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28 septembre 2012 5 28 /09 /septembre /2012 12:30



SAO PAULO, Sept. 27 (UPI)


Brazil's submarine development and construction project is filtering down to local manufacturers who hope to capitalize on the program's growing appetite for local expertise and component production.


The Brazilian defense market is valued at $38.27 billion this year, said ReportLinker's study, "The Brazilian Defense Industry: Market Opportunities and Entry Strategies, Analyses and Forecasts to 2017."


The report predicts Brazil will spend at least $2.87 billion on the procurement of military hardware and software, training, pension payments, maintenance, repair and overhaul.


The submarine project is a key element, compared only with the Brazilian air force's FX-2 jet fighter acquisition program. The FX-2 program hasn't moved forward while the government of President Dilma Rousseff weighs defense expenditure originally set out by former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.


Last month Rousseff unveiled plans to create a state-owned company to oversee production of the country's first nuclear submarine.


The Blue Amazon Defense Technologies or Amazul will be in charge of "promoting, developing, absorbing, transferring and maintaining" technologies needed for Brazil's nuclear program and nuclear power-related activities of the Brazilian navy, officials said.


Amazul will oversee the construction of Brazil's first nuclear-powered submarine, under way in Itaguai, Rio de Janeiro state.


Rousseff indicated Amazul's brief will be wider and will include creation of new businesses in Brazil's nuclear sector, likely to be concentrated around Sao Paolo, Brazil's largest city.


Amazul will have its headquarters in Sao Paolo.


In 2008, Brazil and France signed an agreement to build four diesel-electric submarines also known as SSK, and provide assistance in developing and fielding the non-nuclear parts of the one planned nuclear fast attack submarine.


Key specifics, such as the presence or absence of SSK air independent propulsion technologies, have yet to be made public, but the terms of the agreement leave the possibility open, Defense Industry Daily said on its website. Reports regarding the submarine deal's value have varied but are likely to exceed $5 billion.


Financing now appears to be in place, and recent releases explain the budgets, the timing and some of the key players in Brazil's Prosub program.


Least reported is the effect of the program on Brazilian defense industries big and small. The rise of Embraer as a major aviation and defense player has already spawned a series of small- to medium-scale defense industries catering for the rising demand for components.


Foreign defense manufacturers, drawn to competitive Brazilian prices, have been looking closely at the mushrooming components and parts industries. Brazilian parts manufacturers have been at pains to market their inventories are being more reliable than counterfeit Chinese spares known to be flooding the market.

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27 septembre 2012 4 27 /09 /septembre /2012 12:40



Sep 27, 2012 ASDNews Source : Embraer


Embraer Defense and Security announced today the selection of two Brazilian companies as suppliers to the KC-390 military transport jet program. Aerotron, headquartered in Itajubá, Minas Gerais, will provide ballistics protection and LH Colus, from São José dos Campos, São Paulo, seats and stretchers.


“We are quite pleased to announce another two Brazilian companies as suppliers of the KC-390 program”, said Eduardo Bonini Santos Pinto, Vice President of Operations & COO, Embraer Defense and Security. “Both companies bring to the program excellent solutions and we are certain that they will deliver technologically advanced products of the highest quality”.


“Aerotron is proud of its participation in the KC-390 program and also of the trust deposited by the Brazilian Air Force and by Embraer”, said Carlos O. Camara Reis, Aerotron’s General Director, which will develop the aircraft’s entire ballistics protection following Embraer requirements, whose initial components for the prototype will be delivered in 2013. “We are pleased to contribute to the commercial success of the KC-390”.


LH Colus will develop and deliver the first set of seats and stretchers for the KC-390 test flights, scheduled to begin in 2014. According to Luiz Henrique Colus, CEO of LH Colus, “our staff is very proud of its participation in the KC-390 program, developing the seats for the troops and the stretchers. This is evidence that we can manufacture in Brazil items that meet the stringent requirements of FAB related to the safety and comfort of the crew”.


The KC-390 is the largest plane ever built by the Brazilian aeronautics industry, and will establish a new standard for mid-size military transport aircraft in terms of performance, payload capacity and operational costs, with advanced mission and flight systems.

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26 septembre 2012 3 26 /09 /septembre /2012 17:10



Buenos Aires (UPI) Sep 25, 2012 Spacewar.com


Argentina and Venezuela will collaborate to build a trainer jet for deployment in member countries of the Union of South American States, officials said.


Unasur became operational in 2011 after more than two years of preparations and aims to become a defense and economic pact to the exclusion of North American states Canada and the United States.


Loosely modeled on the European Union, Unasur also aims to replace other regional organizations including Mercosur and the Organization of American States, which has headquarters in Washington.


Plans for extensive multi-faceted cooperation between the 12 member states have snagged on differences over existing regional trade organizations Mercosur and the Andean Community of Nations.


Unasur has a combined population of more than 396 million in Central and South America.


Even after the statement over the planned joint trainer jet project it was unclear if regional aviation giant Embraer of Brazil would play any role in the making of the plane.


Defense analysts said current plans focused on Argentina drawing state funding from Venezuela as part of its strategy to revive its defense industry.


The joint defense deal followed negotiations between Argentine officials and a Venezuelan military delegation following up on agreements signed in July.


Senior Argentine officials said the joint jet trainer project aimed to kick-start regional defense cooperation, touted for several years regional leaders but not implemented.


Officials say the joint trainer project will aim to harmonize armed forces training programs and operations. However, Brazil's absence from the plans is likely to slow progress.


Alongside the trainer aircraft there are plans afoot to explore joint production of a light armored transport vehicle tank likely to be deployed in border security operations, missiles and various naval vessels.


Argentine defense industry has suffered through several decades of neglect that coincided with the return to democratic rule. Successive elected governments veered away from defense modernization because of the military's past association with Argentine dictatorships.


Until the 1960s Argentina was well on way to becoming a significant aircraft manufacturer but a U.S. arms embargo in response to the dictators' human rights abuses led to a decline in defense production. Subsequent privatizations of defense plants extinguished what remained of defense production.


A government review of the country's neglected defense industry led to the reopening of several plants that had been abandoned. A new emphasis on technological transfer partnerships with foreign suppliers has focused on developing electronics and avionics capacity.

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26 septembre 2012 3 26 /09 /septembre /2012 16:30

Rafale photo2 Sirpa Air


September 26, 2012 defpro.com


NEWTOWN, Conn. | Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has put off selecting a winner of the Air Force's FX-2 fighter program until at least mid-2013.


The Air Force has asked the three contenders to renew their bids every six months. The Air Force says that the renewal process is a "normal procedure" while the government continues to assess the offers. The current bidding window will end December 31. It was hoped that a decision would be made at that time rather than push the competition into the following year. At this rate, the earliest a selection will be made would be in June 2013.


Although there has been no firm reason provided for the delay, several unnamed senior officials believe that funding may be partly to blame.


Dassault Aviation's Rafale is competing against the Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet and the Saab Gripen NG for a $4-$7 billion contract. The contract envisions the procurement of an initial batch of 36 fights and could climb as high as 150 aircraft. The contract also has a strict requirement for technology transfer.


The president stressed the importance of direct support for the defense industry from both the state and the private sector.


Russia's defense industry accounts for 1,353 organizations and companies in 64 regions of the country, and employs over two million people

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26 septembre 2012 3 26 /09 /septembre /2012 12:50



Sep 26, 2012 ASDNews Source : Eurocopter


Eurocopter delivered the first of two EC145s to the Bolivian Air Force last August, during an official ceremony attended by the Bolivian President Evo Morales Ayma and the High Command of the Bolivian Armed Forces and the Bolivian Air Force. These helicopters will be used for government officials’ transportation and to provide support in the event of natural disasters and emergencies.


Eurocopter’s relationship with the Bolivian Air Force dates back to the 1970s with the Lama and Alouette helicopters, renowned for their excellent performance in conditions of extreme altitude and temperatures which made them ideal for operations in Bolivia’s high plateau region. In 2009 they were replaced by the Ecureuil/Astar AS350 B3, which earned its place in aviation history in 2005 for touching down and taking off from the summit of Mount Everest.


In 2011, the Bolivian Air Force ordered two new twin-engine EC145s to further modernize its fleet. This new helicopter, which is highly versatile thanks to its superior safety standards, will be used for VIP transportation and to provide support during natural disasters, rescue missions, fire-fighting, MEDEVAC and parapublic missions, among others.


“We are honored to deliver this aircraft to the Plurinational State of Bolivia, one of the first countries in the region to purchase and operate this powerful helicopter,” said Alexandre Ceccacci, CEO of Eurocopter Cono Sur. “This purchase paves the way for the introduction in Bolivia of new twin-engine helicopters with greater capacity.”


Eurocopter has delivered more than 500 EC145s to some 100 customers in 38 countries. It is the helicopter of choice in the medium-size twin-engine category in view of its flexibility and versatility. This rotary-wing aircraft is renowned worldwide for police and public service missions and operations in conditions of extreme altitude and temperature. Its capacity of up to 10 passengers and an extensive range of cutting-edge optional equipment ensure outstanding performance in a wide array of missions, including onshore and offshore airlift for the oil & gas industries, emergency medical services, police and public services, as well as business and VIP transportation.

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26 septembre 2012 3 26 /09 /septembre /2012 12:45

C-130J Super Hercules photo Lockheed Martin


Sep 26, 2012 ASDNews Source : Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA)


The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress September 21 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Mexico for two C-130J-30 aircraft and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $412 million.


The Government of Mexico has requested a sale of 2 C-130J-30 aircraft, 10 AE2100D3 engines (8 installed and 2 spares), aircraft modifications, Government Furnished Equipment, communication equipment, spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistical and program support. The estimated cost is $412 million.


This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by providing presidential support and potentially supporting missions in Mexico’s fight against criminal organizations, drugs, and gang activities. This proposed sale directly supports the Mexican government and serves the interests of the Mexican people and the United States.


The proposed sale of C-130Js to Mexico will primarily be used for presidential support, but may also be used to support drug interdiction and other security missions by providing airlift support for its forces. Mexico, which already operates a mix of legacy C-130s, will have no difficulty absorbing these additional aircraft into its inventory. Mexico has also requested that the sale include three years of training and sustainment support.


The proposed sale of these aircraft and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

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25 septembre 2012 2 25 /09 /septembre /2012 18:43

Rafale photo2 Sirpa Air


25/09/2012 latribune.fr


Selon Reuters, le Brésil devrait à nouveau reporter sa décision sur la sélection d'un avion de combat en vue de renouveler sa flotte. Le F-18 de Boeing reviendrait dans la course face au Rafale (Dassault Aviation) et au Gripen (Saab).


Le Brésil ne prendra pas de décision avant mi-2013 au sujet du renouvellement de sa flotte d'avions de chasse, un contrat évalué à au moins quatre milliards de dollars (3 milliards d'euros), ont déclaré deux responsables à Reuters. La présidente de la République du Brésil, Dilma Rousseff, choisira elle-même le constructeur qui équipera l'armée de l'air brésilienne avec 36 nouveaux appareils. Elle pourrait informer le président américain Barack Obama de ce report en marge de l'Assemblée générale des Nations unies, qui s'ouvre mardi à New York. La décision a été reportée en raison notamment de contraintes budgétaires, a dit l'une des sources.


"Le débat (interne) porte désormais sur des points plus précis et je pense que nous approchons d'une décision", a dit ce responsable. "Mais elle ne sera pas annoncée en 2012". En février, Dilma Rousseff avait une préférence pour le Rafale de Dassault Aviation, selon Reuters. Cependant, de nouvelles incertitudes ont surgi en raison du coût de cet appareil et surtout des conditions des transferts de technologie, facteur essentiel dans la décision de Dilma Rousseff, ont dit les responsables, s'exprimant sous le sceau de l'anonymat. Le Brésil exige un transfert de technologie total pour construire sur place l'appareil, avec la possibilité de le vendre ensuite sur le marché régional.


Boeing, le come-back ?


En outre, Boeing a marqué des points dans le même temps en annonçant une série de partenariats avec le constructeur brésilien Embraer. En février, le groupe américain avait gelé ses tarifs depuis son offre initiale en 2009, ce qui devrait accroître l'avantage de son F-18 sur le Rafale en terme de prix, même si on ignore le coût unitaire des deux appareils dans le cadre de cet appel d'offres. "Boeing semble assurément aller mieux depuis quelques mois", a dit le deuxième responsable.


L'armée de l'air brésilienne demande tous les six mois aux concurrents de renouveler leur intérêt pour l'appel d'offre. Le dernier en date s'achevait le 30 juin, l'actuel courrait jusqu'à la fin de l'année. ce serait la cinquième prorogation del'appel d'offre pour une durée de six mois, si l'information était confirmée.

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25 septembre 2012 2 25 /09 /septembre /2012 08:00

Rafale photo2 Sirpa Air


24.09.2012 20minutes.fr (Reuters)

Le Brésil ne prendra pas de décision avant mi-2013 au sujet du renouvellement de sa flotte d'avions de chasse et Boeing semble avoir repris du terrain à Dassault et Saab pour décrocher ce contrat portant sur au moins quatre milliards de dollars, ont déclaré deux responsables à Reuters.


La présidente Dilma Rousseff choisira elle-même le constructeur qui fournira plus de 36 nouveaux appareils à l'aviation brésilienne. Elle pourrait informer le président américain Barack Obama de ce report en marge de l'Assemblée générale des Nations unies, qui s'ouvre mardi à New York. La décision a été reportée en raison notamment de contraintes budgétaires, a dit l'une des sources. «Le débat (interne) porte désormais sur des points plus précis et je pense que nous approchons d'une décision», a dit ce responsable. «Mais elle ne sera pas annoncée en 2012.»


Boeing bien parti

Reuters a rapporté en février que Dilma Rousseff avait une préférence pour le Rafale de Dassault. Cependant, de nouvelles incertitudes ont surgi en raison du coût de cet appareil et surtout des conditions des transferts de technologie, facteur essentiel dans la décision de Dilma Rousseff, ont dit les responsables, s'exprimant sous le sceau de l'anonymat.

En outre, Boeing a marqué des points dans le même temps en annonçant une série de partenariats avec le constructeur brésilien Embraer. Reuters a aussi rapporté en février que Boeing avait gelé ses tarifs depuis son offre initiale en 2009, ce qui devrait accroître l'avantage de son F-18 sur le Rafale en terme de prix, même si on ignore le coût unitaire des deux appareils dans le cadre de cet appel d'offres. «Boeing semble assurément aller mieux depuis quelques mois», a dit le deuxième responsable. Saab semble en revanche distancé, ont ajouté les deux sources.

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25 septembre 2012 2 25 /09 /septembre /2012 07:15

Kfir photo Colombian Air Force


24 Sep 2012 by Arie Egozi - FG


Elbit Systems will build a new mission training centre (MTC) for the Colombian air force during 2014, with its contract valued at $18.5 million.


According to the Israeli company, the facility is designed to improve the operational readiness of fighter pilots by training in various mission scenarios, in varying war zones and using relevant threat environments. The high quality of instruction to be provided using the MTC will enable the customer to perform some of its training sorties using synthetic training devices instead of combat aircraft, allowing for the optimal use of existing resources, it adds.


Elbit refused to confirm the identity of its customer for the MTC deal, saying only that its contract has been placed on behalf of a "Latin American air force", but sources confirm it is Colombia.


Its new contract is built on the experience gained from building a major MTC for the Israeli air force, which supports the instruction of pilots for the service's Lockheed Martin F-16s and Boeing F-15s.


Colombia's future MTC will enable joint training between students, both within the air force and at an interoperable level, including its integration with other training systems, even those housed at geographically distant locations.


The Colombian air force's combat aircraft inventory includes ex-Israeli air force Kfir fighters supplied by Israel Aerospace Industries, plus Cessna A-37, Embraer EMB-314 Super Tucano and Rockwell OV-10 strike aircraft, says Flightglobal's MiliCAS database.

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24 septembre 2012 1 24 /09 /septembre /2012 22:37


source defense-update.com


24/09/2012 Michel Cabirol – LaTribune.fr


Les deux groupes, spécialistes pourtant dans le domaine de la surveillance des frontières, ont perdu fin août un mégacontrat au Brésil évalué à 6 milliards de dollars. C'est l'avionneur brésilien Embraer qui a raflé la mise.


En France, c'est passé relativement inaperçu... Et pourtant, c'est une belle claque pour Thales et pour la filiale défense d'EADS, Cassidian, qui ont perdu fin août un mégacontrat au Brésil portant sur la surveillance de frontières, baptisé Sisfron (Sistema Integrado de Monitoramento de Fronteiras), piloté par l'armée de terre. Le montant global de cette opération est évalué à 6 milliards de dollars (4,64 milliards  d'euros). Deux groupes pourtant spécialistes dans ce domaine. Ce qu'on perdu en fait Thales (associé à Northrop Flight Technologies) et EADS (pourtant en compagnie du groupe brésilien Odebrecht), c'est la phase de mise en oeuvre initiale, qui va durer deux ans (400 millions de dollars, 310 millions d'euros). Au final, le consortium brésilien Tepro, piloté par l'avionneur brésilien Embraer, associé à Savis technologia et OrbiSat Industra, a raflé la mise.


Le consortium est entré dans la phase de négociation du programme Sisfron, qui implique le contrôle des frontières terrestres, soit 17.000 km partagés avec dix pays différents : Uruguay, Argentine, Paraguay, Bolivie, Pérou, Colombie, Venezuela, Guyane, Surinam et France (Guyane Française). Sisfron est un réseau de radars de surveillance, de capteurs, de commande et de systèmes de communication de contrôle et des drones conçu pour améliorer la protection des frontières du Brésil. Le système est destiné à aider l'armée de terre dans sa prise de décision et de coordonner les actions avec l'ensemble des organisations et agences gouvernementales, responsables du contrôle et de la surveillance des frontières.

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24 septembre 2012 1 24 /09 /septembre /2012 07:45

Penguin Missile


September 22, 2012: Strategy Page


Brazil recently ordered more ($43 million worth) Norwegian Penguin anti-ship missiles for use by their navy helicopters. Four years ago Brazil bought a dozen Penguins and were sufficiently satisfied with the missile that they bought 40 more. The Penguin weighs 370 kg (814 pounds) and has a range of 55 kilometers. The Penguin has been in service since 1973, and has been constantly upgraded. The current version costs about a million dollars each. The missile has been exported to many countries, including the United States, and is carried by F-16s, various types of helicopters, and small warships.

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21 septembre 2012 5 21 /09 /septembre /2012 12:10

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September 21, 2012 defpro.com


SEOUL | South Korea and Peru agreed Thursday to expand exchanges and cooperation between their navies, including the South's provision of training necessary for the South American nation to better operate naval vessels expected to be built with Korean technologies, the Korean Navy said, according to Yonhap.


The memorandum of understanding was signed between South Korea's Navy chief, Adm. Choi Yun-hee, and his visiting Peruvian counterpart Carlos Tejada at the South's naval academy on the southern coast city of Jinhae, the Navy said in a statement.


The agreement calls for the Navy to provide training to help Peru better operate vessels the country is expected to build jointly with South Korea. In April, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., a South Korean shipbuilder, signed an MOU with Peru's government to jointly build naval ships.


The deal also calls for expanding broader exchanges and cooperation in various areas.


"Peru is a brother country that provided emergency relief funds to help save the Republic of Korea out of crisis during the Korean War, and condemned North Korea's brutality at the time of the shelling of Yeonpyeong Island," Choi said, referring to the North's 2010 artillery attack on the South.


"I hope South Korea's shipbuilding industry with the world's top technologies, IT technologies and the South Korean Navy's excellent training system will be helpful for the advancement of Peru's navy," he said. (Yonhap)

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19 septembre 2012 3 19 /09 /septembre /2012 07:05



18 September 2012 airforce-technology.com


The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) has signed a contract with Embraer Defense and Security for logistics support and services for its fleet of 24 ERJ-145 jet aircraft.


Signed as part of the Embraer Support Solution for the Government (ESSG) programme, the contract has a maximum potential value of $130m, and comprises a $98m firm award for routine logistical support and an additional $32m for optional services.


Under the terms of contract, the company will deliver a range of services such as material support, repair management, maintenance technical control, engineering support, and field technical support, in addition to maintenance services for the air force.


The ERJ-145, ERJ-135, Legacy 600, EMB-145 RS aircraft and the airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) system family of aircraft, are all covered by the contract.


Eduardo Bonini Santos Pinto, Embraer Defense and Security COO and Operations senior vice-president, said: "We are convinced that the ESSG Program will contribute for a more efficient and economical management of FAB´s fleet."


Paulo Joao Cury, FAB Aeronautic and War Materials Department director major brigadier, said the order marks a great achievement for the development of the national defence industry, as evident by the experience and quality of Embraer services.


"The ESSG Program allows the Air Force to meet its institutional objectives, including national territorial defense, with high performance and availability," Cury added.


Featuring a flat rate and defined performance requirements, the ESSG represents an integrated solution aimed at enhancing fleet availability and operational readiness, eliminating financial risk for the customer.


The programme uses a centralised management to enable FAB significantly lower operational and support cost, by supporting long term planning, integration of global partners and suppliers' network, and also providing clear definition of deadlines for parts supply.

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17 septembre 2012 1 17 /09 /septembre /2012 12:24

C-295 photo Airbus Military source FG


17.09.2012 Helen Chachaty


Airbus Military annonce avoir signé un contrat avec la Colombie pour la fabrication et la livraison d’un C295, destiné à équiper l’armée de l’air colombienne.


Ce cinquième avion, en configuration de transport tactique, devrait être livré en février 2013.


La Colombian Air Force possède quatre C295 depuis 2008, ainsi que des CN235-200, également destinés au transport.


Avec cette commande, le C295 a été commandé à 114 exemplaires dont 86 déjà livrés.

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17 septembre 2012 1 17 /09 /septembre /2012 12:14



17 September 2012 army-technology.com


Elbit Systems Brazilian subsidiary AEL Sistemas has received an initial production contract for the delivery of unmanned turrets for the country's army's VBTP-MR Guarani armoured personnel carrier (APCs).


The $15m deal forms part of a R$440m ($260m) framework contract secured by the company in January 2011 for the supply of 30mm cannon-equipped UT30 BR unmanned turrets to the Brazilian Army's land forces, as part of the Guarani project.


Under the contract terms, the company will supply an unspecified number of unmanned turrets for integration into a batch of Iveco-built 6×6 Guarani vehicles, scheduled for completion in the next two years.


The first UT30 BR turret under the previous contract was received and installed aboard Guarani APC by the army following customer acceptance tests in September 2011, which involved validation of the turret's operational functions, as well as its firing capabilities at static and moving targets.


Featuring a sensor package and a 30mm gun, the UT-30 is a dual-axis stabilised unmanned turret capable of converting an APC into an infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) without deck penetration.


The turret is also equipped with a 7.62mm coaxial machine gun, a laser warning system (LWS), commander panoramic sight and smoke grenade launchers, as well as an automatic target tracker.


Developed jointly by Iveco and Brazilian Army, the Guarani is a 6x6 wheeled drive amphibious machine designed to replace the country's fleet of ageing EE-11 Urutu and Cascavel armoured fighting vehicles by 2015.


Iveco had received a R$240m ($118.7m) order for development and delivery of an initial batch of 86 VBTP-MR vehicles to the army in August 2012.


Overall, the army is planning to acquire approximately 2,044 Guaranis in the next 20 years to enable restructuring of its mechanised forces.

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15 septembre 2012 6 15 /09 /septembre /2012 12:15



September 14, 2012 defpro.com


São Paulo, Brazil | Embraer Defense and Security and the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) signed a contract for the supply of logistics support and services for the fleet of 24 ERJ-145 (ERJ-145, ERJ-135, Legacy 600, RS, and AEW&C) family operated by FAB. The ESSG (Embraer Support Solution for the Government) program includes material support, repair management, maintenance technical control, engineering support, and field technical support, besides scheduled and unscheduled maintenance services. The contract could reach US$ 130 million, of which US$ 98 million is a firm order for routine logistical support, with a potential adition of US$ 32 million in optional services.


The ESSG Program is an integrated solution that increases fleet availability and mission readiness, with a flat rate and defined performance requirements, eliminating financial risk for the client. By means of centralized management, it enables long term planning, integration of the global partners and suppliers' network, and clear definition of deadlines for parts delivery. The expected result is a significant operational and support cost reduction for FAB.


“Providing FAB with a new service model, which will enable our client to accomplish its missions with excellence gives us great satisfaction,” said Eduardo Bonini Santos Pinto, Senior Vice-President of Operations and COO - Embraer Defense and Security. “We are convinced that the ESSG Program will contribute for a more efficient and economical management of FAB's fleet.”


“This contract represents a great accomplishment for the development of the national defense industry, as attested by the experience and quality of Embraer services,” said Major-Brigadier Paulo João Cury, Director of Aeronautic and War Materials Department at FAB. “The ESSG Program allows the Air Force to meet its institutional objectives, including national territorial defense, with high performance and availability.”

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14 septembre 2012 5 14 /09 /septembre /2012 16:45



September 13, 2012 defpro.com


KONGSBERG has signed a contract with the Brazilian Navy for the delivery of Penguin anti-ship missiles and associated equipment valued EUR 33 million.


The missiles will be deployed on the Brazilian Navy's new maritime helicopters.




Penguin is the world's leading anti-ship missile on naval helicopters. The Penguin became the first anti-ship cruise missile developed in the western world, it has been continuously updated and is today an advanced all-digital guided weapon system with numerous selectable flight profiles and trajectories.


The missile is designed for use in the littorals as well as on open sea.


The ship-launched version of Penguin is operational on board small and medium sized ships of different navies. The helicopter launched Penguin is operational with several nations and is integrated to different types of helicopters.


The combination of covert targeting, passive flight path and selectable waypoint manoeuvres makes the Penguin an effective weapon against most surface combatants.


The Penguin missile is a state of the art, highly effective weapon with an accurate navigation system and sophisticated passive infra-red homing array. This ensures its ability to operate in close proximity to land whilst being immune to all known radar countermeasures, IR-decoys and jamming.


Penguin has been developed to meet the complex operating environment encountered in the Norwegian littorals, notably in their ability to navigate through archipelagos and across terrain, and in their deployment of highly discriminative passive target homing technology.


The Penguin has been selected and is operational on ships and helicopters in Norway and seven other navies around the world. Many nations have expressed serious interest for the missile.

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14 septembre 2012 5 14 /09 /septembre /2012 16:35



09/13/2012  Bruno Fernandes - defenceiq.com


The need to modernise and refit the Brazilian Armed Forces has been discussed for some time. With outdated equipment and little weaponry, the subject is increasingly getting more attention in the Planalto Palace since Dilma Rousseff took over the Presidency of the Republic. The country needs to invest in order to be able to defend itself in a possible war scenario, especially to protect its oil reserves and the Amazon Rainforest.See below five recent statements made by the President on the theme:


1. “In the current global order, we are taking a political-strategic position that imposes new responsibilities and challenges to Brazil in the defense of peace. In view of such reality, the Navy refitting efforts are a strategic demand” (June/2012).


2. “The performance of our Armed Forces, whether through  missions under the aegis of the UN (United Nations) and the OAS (Organization of American States) or in the defense of our borders and our sovereignty, requires quality equipment, ready to be used, and adequately prepared and motivated staff” (June/2012).


3. “We are and will continue to be a peaceful country, which respects the sovereignty of other nations, living in peaces with them and that values its good and fruitful relations with our neighbors for over 140 years. But we know that the deterrent capacity of Brazil is critical to the continuity of such peace and mutual respect scenario. The cooperation with the civil security forces at federal, state and local levels to regain control over troubled areas, to ensure the security of major international events, such as those that Brazil will host, and at the same time the need for a presence of the Brazilian Armed Forces in a deterrent nature, impose new performance spaces and major challenges at all levels. Such proper deterrent capacity requires, as I’ve said, well equipped and well trained Armed Forces and also demands a strong national defense industry. And this is what we are responsible for building, increasingly, in the coming years. For such purpose, we are working so that the recomposition of the operational capacity of the Armed Forces is associated to the search for technological autonomy and accompanied of the strengthening of the national defense industry, since this is how our Armed Forces will continue performing, with excellence, their constitutional duties” (May/2012).


4. “Our Strategic Plan of National Defense must have a focus, which is to advance in the technological modernization of our Armed Forces. And, so that it happens in a stable manner and in an integrated and virtuous manner, it is essential to strengthen the national defense industry” (September/2011).


5. For the continued excellence of such performance it is essential that we are able to properly fit our Armed Forces, properly fit them, helping to lever our productive capacity, our defense industry and our technological autonomy. We must continue encouraging the technological development programs of the three forces and continue the structuring programs of our national defense strategy. Know that the Brazilian Armed Forces will have, in the tenure of this President, a strong incentive to the professionalism of our military officers and the strengthening of capacity of the Navy, Army and Air Force, to the conduction of joint operations” (August/2011).

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SANTIAGO, Chile, Sept. 13 (UPI)


Chile is in talks with the Netherlands to purchase eight Cougar helicopters that are likely to be reconditioned and upgraded to form part of an air cavalry brigade.


The Latin American country has been seeking to modernize its armed forces and its military arsenal but is hamstrung by funding constraints and, in some cases, political barriers to what the forces' commanders want to buy.


The Cougars are part of a Dutch armed forces armada that is targeted for a drawdown. Officials in the Netherlands have said the military's need for cash is behind the decision to run down the current inventory, which they see as excessive to need in peace time.


The Cougar is the Eurocopter's AS532 version, a twin-engine, medium-weight, multipurpose aircraft developed by France and built by Eurocopter and Turkish Aerospace Industries.


The AS532 is an upgrade of the Aerospatiale Puma in its militarized form and has been superseded by the Eurocopter EC725.


The secondhand helicopters meet an immediate challenge for Chile, which is aiming to upgrade its armed forces' equipment as economically and fast as possible.


The Cougars' availability appeared as the Dutch announced a controversial decision to sell some military equipment. The move was hotly contested in the Netherlands.


Chile's medium-term plan is to create an air cavalry brigade to meet challenges to national security posed by drug overlords and their collaborators in underground movements.


The eight helicopters will join a fleet up to 30 helicopters that will form part of a planned air cavalry brigade. Current plans call for a carefully chosen force of up to 1,200 elite officers and troops, El Periodista news website said.


The special brigade will likely be deployed both in tactical transport and in attack missions.


Discussion on the military procurement program for the cavalry brigade has wavered between securing the most cost-effective solution and building a seamless operation with compatible hardware.


Some military commanders backed the idea of having all helicopters from the same manufacturer but cost considerations kept getting in the way.


Chilean army commander Gen. Juan Miguel Fuente-Alba said he favored a standardized helicopter force from a single manufacturer but that doesn't seem to be happening.


Support is also growing for a better-equipped Chilean army with its own air support backup.


El Periodista said the army wants to enhance its fixed-wing capabilities and is seriously considering three to five Spartan C27J twin-engine light transport aircraft for its inventory. The aircraft costs about $53 million and is manufactured by Alenia Aeronautica of Italy.

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Type 206A diesel electric submarine


September 13, 2012 defpro.com


During a ceremony held August 28, 2012, on the grounds of the Naval Arsenal in Kiel, Germany, two former Type 206A submarines were commissioned into the Colombian Navy.


The ceremony was attended, among others, by the Colombian Ambassador to Germany Dr. Juan Mayr, te commander of the Colombian Navy Admiral Roberto Garcia, Deputy Director Christian Fischer of the German MoD and the acting commander of the fleet, Rear Admiral Michael Mollenhauer.


Under a contract concluded between Colombia and the HDW shipyard, the latter "tropicalized" the two submarines, which were originally designed for use in the Baltic. These activities have included the technical integration of the Naval Arsenal is intended.


Following the successful completion of the tropicalization the two boats -- 48.6 meters long and displacing 500 tonnes -- were loaded onto a special vessel which is transporting them to their new home port of Cartagena de Indias (Colombia).


"Intrepido" and "Indomable" will support two other submarines built by HDW in Kiel for the Colombian navy, "Tayrona" and "Pijao" (Type 209).


Until March 31, 2011, "Intrepido" and "Indomable" belonged to the German navy, with the sail numbers U 23 and U 24. They were built in 1972/1973 and commissioned into the German navy in 1974/1975.


(Issued in German only; unofficial translation by defense-aerospace.com)

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12 septembre 2012 3 12 /09 /septembre /2012 12:35



Sep 11, 2012 ASDNews Source : Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC)


Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been awarded a contract to supply the hybrid global positioning system (GPS) and inertial reference system for the Embraer Defense and Security KC-390 medium-lift military transport aircraft.


Under the contract, the company's German navigation systems subsidiary, Northrop Grumman LITEF, will provide the fibre-optic, gyro-compass LCR-100 Attitude and Heading Reference System. The system will be used on Embraer's new fly-by-wire KC-390 aircraft, which is anticipated to have the first flight in 2014.


"The LCR-100 gyro-compass brings efficiencies, savings and safety to Embraer's KC-390 military transport aircraft," said Eckehardt Keip, managing director for Northrop Grumman LITEF. "This system will meet the exacting standards Embraer sets for its new aircraft."


The LCR-100 is a high-performing inertial reference system that provides navigation information regarding the aircraft's position, heading and attitude. The gyro-compass feature eliminates the need for a magnetic sensing unit. Additionally, the system offers extended coasting performance that allows the aircraft to maintain accuracy and continue to provide navigation information in the event of GPS signal loss.


Northrop Grumman LITEF is a leading supplier of inertial sensors, inertial reference, and inertial navigation systems and computers with products deployed in more than 30 countries in aircraft, marine vessels and ground mobile applications. The company has more than 15,000 fibre-optic gyro systems serving in aircraft worldwide.


The KC-390 is a Brazilian air force project that is anticipated to set new standards in the medium-lift military transport market for performance, cargo capacity, flexibility and life cycle costs. In addition to troop and cargo transportation, the aircraft will be capable of in-flight refueling, search and rescue, and medical evacuation.

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12 septembre 2012 3 12 /09 /septembre /2012 11:40

F16 photo Streetbrake


12 September 2012 airforce-technology.com


ITT Exelis has completed successful flight tests of its upgraded ALQ-211 Advanced Defensive Electronic Warfare System (AIDEWS) aboard the Chilean Air Force's (FACh) F-16 Block 50 Fighting Falcon aircraft at Los Condores Air Base in Chile.


Conducted from 4-18 July 2012, the demonstrations tested the capabilities of AIDEWS Block 5.2 configuration against a wide range of airborne fire control radars with overlapping operating frequencies.


The tests were carried out by ITT Exelis, in collaboration with the FACh and the US Air Force (USAF), in an effort to validate the latest modifications of AIDEWS's air-to-air electronic warfare capability.


Stuart Altman, Exelis Electronic Systems AIDEWS business area lead, said: "These test flight successes demonstrate our commitment to having the best possible technology to ensure our international allies can complete their missions, avoiding and defeating any threats, and returning safely.'"


The flight tests involved one year of planning and coordination by the FACh and US personnel, as well as extended laboratory and flight testing in the US.


Dubbed as a ''critical operational asset'' by FACh officials, the upgraded Block 5.2 standard supports the forthcoming delivery of combat capable electronic warfare mission data to five nations with AIDEWS equipped F-16 aircraft.


Developed from the Exelis ALQ-211 (V) 4 system, the AIDEWS is a next-generation integrated radar warning system designed to provide pilots with situational awareness and protection against radar-based threats, including modern surface-to-air and air-to-air weapon systems.


The system has been integrated into a wide variety of US and allied defence rotary-wing and fighter aircraft, such as the NH-90 helicopter, V-22 Osprey, MH-47, MH-60 Black Hawk, F-16 Fighter and several commercial platforms.


Exelis is currently developing more than 180 AIDEWS systems for six nations, as part of the company's foreign military sales (FMS) programme, and has to date delivered 140 systems along with continuous software support to customers across the globe.

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12 September 2012 airforce-technology.com


Rohde & Schwarz (R&S) has received a contract from Embraer Defense & Security to supply airborne transceivers for the Brazilian Air Force's (FAB) KC-390 tanker aircraft development programme.


R&S will deliver an undisclosed number of M3AR software defined very high frequency/ultra high frequency (VHF/UHF) airborne transceivers to Embraer for integration into the KC-390 tanker.


Each KC-390 aircraft is expected to be installed with two advanced R&S M3AR radios, which feature frequency hopping and encryption capabilities.


The R&S M3AR is a multiband, multirole radio designed to enable secure transmission of mission-critical information between jet or propeller aircraft, helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), with a frequency range from 30MHz to 400MHz.


The multimode radio is capable of serving as a form, fit and function (F3) replacement for traditional AN/ARC-164 radios, and is remotely controlled by using a MIL-STD-1553B data bus or the R&S GB6500 control unit.


The first R&S M3AR radio for KC-390 prototype development is scheduled for delivery by 2013.


Over 6,000 R&S M3AR radios have been delivered by the company to customers worldwide for integration into various aircraft types, including the A400M, Eurofighter Typhoon, NH90, Tiger and F16 fighter aircraft.


The FAB has ordered a total of 28 KC-390s from Embraer under a $1.3bn deal in April 2009, to help replace its current fleet of 22 Lockheed Martin-built C-130E/Hs and KC-130 aircraft.


The KC-390 is a twin-engine, medium-lift military transport aircraft designed to conduct troop and cargo transport in Antarctica and Amazon regions, as well as aerial delivery, in-flight refuelling, search and rescue (SAR) and medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) operations.


The first flight of the KC-390 is expected to take place in 2014, followed by entry into operational service in 2016.

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11 septembre 2012 2 11 /09 /septembre /2012 07:50



XEREM, Brazil, Sept. 10 (UPI)


A Brazilian subsidiary of France's Safran Group has expanded its helicopter engine facility.


The expanded plant features a new assembly line and testing lines for Makila 2 engines and Saphir 20 auxiliary power units used on EC225/725 helicopters the Brazilian military is to receive from a local subsidiary of Eurocopter.


Turbomeca do Brasil said the engines and power units it will produce for the 50 helicopters will be installed on the aircraft by helicopter manufacturer Helibras.


The expanded facility, under a 2011 support contract with Brazil's Ministry of Defense, will also maintain and overhaul all Makila 2 engines already in use in the country.


"This expansion is the result of the important growth of the helicopter market in Brazil and in Latin America and of our commitment to bring the closest support to our civil and military customers," said Turbomeca do Brasil President Francois Haas.


Turbomeca has operated in Brazil since 1977.

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11 septembre 2012 2 11 /09 /septembre /2012 07:35

UH-60 Black Hawk source asdnews




Brazil's increased defense and security needs have prompted the country's armed forces to consider deploying more of the U.S. Black Hawk helicopters on humanitarian and military missions in the Amazon and beyond.


A modified S-70 variant of Sikorsky's HH-60 'Pave Hawk' search and rescue helicopter seems to be carving out its own niche in Brazil, Defense Industry Daily reported on its Web site.


The Pave Hawk is an extensively modified version of Black Hawk used primarily by the U.S. Air Force and South Korea's armed forces.


The twin turboshaft engine helicopter incorporates the U.S. Air Force PAVE electronic systems program but it's not clear if the software and hardware supplied to Brazil includes all the elements deployed by U.S. forces.


The helicopter, part of Sikorsky's S-70 family, comprises a much smaller fleet in Brazil than Bell and Eurocopter models that make up a greater part of the Brazilian military inventory.


The price of individual units was not mentioned but industry sources said each helicopter could cost up to $15.8 million.


Brazil has also not confirmed the number of additional helicopters it plans to deploy in its forces and the numbers of the two versions likely to be in use in the long term.


The MH-60G Pave Hawk is primarily used for the recovery of special operations personnel, while the HH-60G Pave Hawk is usually assigned to wartime duties such as recovery of personnel under stressful conditions, and search and rescue.


Both versions are also known to be extremely versatile in day or night operations in hostile environments.


The report follows news media reports that Brazilian armed forces have embarked on a multibillion-dollar defense diversification and upgrade program. Brazilian armed forces want to increase their presence in the Amazonian region, where the government has faced drug and people smuggling and, occasionally, spillover of guerrilla activity in neighboring countries.


Sikorsky said it received a $10.1 million firm-fixed-price contract modification "to procure aircraft for the Brazilian air force in support of Foreign Military Sales."


Work will be performed at facilities at the company's headquarters in Stratford, Conn., with an estimated completion date of February 2014, Sikorsky said.


Black Hawk variants, including naval derivatives, are in use or on order by other countries in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and East Asia. More than 2,400 helicopters of various versions of Hawk have been delivered to armed forces worldwide.


Read more: http://www.upi.com/Business_News/Security-Industry/2012/09/10/Brazil-poised-to-use-more-Black-Hawks/UPI-25631347322228/#ixzz267ZHk6W5

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