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.
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.
Colombia’s limited budget has constantly postponed the replacement of its frontline fleet. Many options have been considered before, even second hand spanish Eurofighter Typhoons but more of make belief than an actual serious replacement considering operational cost of these heavyweight aircraft. Israel reportedly has offered in different occasions its F-16A/B Netz fleet to Colombia but until now such offerings have been turned down.
Many parts of Downtown Buenos Aires are locked and protected with security forces blockades, public transportation is very limited and the first manifestants are gathering.
Just a few days from the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, argentine and U.S. troops are coordinating efforts to tackle any possible conflicts or attacks on this reunion of the 20 most relevant governments and leaders of the world. Mass media has reported that 1000 U.S. Government operators, being intelligence, Secret Service and Special Operations Command have converged in Buenos Aires to guard every inch of president Trump’s schedule. Other than VH-60N, “Marine One” helicopters, has come to our attention that the U.S. has deployed 4 MH-60M+ helicopters from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment and 100+ Company troops in support of government officials, ready to be called in if necessary. This comes within a new defined context of urban threats, which has been in SOCOM’s crosshair since Trump´s inauguration in 2016 and therefore many exercises have been made consequently in large U.S. cities. Media reports have confirmed that argentine special troops from the Army, Navy and Air Force will be also in alert with Rapid Deployment Force (Fuerza de Despliegue Rapido, FDR) ready to be mobilized with support of the 601 Helicopter Batallion.
USS Ramage, an Arleigh Burke Flight I class destroyer is to be on alert during this G20 Summit. The Destroyer, recently refitted, is temporarily serving roles for U.S. Southern Command’s 4th Fleet. It has been recently spotted in the Brazilian port of Pernambuco, and the U.S. has scheduled a port visit to Montevideo on Dec 2nd, right after the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires. This Destroyer is one of the most recently deployed ships in the USN, as stated in official media, 45% of the time of these last three years, Ramage, was in ports other than his own. This Arleigh Burke Flight I is specialized in air defense, with its AN/SPY-3D long range radar and SM-2 missiles.
An agreement between the Air Force and INVAP was signed in December 2017 for the provision of this RPA-170M radar, the conversion of a TPS-43 radar to MTPS-43 standard and the update of the MTPS-43 prototype.