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Russia’s Sale of Air Defense System to Brazil Complicates Any US Fighter Deal

Boeing's Hornet fighter bomber According to a report on the Sunday edition of daily Correio Braziliense, the possible purchase of Russian anti-aircraft batteries for the Brazilian Army could influence Brazilian negotiations for the acquisition of US manufactured fighter planes.

A Russian delegation met last month with the high command of the Brazilian army to advance negotiations for the purchase of a ground-air defense system Tor.M23, similar to that sold by Moscow to the Iranian regime.

The system was specially developed by the Russians to counter the possible attacks of the US F-18 Super Hornet fighter bombers, manufactured by Boeing. Sources consulted by Correio Braziliense consider improbable that if Brazil purchases the Russian ground-air defense system, United States would accept to sell attack aircrafts with all its technological secrets included.

Brazil has established as procurement criteria that it will only purchase weapons from those countries willing to include technological information in their sale packages, so that the equipment can then be manufactured in the country.

Meanwhile Brazil is assessing possible military aircraft purchases from US Boeing; French Dassault and Sweden's Saab. Brazilian president Luiz InΓ‘cio Lula da Silva has already publicly expressed preference for the French Rafale, but the final decision will be taken following a technical report from the Brazilian Air Force.

A few months ago French president Nicholas Sarkozy and Lula signed an agreement that included transfer of French technology in case Brazil finally decides to purchase the Dassault aircraft. This is considered one of the main advantages the French hold over their competitors.

Meantime in Caracas Russia and Venezuela are preparing to sign the sale of 53 M1 helicopters which have a double purpose: for civilian use and for the Armed Forces said Russian ambassador Vladimir Zaemskiy.

"The M1 are used by a hundred countries for transport of military hardware, food, medicine and personnel in military and humanitarian missions," said Zaemskiy. He added Venezuela is developing "a new concept of defense which requires a different technology, which Russia can provide"

Russia extended this year a 2 billion US dollars credit to Venezuela for the purchase of 92 tanks T 72 and an unspecified number of ground-air defense systems.

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  • dusty

    Buy Russian.
    [quote]It is more the Americans: An American military base in Colombia and America vessels have been sailing too close to Brazilian waters looking for oil as I read b4[/quote]

    Yeah, because the US Navy is responsible for finding oil reserves. Please, for the love of all that is holy, stop reading crap & believing it. The Colombian deal for a military base with the US is no threat to Brazil. We’re killing drug dealers and fire bombing cocaine fields. I would think Brazil would be excited that we’re trying to help out in wiping out the flow of drugs, since Brazil obviously has a serious cocaine problem. Just read that article on the police killing 11,000 people since 2003 in Rio & SP, or any of the countless stories on the drug lord wars in the favelas.

    As for the arms deal, I used to support the idea of the US selling equipment to Brazil. Now I think it would be better that we didn’t. Brazil’s ties with Iran are troubling, I can see Lula extending a hand in friendship to North Korea and every other rogue state in the world. It would be a huge mistake to trust sensitive military hardware to someone like that. Obviously I don’t trust Lula any farther than I can throw him.

  • Harry Potter

    Clipper965
    [quote]Why do any of these nations needs Air Forces for? Is Argentina planning a Pearl Harbor style attack on RIO?[/quote]

    It’s not the Argentineans that the Brazilians are afraid of.. ok, Brazilians and Argentineans are no close friends but they have no weapons and no reasons to attack Brazil…

    It is more the Americans: An American military base in Colombia and America vessels have been sailing too close to Brazilian waters looking for oil as I read b4.

  • Clipper965

    Why
    Why do any of these nations needs Air Forces for? Is Argentina planning a Pearl Harbor style attack on RIO? Slum dwellers and the like are the biggest national threat to Brazil.

  • Charlie

    dnbaiacu
    [quote]written by dnbaiacu, December 07, 2009

    Can’t you see he is Brazilian ? Look at his English.. He’s either Brazilian or a Mexican immigrant.
    [/quote]

    [quote]written by dnbaiacu, December 07, 2009
    The above comments aren’t me… I do not insult people. [/quote]

    Ok, point made that the first comment didn’t come from you… BUT BUT where is the insult ? The other person said Forrest must be either Brazilian or Mexican.

    Where is the fucking insult in that you racist ? Racist people like you shouldn’t be here, you should be in your own group with others of your kind !!!

  • Forrest Allen Brown

    nick the lice
    whitch other fighter has a record such as the F18 ??

    And where did you get your info about the Aussies ????

    if it hurts to read my post than dont just move on .

  • dnbaiacu

    Someone really hates me……
    The above comments aren’t me… I do not insult people.

    Everyone knows this… YOU the impostor need to move on to persecuting someone else.. What’s with you????… I got serious issues. πŸ˜‰

  • dnbaiacu

    Nicholas (usa_male)
    Can’t you see he is Brazilian ? Look at his English.. He’s either Brazilian or a Mexican immigrant.

  • Nicholas usa_male

    Forrest, first of all, the F18 is not the only proven fighter. Matter of fact, the Aussies who bought the F18 are not happy at all what they got for the money and neither many American pilots are that happy with the F18. Anyway, the reason the US wants Brazil to buy them is strategic. An “expert” like you should know that.
    Second, what is your purpose of your comments here on Brazzil.com? Do you have Brazilian friends,family or are you try to learn about Brazil?

  • dnbaiacu

    look i do not beleive brazil deserves the US planes .
    Who the hell cares if you believe or not.

    Go and get yourself educated first before trying to write in English.. Don’t you have any idea how painful it is trying to understand what you write ?

  • Forrest Allen Brown

    yet again
    look i do not beleive brazil deserves the US planes .

    even though the F18 is the only proven fighter with 100 kills in air to air combat , and thousands of missions all over the world
    with no air to air loses , and only 18 of them comming down in 30 years of services to the US

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