The Brazilian Navy does not hide its interest in developing an amphibious ready group, therefore recent changes have taken place in alternatives to transform itself from an anti-submarine carrier legacy force to a fully fledge amphibious one.
With the acquisition of the former HMS Ocean while decommissioning former A12 Sao Paulo conventional aircraft carrier, the Navy is taking the necessary steps to transition and repurpose its force with minimal loss of personnel qualifications. KC-2 Trader and AF-1 Skyhawk conversions will continue even if these can´t operate from the A140 Atlántico. These ideas will have to cope with the thoughts of president elect Jair Bolsonaro, even with high support for military development initiatives but in need to manage the turmoil in state’s budget and Brazil’s financial markets. Such a Navy is very costly to buy and even more to maintain.
The Brazilian Navy is procuring a locally built submarine and surface fleet, needed for the support of these capital ships. The A140 Atlántico is already in service but a second ship is to be as well. Brazilian Naval sources doubled the stakes and expressed the interest of the Navy to transfer the Camilo Cavour carrier and a group of AV-8B Harriers for carrier borne fleet air defense, a powerful fleet but very unlikely to be properly maintained over time.
Analysis and meetings regarding a possible purchase of former USMC, AH-1W Super Cobras, have been disclosed but at no concrete action. There’s a lot of room for speculation even considering who might be the recipient of these helicopters in regard for existing inventories and internal agendas within the armed forces, some conclusions turn to consider not only the AH-1W but also a marinized version, already offered by Leonardo, of surplus Italian AW-129Ds. These will be replaced in the short term for the new AW-249 escort and scout helicopters let’s not forget also the drive that the current Boeing-Embraer partnership can provide for the AH-64, even considered as a overkill specialized attack and anti-tank helicopter for Latin America and the opportunity this provides to Airbus and its HForce sensor and weapons suite potential.