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.
Riachuelo, first Scorpene class submarine of four to be built
in Brazil is set to be launched in December 14th. Three others will
be built in 18 months each until deliveries are completed in 2023. The first Brazilian
nuclear submarine is expected to be finished in 2028. These submarines are based on the French Scorpene submarine by a partnership between Naval Group and the Brazilian Navy. Built in the Itaguai Naval Complex, Rio de Janeiro state.
The Brazilian Navy has shortlisted four teams to advance to the next phase of the tendering process for the construction of its new Tamandare-class corvettes. The shortlist was originally expected to be announced by August with a final decision on the winning consortium coming two months later. This means the final decision can now be expected to be made by December this year, but the navy did not provide further information on the delay. In a document, released October 15, the navy identified ÁGUAS AZUIS, Damen Saab Tamandaré, FLV and VILLEGAGNON as the four downselected teams.
ÁGUAS AZUIS is composed of Brazil’s ATECH Negócios em Tecnologias S.A and Еmbraer SA, and Germany’s ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems GmbH; Europe-based Damen and Saab have partnered with CONSUB Defesa e Tecnologia S.A to form the Damen Saab Tamandaré consortium; FLV represents an acronym of the three-company team of Fincantieri, Leonardo and Vard. VILLEGAGNON is a consortium spearheaded by France’s Naval Group. The downselect comes ten months after the navy issued a request for proposals for the construction of four Tamandaré-class corvettes in December 2017.
WASHINGTON — Boeing and Brazilian aerospace company Embraer are reportedly discussing the prospect of building an assembly line for Embraer’s KC-390 cargo planes in the United States. According to Brazilian newspaper Valor Economico, which first reported the talks on Oct. 1, and a subsequent Reuters story, the two companies see a U.S. KC-390 plant as part of a larger defense-related joint venture. The discussions on KC-390 follow a July agreement that gave Boeing an 80 percent stake in Embraer’s commercial business, and it was widely speculated that a similar deal on the companies’ defense business hammered out in the coming months would involve greater cooperation with Boeing on KC-390. Jackson Schneider, president and CEO of Embraer Defense & Security, told this July that more information about a Boeing-Embraer tie up on KC-390 could be revealed later this year.
Brazilian Air Force (FAB) has recently put for auction 11 Dassault Mirage 2000 fighters, 3 two seaters Mirage 2000B and 8 single seat Mirage 2000C. With ranging prices for each aircraft not in flying condition from 7.300 and 62.600 USD for a total 508.600 USD for the whole lot. The former French Air Force Mirage 2000's were acquired as stop gap fighters until the FX-2 program for F-5 and Mirage III fighters was determined, with SAAB and the JAS-39E/F as a winner. These second hand fighters operated for more than 10.000 hours between 2006 and late 2013. Source
These are 56 M-109A5 howitzers and 40 M992 Field Ammunition Support Vehicles. Another batch of M-109A5+ are due to be shipped to Brazil in early 2019.