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Brazil Goes After France’s Technology to Build Its First Nuclear Submarine

French submarine Scorpène class Brazil wants to become the first country in Latin America to have a nuclear submarine. For that the country is seeking to acquire military technology from France that could help Brazilian achieve this goal. The information was released on Monday, January 28, by the Brazilian Defense Ministry.

Brazil's Defense Minister, Nelson Jobim, traveled to Paris last week to discuss the possible purchase of a diesel-powered Scorpène class submarine that would "serve as a model for the development of a nuclear submarine, which is the main objective of his visit," admitted Defense Ministry spokesman José Ramos.

"Any defense-related agreement that may eventually be signed with France must include the transfer of technology," Ramos emphasized, noting that while Brazil has nuclear reactors and fuel enrichment capacity, it yet has not the technology to build a nuclear submarine.

Ramos declined to confirm a report, published by the daily Folha de S. Paulo newspaper that Brazil would buy the submarine for US$ 600 million, paid over 20 years at an annual interest rate of 2.4% percent.

Brazil has discussed building a nuclear submarine for decades, and began a formal program in 1979 under the military regime. Brazilian President, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, announced US$ 540 million in new funding for the program and for existing uranium enrichment efforts last July.

Brazil currently has five conventionally powered submarines. Copper rich Chile recently renewed its submersible fleet with the acquisition of two Scorpène class submarines.

If an agreement results in the construction of a nuclear submarine then "Brazil will surely become the first country in Latin America to have one" said Daryl Kimball who is executive director of the Washington-based Arms Control Association, a nonpartisan research group.

Ramos said Brazil wants to establish a strategic partnership with France to transfer technology. France is interested in Brazilian know-how on jungle warfare and "the use of electronic equipment in the humidity of tropical rain forests," he said.

The Brazilian air force and arms industry, dating back to the US arms embargo in the seventies, has a long standing close relation with France.

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  • João da Silva

    Eduardo C
    [quote]A French captain, participated of a resistance jungle test together with American and British colleagues,and the result could not have been another one..they had failed.[/quote]

    If I recall the post war2 military history correctly, the Americans trained in central America and tropical America in the jungle warfare. The British trained in Malaysia (fighting the communists) in the 1950’s. I have not heard much about the accomplishments of the French regarding this. They were more interested in killing the Algerians and it took a long time before they gave independence to that country.

    May be Ric will be able to throw more light on this.

  • João da Silva

    Eduardo C
    [quote]In 1990, Farc members had invaded a Brazilian Army,deposit of weapons.Situaded in the border.And they had killed 3 soldiers and also had stolen some weapons.Two days later, CIGS soldiers entered in the enemy territory ,and kill 9 Farc members,and recouped the stolen weapons.Farc cannot listen to name CIGS, that dies of fear.[/quote]

    Thanks for refreshing my memory. In fact I had asked you to narrate this incidence in another thread. We had another blogger who went by the name of “Brazilian Dude”. He also mentioned about CIGS.

    Do you think that MST can hear the word “CIGS”? 😉

  • Eduardo C.

    Introduce / Not very confidential
    CIGS (Centro de IntroduÀƒ§Àƒ£o de Guerra na Selva).Situated base in Manaus.Respected world-wide.In 1990, Farc members had invaded a Brazilian Army,deposit of weapons.Situaded in the border.And they had killed 3 soldiers and also had stolen some weapons.Two days later, CIGS soldiers entered in the enemy territory ,and kill 9 Farc members,and recouped the stolen weapons.Farc cannot listen to name CIGS, that dies of fear.

  • Eduardo C.

    France is interested in Brazilian know-how on jungle warfare
    The Farc do not interferes in Brazil border, because they have fear! Brazilian army # one in jungle Tactical fight.A French captain, participated of a resistance jungle test together with American and British colleagues,and the result could not have been another one..they had failed.

  • forrest allen brown

    chaves has a nuke sub comming
    the old russia is or has sold one to chaves and his band of indains .

    with no nukes but brasil friend china may sell him one for cheepre oil price .

    then all he would have to do is to find out who he would rather kill with it .

    i am sure if he is defeted he would rather go out with a bang then a flop .

  • Jim

    Brazil v.Venezuela
    How hard is it to figure this one out when you have Chavez buying all sorts of weaponry from China and the Russians.
    Why we need a nuke is beyond me. Focus on feeding your poor.

  • Ric

    Did I miss something?
    IsnÀ‚´t the whole point of nuclear subs that they provide a platform for world wide capable delivery systems armed with nuke-tipped missiles? If you donÀ‚´t have the nukes, the missiles nor the world-wide communication systems, itÀ‚´s like a Puma compared to a real Dino Ferrari.

  • jc

    oahh and I thought it was the swiss satelites!!! laugh laugh laugh…
    let’s see … swiss knifes…chocolates… Money laundering, that is about it folks!!! 😉 😉 😉 😉 😉

  • ch.c.

    “France is interested in the use of electronic equipment in the humidity of tropical rain forests,” !!!!!!
    What a pure invention.
    Never heard of…..French Guyane ????
    France has a deep knowledge for the use of electronics in tgropical rain forests !
    Is it not from French Guyane that France launch their satelites ???? YESSSSSSSSSS

    Laugh….laugh…laugh

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