June 28, 2012 defense-aerospace.com
(Source: Brazilian Minister of Defence; issued June 27, 2012)
(Issued in Portuguese; unofficial translation by defense-aerospace.com)
Defense Will Have 1.527 billion reals for CAP Equipment (edited excerpts)
BRASILIA --- The Ministry of Defence will receive 1.527 billion reals (USD 733 million) from the Accelerated Growth Program (AGP) for defense equipment. The funds will allow the purchase of 4,170
trucks, 40 Guarani armored vehicles and 30 Astros 2020 missile launcher vehicles. The transfer of the funds was approved today (June 27), through a Provisional Measure signed by President
Rousseff during a ceremony held at the Presidential Palace.
Overall, this program will allocate 8.43 billion reals (USD 4,046 million) in 2012, and aims to stimulate the Brazilian economy to expand investment and to generate employment and income.
The Provisional Measure referred to the National Congress frees up a budget of 6.611 billion reals that were contingent. The details of the PAC equipment were disclosed by the Minister of
Finance, Guido Mantega, to justify the measures taken by the federal government to stimulate the national economy.
To cope with present economic difficulties, the government is taking steps to foster the internal market. In her speech, Rousseff also highlighted the importance of the resource allocation
program to the Ministry of Defence for the purchase of equipment for the Armed Forces.
"All purchases we decide are intended to meet the needs of the Brazilian people. I'll quote: buses for school transportation, trucks and vehicles for the Armed Forces, which have to be
re-equipped as they play a crucial role; ambulances to expand the Samu; trucks and drilling equipment for water wells to help fight droughts, the backhoes, as I said, for maintenance of local
roads; furnishings for public schools," she said.
The Ministry of Defence will receive 1.527 billion reals for military equipment developed from national projects manufactured in Brazil. Of this total, 342.4 million reals will be for the
purchase of 40 Guarani wheeled armored vehicles. As the Army had ordered 21 units of the tank for this year, the PAC supplementary funding will allow another 19 Guarani to be added to the list.
The plan also provides 246 million reals to acquire 30 Astros 2020 missile launch vehicles. The remaining 939.6 million reals will allow the purchase of 4,170 trucks of different types and models
used to transport troops and cargo. These vehicles will join the 900 originally planned, and bring the total order to 5,070 trucks in 2012.
About the equipment:
The Guarani is a project of the Brazilian Army. This is the first model of a family of armored vehicles to be produced in the country, in Minas Gerais, by the Iveco company. These amphibious
wheeled armored vehicles will gradually replace the current Urutu vehicles used by the Army, which were manufactured by Engesa and are over 30 years old.
This is a national launcher of rockets and missiles developed by the Army and manufactured by the company Avibrás, in Sao Jose dos Campos. This wheeled launcher is a commercial success, and has
been exported to many countries; it will equip the combat units of artillery of the Army. The 2020 model is the most modern surface-to-surface rocket launcher.
The two programs (Guarani and Astros 2020) are strategic projects and are in line with the National Defense Strategy (END). They will also appear in the Plan of Organization and Equipment of
Defense (PAED), which is nearing completion at the Ministry and which will guide the acquisition of defense equipment and products by 2030.
Both projects will function as a stimulus to innovation and domestic production of technologically advanced facilities. The goal is to promote the effectiveness of national defense capability and
also boost the competitiveness of domestic industry in domestic and overseas markets, contributing to the economic and social development of Brazil.
The purchase of the trucks will increase mobility and logistics of the Armed Forces. The vehicles will increase the ability of forces to act in military and civilian support missions, such as aid
the civilian population during natural disasters (floods, droughts, etc.).