Ready for War: Brazil Buys 250 German Tanks, French Fighters Coming Soon

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Brazil has just purchased 250 German Leopard 1 A5 tanks, which will be used by the Army mainly along the country's 16.000 kilometers (10,000 miles) of land and fluvial borders, thus reinforcing its dissuasive capacity in the event of foreign attacks. The program is also part of the National Defense Strategy, NDS, approved last December by Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

The 42-ton tanks with a cannon capable of firing at a distance of four kilometers (2.5 miles) and with a unit cost of half a million US dollars, should begin arriving in Brazil in three months and the first batch will be dispatched to Santa Maria in the southern most state of Rio Grande do Sul.

"The Leopard 1 A5 will be the backbone of the Brazilian Army, a unit which will give new dimension to Brazil's armoured combat vehicles boosting our dissuasive powers," according to the Juiz de Fora Federal University strategic studies center.

Brazil currently has 40-ton Leopard 1 A1 tanks that will be reassigned once the A5 are refurbished in the country. Negotiations for the purchase were started back in 2006 and a few are already in Brazil for training and trial purposes.

The NDS program is based on the investment of US$ 15 billion in the next few years to reequip Brazilian armed forces including the building of the country's first nuclear submarine with French technical aid, and the purchase of 24 fighter-bombers for the Air Force.

The financial crisis has slowed the disbursement of funds but the Senate is scheduled to begin addressing the legal framework for much of this investment.

The Brazilian Army recently presented a report warning of the "emergency" situation of the force since much of its equipment is "unusable or out of service. The report recommends investing 2 billion US dollars in the next few years.

Brazil in the seventies and eighties had established a formidable arms and military hardware industry to supply the third world, but with the return of democracy the government ceased to support it.

However President Lula considers that re-launching a strong military industry with technological research is essential if Brazil is to continue playing a leading role in world affairs.

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  • Brasil!!

    You guys sure got no idea about Brasil. It’s not only jungle and the first units will be send to south Brasil where we have some historic need to keep the “status quo” in the region. For the jungle we have the Hinds which was enougth until USA arm Colombia and Russia arm Venezuela, plus all the new oil reserves, we got no option but buy new weapons.

  • Johnny Cash Jr.

    Tits on a Bull II
    I hear the train a comin’
    It’s rollin’ ’round the bend,
    And I ain’t seen the sunshine,
    Since, I don’t know when,
    I’m stuck in[b] Carandiru [/b] Prison,
    And time keeps draggin’ on,
    But that train keeps a-rollin’,
    On down to[b] SÀƒ£o Pau-lo.[/b]

    When I was just a baby,
    My Mama told me, “Son,
    Always be a good boy,
    Don’t ever play with guns,”
    But I shot a man in[b] Rio[/b],
    Just to watch him die,
    When I hear that whistle blowin’,
    I hang my head and cry.

    I bet there’s rich folks eatin’,
    In a fancy dining car,
    They’re probably drinkin’ coffee,
    And smokin’ big cigars,
    But I know I had it comin’,
    I know I can’t be free,
    [b]they came and took my cellular[/b]
    And that’s what tortures me.

    Well, if they freed me from this prison,
    If that railroad train was mine,
    I bet I’d move out over a little,
    Farther down the line,
    Far from[b] Carandiru [/b] Prison,
    That’s where I want to stay,
    And I’d let that lonesome whistle,
    Blow my Blues away.

    😉

  • Peter Kinz

    They could station those tanks outside outside the houses where they keep the thousands of children kidnapped from other countries, in case the other countries lose patience with them and decide to act.

  • Johnny Cash

    Tits on a Bull
    Yes. Brasil needs tanks. Might be a good idea to deploy them in the favelas. I didn’t know Lula’s son, the rancher, was also dealing in military ordinance. Yes, these tanks will be very useful in the Amazon. After they get stuck in the ground, which will be the minute they’re off-loaded from the planes, they’ll make nice homes for the animals. Brilliant Lula!

  • FORREST ALLEN BROWN

    To the south Argentina
    why not send them to the bordor of coulmbia and stop the US military from doing its job stoping the flud of drugs from the north
    to the south .
    OR would that make brasil real president chavas mad .

    I am sure it is not because the tanks can only move no hard land and are not good for the amazon jungle warfare.

    again jets no good ground attic rotor wing aircraft,

  • João da Silva

    [quote]Invade Switzerland [/quote]

    I volunteer to command the first wave of attack. Geneva can be taken without any bloodshed under my leadership. 😉 😀

  • commando

    First Mission
    Invade Switzerland

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