Friday, May 11th 2012 - 00:16 UTC

Brazilian navy successfully tests Exocet missile with engine manufactured in the country

The Brazilian navy successfully tested an Exocet MM40 missile totally designed, developed and manufactured in the country by Avibras and with the support from the European group MBDA, partly owned by BAE Systems.

Navy chief Admiral Julio Soares de Moura Neto, “a great achievement “

The test took place April 18 from the frigate “Almirante Barroso”

 This is the first time the Brazilian Navy makes a test of this kind targeted to strike surface vessels and which represents “the country’s autonomy in the development and manufacturing of medium range missiles’ engines”, according to reports in the Rio media.

The innovation achieved with missile engines, and tested with the launching of the Exocet MM40 from the corvette “Almirante Barroso” enables Brazil to become totally autonomous in the manufacturing and certification of engines for this kind of missiles, which where originally developed with the help from France’s Aerospatiale.

“The missile tests with Brazilian engines took place last April 18 and were a full success”, said Rear Admiral Ronaldo Fiuza de Castro, adding that the feat was achieved following an agreement with Brazil’s private company Avibras which specializes in the development of military technologies and the European group MBDA, world leaders in mid range missiles and anti-missiles systems.

“The project and the successful testing reinforces cooperation between the Brazilian government and national and international companies as well as opening new markets for the companies involved”, said Sami Yousseff Hassuani, president of Avibras.

“The test reinforces our strategic association with Brazil, a rising power in the international geopolitical scenario” said Patrick de La Reveliere head of MBDA sales and exports Vice president who underlined that the project started back in 2008 demanded an investment of 75 million dollars.

“The development of this technology will help Brazil in the near future to export missile engines or adapt them to other models, nationally or foreign designed”, said Rear Admiral Fiuza de Castro.

“The test must be included among the great achievements of the Brazilian navy” said Admiral Julio Soares de Moura Neto, commander of the Brazilian fleet. He added Avibras has shown its capability in developing, manufacturing and certifying this type of propulsion technology for the Exocet MM40 missiles as well as the capacity to begin production.

The Exocet family of missiles mainly for attacking surface vessels has been made to operate in all weather conditions and adaptable to different platforms. When surface to surface it is identified as MM40; sea-air AM39 for downing aircraft and helicopters; surface submarines SM39 and land to sea, BC, for coastal batteries.

MBSA is a missile developer and manufacturer with operations in France, Britain, Germany, Italy and the US. It was formed by a merger of Aerospatiale-Matra Missiles (EADS), Finmeccanica and Matra BAE Dynamics. BAE Systems holds 37.5%, EADS 37.5% and Finmeccanica, 25%.


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1 Alexei (#) May 11th, 2012 - 10:13 am Report abuse
Presumably we're going to hear Argentina bleating about Brazil's 'militarisation' of the South Atlantic?
2 Idlehands (#) May 11th, 2012 - 11:49 am Report abuse
...or demand they be sold some in exchange for a couple of tonnes of donkey manure.
3 briton (#) May 11th, 2012 - 11:51 am Report abuse
more smoke signals,

who will answer,
4 Room101 (#) May 11th, 2012 - 01:55 pm Report abuse
Boring isn't it- Brazil going down the same path as everyone else, when it had (past tense now) the chance to lead others away from carbon-copying.
5 ChrisR (#) May 11th, 2012 - 03:58 pm Report abuse
As long as the children who fcuk Argentina up presently never get their grubbly little hands on it I don't care.

At least Brasil seems to be tackling things in a grown up way, without threatening their next door neighbours (Uruguay) like some we could mention.
6 Malvinero1 (#) May 11th, 2012 - 05:29 pm Report abuse
As long as the children who fcuk Argentina up presently never get their grubbly little hands on it I don't care.

At least Brasil seems to be tackling things in a grown up way, without threatening their next door neighbours (Uruguay) like some we could mention.
Tell me chris: Are you stupid 24 Hrs,or only in this forum?
7 Joana (#) May 11th, 2012 - 07:08 pm Report abuse
Great news for Brazil, this will definitely reinforce the country’s autonomy. This cooperation with France is interesting. This country seems to enjoy particularly good relations with BRIC countries: Russia is buying mistral-class ships, India is negotiating to buy 126 Rafale fighters. Brazil itself acquired four Scorpene submarines and is considering the Rafale (along with the F/A 18 and the Gripen) to equip its air force. When you think of the rapid modernization the armed forces of these countries are going through, this is a pattern worth keeping an eye on. More on this analysis here:
8 ChrisR (#) May 11th, 2012 - 07:36 pm Report abuse
6 Malvinero1

I know I am almost certainly going to regret this but, as a Brit living in Uruguay I am very aware of The Mad Bitch of Argentina and her insane antics.

So please tell me in cohesive english what is stupid about my post?
9 reality check (#) May 12th, 2012 - 02:27 am Report abuse
Ferkin great news. 77 years after V1 and V2 Brazil builds a rocket motor. Wow!!!!!!! What a break through for science.
10 ChrisR (#) May 12th, 2012 - 11:47 am Report abuse
9 reality check

Yes, I agree. The thing is though, will the range of the motor be comparable to the existing cruise missiles? Or, in Argie speak, 'it will be enough' meaning NO.

Remember the Argie Wop 'Persilwasheswhiter' Defence Minister proudly announcing they had placed production orders for 'a new rocket designed and made by Argentina'. This thing is 3.5M tall and has a 25% payload (250Kg !!!). The maginificent V2 had a payload of 8%. I think there might be a message there! Not knowing the MEP of the propellent or the type of forcing cone I had no way of calculating how high this thing would get but in my judgement not very high at all, probably less than 50M before it toppled over.

You have to laugh at the naievity of the Argies.

At least Brasil shows a picture of the test flight. It's looking good as well.

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