Brazil Buying Russian Anti-Air System. Move to Stir Up LatAm and the US

Russian Tor-M2E In a move certain to irk the United States and elevate the temperature of the arms race in Latin America, the Brazilian army is in the process of buying a sophisticated antiaircraft system from the Russians, the Tor-M2E, says Brazilian daily Folha de S. Paulo.

The new equipment would put Brazil in a much better position in terms of its defense capabilities.

The negotiations with Russia are part of Brazil's rearmament policy and the bilateral talks last December between leaders Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and Dmitry Medvedev.

A Russian team made up of 10 technicians are in Brazilian capital Brasí­lia today, November 25, to present more details of their proposal on the Tor-M2E system. They are meeting at the Army Headquarters. Brazilian experts visited Moscow in August to have a closer look at the sought-after war equipment.

The Tor-M2E is the last generation of a defense system using land-air missiles developed by the old Soviet Union. Experts consider it the world's most advanced anti-aircraft device. It can be used to knock down airplanes, helicopters, high precision weapons and missiles, using radar. It's used to protect cities and strategic facilities due to its short range capability.

Brazil's current antiaircraft defense is practically nonexistent. All the country has are 200 canons built in the 1950s plus a little over 100 French and Russian portable launchers Mistral and Igla, respectively. Today Brazil has no way to down missiles and would have to use its aging fleet of Mirage-2000 and F-5s if a supersonic jet invades the Brazilian air space.

General Sinclair Mayer, the Army's hardware director confirmed Brazil's interest in the Russian system, but says that at the moment it's all wishful thinking since the Brazilian armed forces don't have the money to acquire this sophisticated Russian equipment.

"From the point of view of antiaircraft defense we are unprotected," he told reporters.

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  • Lobo

    Idai to nem ai pros mortos pela Gripe h1N1 nos temos que ter mais armas sim para defender o Brasil, Brasil acima de tudo e outra nos temos armas de 70 anos atras tu acha isso maneiro cara tu acha ter submarino americano porta-aviao da primeira e segunda guerra mundial isso ai e tudo dos EUA que nos dar coisa velha para nos nao sermos ameaÀƒ§as pra eles , eles parecem que morri de medo de nos nos fizeram de bobo na segunda guerra nossas forÀƒ§as iao na frente fazer a limpeza i eles iao atras so naquele dia D que nao rolo nada mais quanto na invasao da italia quando Brasil mostro quem Àƒ© quem pros Italianos e Alemaes eles estavam fora que eles nem tem mulheres com Bunda nenhuma mulher la tem BUNDAO nem tem bunda e maior bunda caidona e la todas mulheres a maioria sao gordas Brasil tem as mais belas mulheres do MUNDO com melhor corpo HA muito hilario isso nunca comeria uma americanas sao vadias demais e gordas e toda com cara de plastica eles os americanos nunca sera um pais com aquele KKK (Ku Klux Klan) racistas o exercito deles sao froxos….

  • Zico

    Gonna Need Some Enemies
    Fascinating that in my town in Minas there is no government money to provide meningitis vaccines to the poor people, but Lula has money to buy rockets to shoot at no one. (4 dead from this disease in the last few weeks). Maybe if Brazil straps these missiles to the back of its broken-down aircraft carrier and fires them all at the same time they could get the thing moving.

  • Jonny Corleone

    Cappo
    One knows that ultimateley things happen the way the more powerful leads it. In simple language; money talks and bull walks. This attitude is just to poke the US at first, but later theyÀ‚´ll sit and talk like the old times…. 😥 8)

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