• Categories
  • Archives

Brazilian Army to Get Made-in-Brazil Battle-Tested Missiles

Astros II Brazil gave a clear signal this week that is intends to advance in the consolidation of a defense industry in the country. A decree signed by Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff releases 45 million reais (US$ 28 million) in funds for the launching of the Astros Project 2020 to equip the Brazilian army. 

The project with a total value of almost 1.1 billion reais (US$ 682 million) provides for the acquisition of the most advanced surface to surface missile launch system developed in Brazil. The Astros 2020 is an evolved version of the Astros II, the best selling product manufactured by Avibras Aerospace.

Exported to many countries the Astros (Artillery SaTuration ROcket System) is considered a market-leader among the small and highly competitive group of manufacturers of such systems.

Altogether the project includes the purchase of 49 vehicles by the Brazilian army divided into three batteries: 18 launch vehicles, 18 ammo re-supply vehicles, three fire control units, three weather stations, three recovery vehicles and three armored command and control vehicles for each battery and another final vehicle for integrated command and control.

The main advantage of the new concept is the incorporation of the AV-TM, a high precision cruise missile with a range of 300 kilometers. Unlike the rockets, which have a ballistic trajectory, defined from the impulse they receive at launch, this missile is guided and its trajectory can be controlled. Another important advance is the in the electronics system which is entirely digital.

The Astros II are normally grouped in artillery batteries consisting on average of about 13 vehicles: 6 of them are Astros II launchers, 6 are rocket resupply trucks and one a special radar-equipped vehicle controlling the fire control system. The launcher is capable of firing rockets of different calibers armed with a range of warheads.

The Astros II artillery system entered service with the Brazilian Army in 1983. The system is battle proven, having been used in action by the Iraqi Army in the Gulf Wars.

In the 1980s, Avibras sold an estimated sixty-six Astros II artillery systems to Iraq. Iraq also built the Sajil-60 which is a license-built version of the Brazilian SS-60. Sixty Astros II were sold to Saudi Arabia and an unspecified number sold to Bahrain and Qatar. Total sales of the Astros II between 1982 and 1987 reached one billion dollars.

This fact made the Astros II multiple rocket launcher the most profitable weapon produced by Avibras.

In the 1980s and early 1990s, Avibras worked almost exclusively with the manufacturing of rockets and multiple-launch rocket systems (MLRS), such as the Astros II, in addition to developing antitank and anti-ship missiles.

At its peak, Avibras employed 6,000 people; later it would be reduced to 900 people in the early 1990s as the arms industry demand fell. Even so, in the first Gulf War in 1991, the Astros II was successfully used by Saudi Arabia against Iraq. Years later, the Astros II system helped Angola to defeat the UNITA rebels.

Mercopress

Tags:

  • Show Comments (0)

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Ads

You May Also Like

Presidents Lula of Brazil and Bush of US to meet in Brazil

Brazil-US: Biofuels to Top Lula/Bush Summit Agenda

Brazil and the United States, the world's two top ethanol producers, announced the creation ...

Bolivia Pays Brazil for Oil Plants and Fines It for More than Buyback Price

Bolivia took control Tuesday, June 26, of two refineries it bought back from Brazil's ...

Powder May Help Reduce Water Evaporation and Drought in Brazil

A chemical powder may be the solution to the water evaporation problem in lakes and ...

Brazil Tells Africa: You Can Count on Us at UN

At the close of an eight-day trip to Africa, the Brazilian Minister of Foreign ...

One Hundred Years of Inequity

It is disheartening to witness Brazil once again discussing a minimum salary that belongs ...

Brazilian Congress Wants Access to Corruption-Linked Adman’s Account in the US

Senator DelcÀ­dio Amaral, from the Workers Party of Mato Grosso do Sul state, president ...

Irrigated coffee in Bahia, in the Brazil's Northeast

Fleeing the Cold Brazil Coffee Marches Up North

The first coffee plants in Brazil were planted in the northern state of Pará ...

70 Brazilian Chiefs Take Demands to Lula

Over 500 Brazilian Indians from 114 ethnic groups will use National Indian Day, commemorated ...

Brazil’s Arabian Horse Expo Brings Breeders from US and EU

Brazilian horse breeders want to guarantee closer ties with the Arab market in coming ...

It’s High Season for Ice Cream in Brazil

Sector foreign trade is still small, but the Brazilian Ice Cream Industry Association (Abis) ...