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.
In the afternoon of Dec 14th. Itaguai Construcoes Navais (ICN) launched the first locally built Riachuelo class submarine for the Brazilian Navy. The S-BR project within the PROSUB, submarine construction plan, came to shape after a strategic agreement between Brazil and France more than a decade ago. A new base and shipyard has been built in Itaguai, near the Brazilian nuclear research and development facilities both existing and new, to build 4 diesel electric submarines and one nuclear. DCNS, now Naval Group, was selected thus to provide the basic engineering for both conventional and nuclear projects.
Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 parts and spares are being looked for EMB-312 Tucano and T-34C-1 training aircraft. These are extensively used both for school and for pilots to maintain their qualifications. They have received a renewed interest considering intents to upgrade their avionics and the possibility to complement them with surplus U.S. Navy aircraft.
The Hypersonic Aerothermaldynamics (EAH) division of the Institute of Advanced Studies (IEAv) related to Brazilian DCTA, started to use a 3D Fortus 900mc printer from Stratasys, to build laboratory models of hypersonic aeronautical engines. This new tooling provides a saving of approximately 250.000 Reales, around 62.000 dollars in production costs. This printer, which has a cost of 400.000 dollars, has been bought with funding of FINEP in 2015 and started to produce these components in 2016. Israel Rego, Chief of Ground Essays for the EAH, declared that the purpose is to optimize research and development also to speed up the time in updates and adjustments with reduced costs. IEAv currently produces three subsystems of that Scramjet engine for hypersonic wind tunnel tests.
Peruvian and Russian representatives have stated the importance of this center, the first in Latin America after attempted and failed initiatives.
These Tupolev cold war bombers have landed this Monday Dec 10th in the Maiquetia Airport, outside Caracas, after a non stop flight of 10.000 kilometers. It has not been disclosed yet if they were carrying any weapons or how long will they stay in Venezuela.
This purchase addresses a much delayed need both for spares and upgrades of such machine guns, probably now in the spotlight due to the current Argentine Navy Chief of Staff, a Marine. The quantity of these acquisitions has not yet been disclosed, but is also expected that the same decision is to be replicated in the Argentine Army, also with MAG 58’s in service.
MANSUP stands for National Surface Anti-Ship Missile. Loosely based in MM-40 Exocet, 5.6 mt long with about 1000 kg weight and an acceleration from 0 to 1000 km/h in less than seven seconds.
President Macri should announce the air force’s request for three more aircraft, two new airframes and one conversion. This decision of continuing converting aircraft has been internally much debated considering the man hours needed for example to rewire the airframe compared to do so in a new airframe, directly affecting the possible output of this new assembly line.
The conversion and delivery of these aircraft will provide autonomous capabilities of aerial refueling of Navy’s AF-1 Skyhawks. Although much debated considering the recent decommissioning of its sole aircraft carrier A-12 Sao Paulo, these aircraft are to operate in support of the “Atlántico” LHD and its Type 967 Artisan radar.