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Brazil, Russia to sign $1bn defence deal
October 17, 2013, 8:52 am


Brazil’s Defense Minister Celso Amorim (left) and Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in Brasilia [AP]

Brazil is in the final stages of signing a $1 billion anti-aircraft missile batteries deal with Russia that will strengthen the BRICS partnership between the two nations, according to a statement by the Brazilian Defence Ministry on Wednesday.

Brazilian Defence Minister Celso Amorim said defence cooperation between the two BRICS members could “counterbalance” other options, in a reference to Brazil’s traditional arms suppliers such as the United States.

A Russian military delegation led by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu is currently on a four-day trip to Brazil and Peru to promote the sales of Russian weaponry to the two countries.

Brazil and Russia are also looking at the joint development of a fifth-generation fighter jet.

“We are very interested in discussing projects relating to fifth generation (combat) aircraft with new partners,” Amorim said after talks with Shoigu.

“More than buying military equipment, what we are seeking with Russia is a strategic partnership based on the joint development of technology,” Amorim added.

Meanwhile, Russia is planning to deliver the remaining Mi-35M Hind-E attack helicopters to Brazil under a 2008 contract in the next few months, a senior government official said on Thursday.

Russia has so far supplied nine out of 12 helicopters to the Latin American country under the deal worth $150 million.

“We are testing the last, fourth, batch of these helicopters,” said Alexander Fomin, Head of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC).

“Depending on the duration of the acceptance trials, the deliveries will be completed either by the end of this year or in the beginning of next year,” added Fomin, who is accompanying Shoigu on the current Latin American tour.

The Mi-35M is an export version of the Mi-24 Hind that was used extensively in the Soviet war in Afghanistan.

The Mi-24/35 is considered unique among dedicated attack helicopters as it can carry troops, in addition to performing its attack role.

The Sao Paulo-based newspaper Valor Economico previously reported that the helicopters would be used in the Amazon region, in conjunction with Brazil’s Embraer land and ground surveillance jets.

A Defence Ministry statement also said Brazil would like to partner with Russia in cyber-defence as the nation is boosting up internet security after reports of massive electronic surveillance by the US and its allies surfaced recently.

Brazil on Monday announced it would shield government communication from surveillance by the United States and other intelligence agencies by setting up a secure email system next month.

“This is the first measure towards expanding privacy and inviolability of official communication,” tweeted Brazilian President Rousseff on Monday.

 Source: Agencies

One Response to Brazil, Russia to sign $1bn defence deal

  1. Eraldo Marcelo Kopp Reply

    October 20, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Truly a great deal with USSR! Heavy duty and pro. built equipment!
    The questions is what to do with the 32 German flak panzers purchased on may of this year? Those panzers were from the 60″s and obsolete for modern warfare! Huge amount of money wasted!!!
    What were those stupid Brazilian generals thinking of prior of the purchase? Were they receiving bribes from Germany to get obsolete JUNK? Siemens from Germany is widely known for bringing BAGS of cash prior of closing a deal! Was this involved with the May 2013 deal of purchasing obsolete military tanks? An investigation should be under way so we know what went on with this scoundrels!
    Brazil is yet archaic and the politicians do not give a damn when comes to making proper decisions! These generals involved should be fired from their jobs for making such bad decision!
    Military must be treated as a lean profitable organization! Military is not for profit, but government must treat as a lean company! This waste of resources shows the incompetence of the president and the lack of consideration for public money, making her a bit retarded! Why was she involved in buying obsolete tanks from Germany if was not some sort of Bribe going on?
    The German companies in Brazil should be investigate for such!!!
    Politics and trade must be separated!

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