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Brazil’s military hardware in very poor conditions, alleged Defence report

Monday, March 14th 2011 - 06:31 UTC
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Of the 1.953 armoured vehicles and tanks only 1.079 are operational Of the 1.953 armoured vehicles and tanks only 1.079 are operational

Brazilian Armed Forces military equipment is ‘obsolete’ and not in condition to be displayed in case of a conflict according to an official reports published Sunday the Folha de Sao Paulo.

The report which Folha says was elaborated by the Defence ministry criticizes the concentration of forces and fire power in the rich and prosperous south east of the country, all of which “reveals the fragility of the Armed Forces” and the scarce military presence in other parts of Brazil.

The report points out that of the 1.953 tanks and armoured vehicles belonging to the Army, only 1.079 are operational. The Navy has 98 different vessels of which 48 are capable of combat or support tasks while the rest remain in port or dry docks. Similarly with the Air Force, with only 85 of its 208 fighter bombers ready for action, 100 of the 298 air transport fleet and 27 of the 73 helicopters.

Recently Brazil launched a program to modernize the Armed Forces which has included agreements with several countries for the purchase of military equipment. The largest agreement so far has been with France for the joint construction of five conventional submarines, plus a nuclear powered submersible and 50 helicopters EC-725 from Eurocopter an affiliate from the European group EADS.

The modernization plan also includes a bidding process for the purchase of 36 state of the art fighter bombers and includes the French Dassault Rafale, the Swedish Saab Gripen and the US Super Hornet F 18 from Boeing.

The contract which was supposed to be awarded last year has been delayed by the administration of President DIlma Rousseff as part of drastic cuts in the federal budget decided last month. According to official sources the purchase has not been cancelled, only suspended, and will most probably be decided ‘sometime next year’.

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  • GeoffWard

    The importance of Unasur is that it has the capacity to STOP an arms race across the Continent.

    No south American country has state-of-the-art armed forces, and there is no imperative that upgrading should be rapid.

    Dilma Rousseff is right.
    For this Continent, this is the time to invest in EDUCATION and INFRASTRUCTURE, not weaponry.

    Time to do more than talk the talk - this is the time for Brasil to walk the walk.

    Mar 14th, 2011 - 03:33 pm 0
  • Think

    Even a turnip can be right sometimes.

    Mar 14th, 2011 - 03:58 pm 0
  • GeoffWard

    Oh, so churlish !
    Dilma and turnips have nothing in common.
    . . . . or was it me you were talking about ???

    Mar 14th, 2011 - 06:24 pm 0
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