inside you can see through a small window and have to rely on what your commander tells you. Because when you drive through these forests and you have to go one way or the other,
you go like a donkey. You can’t see anything on either side. You feel a rush of adrenaline mostly when you floor it,
and when they tell you “come on, we’re going to hit a bump in the road,
go on, go on, go on!” You get a real high out of it. I enjoy these moments most of all. As commander of the vehicle, I am in charge of the infantry combat elements
on board the vehicle, a total of six people. And also of the crew, namely the driver and gunner of the Pizarro vehicle. Since I was a kid, I liked the army and I enlisted as soon as I had the chance,
in mechanised infantry. My position is in the turret and I am in charge of
the principal weapon of the vehicle. We all have to support each other. If the driver needs help, I support him.
If I need help, the driver supports me. And if the commander needs help,
we support him. We’re going to spend six months away from home,
but I look forward to leaving. During the mission, one of the best things is to get to know other Allied countries,
who will show us their equipment. Each army works in a very different way, for sure. And also seeing their equipment. I was looking forward to coming here, because for the first time
a mechanised unit has been deployed abroad. I have been working for a long time
with this type of vehicle, with the Pizarro, since 2003.
And the first time is a great opportunity. It is what we are working for day by day
and what we are dreaming of, deploying with our vehicle, with our equipment. For them to see us,
to find out how we work. Driving here is quite different from driving in Spain, things that you have learned
after years of experience, driving and so on. This is typical for mechanised infantry. We bring everything we need inside the vehicle. In the end, you get used to
living with what you have, of course. For me it is my second home, definitely. It is our shelter,
it is where we keep, store everything. It is the house that we have out in the field. Life inside a vehicle is very intense, since you have to do absolutely
everything 24/7, with people. You get up with them,
you sleep with them, you eat with them. These are my overalls and my underwear. I am going to get changed
as soon as they finish the meeting inside the vehicle. In other words,
I’m going to throw you out of the vehicle. I think that women
are exactly the same as men in this job. You sleep close to them, and it’s ok, you need to change your clothes,
you go into the vehicle and the guys get out. The longest I’ve spent inside a vehicle is three days. I’ve never really suffered from claustrophobia. Overwhelmed, yes. These are very confined spaces, you’ve got to be able to move around
and stretch your legs and sometimes that’s not possible. Since I’m so small,
as the driver I’ve got quite a lot of space, but for example the gunner and
the commander in the turret don’t have any space whatsoever. There, you’ve got to feel a
bit overwhelmed to be honest. Come on, let’s eat something quickly. Who wants some bread? Fantastic. In this Pizarro, you’ve always got to listen to the radio. All day long, every minute, every second. If you’re eating, and they
call you and you’ve got to go, you’ve got to climb in and go in two seconds. There are days that we sleep for two hours,
others we sleep three or four. Normally, we take turns at night
so there’s always one of us keeping watch. If you’re on watch, we settle down
with the sleeping bag and bivouac. Then, if they call you, in two minutes
you throw all of your things in and you go. And other times when
we’re on watch, on high alert, you stay inside the vehicle,
with everybody in position, you put your head down
to sleep as much as possible and you take turns listening to the radio. For sure, over the past year,
we’ve spent more time together in this Pizarro than we have with our own families. Therefore, aside from being
your commander, gunner, driver, at the end of the day we’re all friends, buddies. You share everything and
that makes you a small but close-knit family. We’re here to unite everybody.
Units are like that. Whatever somebody is lacking in,
somebody else makes up for it, and you do your job, that’s what I like most. and you do your job, that’s what I like most. And above all, in a good atmosphere and with very good people,
both professionally and personally. The truth is, what we go through together
in this vehicle is like a family, because we spend the same or more
hours together than any real family.