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Britain to Transfer its Last Helicopter Carrier to Brazil

January 2, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: Brazil, Syndicated Industry News 
Brazil has purchased Royal Navy ship HMS Ocean, the helicopter carrier recently retired from the Royal Navy service. The UK Ministry of Defense is selling the Ocean for £84 million. The vessel will remain in the UK until the autumn of 2018.

Brazilian KC-390 Achieves Initial Operational Capability

December 20, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Brazil, Embraer, Syndicated Industry News 
The Brazilian Air Force Embraer KC-390 achieved Initial Operational Capability (IOC) today. As part of the IOC, Embraer obtained a KC-390 Provisional Type Certificate from the Brazilian National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC), According to the schedule, in 2018, the final Type Certificate will be issued. Delivery of the first series aircraft to the FAB is also scheduled to take place in 2018.

Sweden’s Multirole Fighter Spreads Its Wings

May 22, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: Brazil, SAAB, Sweden, Syndicated Industry News 
Gripen E has an increased maximum take-off weight enabling the aircraft to carry more weapons. In the rollout ceremony held on May 18, 2016 the aircraft was configured to carry five Meteor Air/Air missiles, two IRIS-Ts, eight GBU-39 small diameter guided bombs and a Litening recce pod. Photo: SaabThis weapon load includeSaab rolled out the newest member of the Gripen family of fighter jets - the Gripen E. SAAB defines the new fighter as 'revolutionary' because it combines advanced technology and operational effectiveness in an affordable package that no other fighter aircraft can. Defense-Update takes a look at what the new fighter jet can do.
              

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KC-390 Embarks on its maiden flight

February 3, 2015 by · Comment
Filed under: Brazil, Embraer, Syndicated Industry News 

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Lebanon orders armored vehicles from Italy and Brazil

January 1, 2015 by · Comment
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Resurrected US Navy Traders to serve on Brazilian aircraft carrier

December 23, 2014 by · Comment
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Embraer rolls out KC-390 military airlift

October 21, 2014 by · Comment
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Embraer to manage Gripen NG development and production for Brazil’s F-X2 program

July 11, 2014 by · Comment
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Cyber Intelligence Report – June 1, 2014

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A Win for Saab: Brazil Opts for the Gripen NG

December 19, 2013 by · Comment
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Brazilian Air Force (FAB) Receives the First Modernized A-1M

September 4, 2013 by · Comment
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Brazilian Air Force to Retire Mirage 2000 by Year’s End

August 8, 2013 by · Comment
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Boeing-Embraer Tighten KC-390 Cooperation

June 18, 2013 by · Comment
Filed under: Boeing, Brazil, Syndicated Industry News, United States 

Screen Shot 2013-05-24 at 6.45.42 PMThe growing cooperation between Boeing and Embraer on the Brazilian KC-390 programme. According to this agreement Boeing will lead sales, marketing, training and sustainment of the KC-390 in selected markets. i-hls reports. Boeing and the Brazilian...

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First Israeli Boeing 737 Flys C-MUSIC DIRCM Self-Protection System

Screen Shot 2013-06-18 at 4.57.17 AMElbit Systems is presenting the newest member of the MUSIC Directional Infrared Countermeasure (DIRCM) systems at the 2013 Paris Airshow. Defense-Update reports. The new, compact system dubbed ‘mini-MUSIC’ is designed to protect small rotary and...

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IAI Set Aim on Emerging Markets

June 17, 2013 by · Comment
Filed under: Brazil, IAI, Israel, Syndicated Industry News 

weiss300Navigating Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) through difficult and challenging time, President and CEO Joseph Weiss has set ambitious goal for the company’s future growth. With slow US market and declining European demand, IAI is setting its aim on...

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Israeli Surveillance Systems for Brazil’s SISFRON

elbit_eoElbit Systems will supply electro-optical observation and surveillance systems for the Brazilian border security program known as 'SISFRON'. The systems will be supplied via Elbit Systems' Brazilian subsidiary AEL Sistemas, starting in 2014

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Brazil’s GUARANI to Replace EE-11 URUTU Armored Vehicles by 2015

April 8, 2013 by · Comment
Filed under: Brazil, Syndicated Industry News 

The Brazilian Army has already inducted over 86 VBTP-MR GUARANI 6x6 APCs armed with remote weapon stations. The Brazilian Army plans to induct additional 2,044 units by 2030.The Brazilian Army has already inducted over 86 VBTP-MR GUARANI 6x6 APCs armed with remote weapon station under the URUTU-3 modernisation programme to replace their EE-11 URUTU by 2015.

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Brazil’s Defense Industry – Market Report 2012-2017

April 7, 2013 by · Comment
Filed under: Brazil, Syndicated Industry News 

brazil_market_report300270Brazil is expected to spend US$20.83 billion on arms procurements in the next five years.

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LAS Controversies Continue

In this time of Continuing Resolution the U.S. Air Force’s Light Air Support (LAS) contract is one of the few major new programs to begin in FY13. The second attempt to conduct the contest led to same result as the first. Sierra Nevada (SNC) using a airframe from Brazil’s Embraer was selected and Beechcraft’s T-6 based proposal was rejected. As with the first attempt Beechcraft has filed a GAO protest.

The Air Force has announced that using available policy they will override the stop work that normally happens for 100 days while the GAO works out the protest. This has been done in the “best interests of the United States or unusual and compelling circumstances.” Due to the first protest and the do over on the contest it is already a year behind schedule. This new one could also cause several months delay.

The protest and the award remained tied up in politics and concerns about loss of work to a U.S. company. Sierra Nevada had originally planned to have a facility in Florida to do some of the work finishing the aircraft but they would be assembled in Brazil. The company is now looking at ways to increase the amount of jobs created by the contract through “in-sourcing” the work.

The loss of the contract to the U.S. company has been a further blow to the Kansas military aviation industry. Boeing (BA) has moved their work from the Wichita facility to Washington for the new KC-46A tanker. Beechcraft had planned to build their AT-6 in the state. As such it is attracting the interest of Kansas’ Congressional delegation.

With so few major programs and contracts predicted for the near future fights like this over awards will continue. Each company has a lot to gain by winning the work and as the defense budget declines there will be less contracts available.

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IAI to Convert Two Boeing 767 Into Flying Tankers for Brazil

March 15, 2013 by · Comment
Filed under: Brazil, Colombia, IAI, Israel, Syndicated Industry News 
IAI's first B767 MMTT conversion was the 'Jupiter' currently operated by the Colombian Air Force (FACH).The Brazilian Air Force Command has selected Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to convert two Boeing 767-300ER commercial aircraft into military, multi-mission tanker and transport (MMTT) aircraft under project KC-X2. According to Israeli sources the conversion program will cover three aircraft with options for more in the future.

Beechcraft Corp. to Protest Again on the US Air Force Decision to Award LAS Contract to Embraer

AT-6-Aerial300Beechcraft Corporation today announced that it will formally protest to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) the U.S. Air Force’s (USAF) recent award of the Light Air Support contract to its Brazilian competitor, Embraer. “We simply don’t understand how the Air Force can justify spending over 40 percent more – over $125 million more – for what we consider to be less capable aircraft,” Bill Boisture, CEO, Beechcraft said.

Air Force to Try Again with LAS Contract and Sierra Nevada

In a blow to the newly reorganized Hawker Beechcraft the U.S. Air Force after conducting a second source selection due to that company’s protest again selected Sierra Nevada for the Light Air Support (LAS) contract. That U.S. company will team with Brazil’s Embraer to provide the Afghan Air Force several modified turboprop aircraft. The initial contract is worth $950 million.

If all goes well there may be other customers for the system optimized for use in counter insurgency and non-conventional warfare. There were only two bidders with Hawker utilizing a version of their T-6 trainer already in use by the U.S. military.

An earlier attempt to award the contract late last year to Sierra Nevada was halted on Hawker’s protest which was upheld by the General Accountability Office (GAO). This led to a re-evaluation of the proposals submitted with Sierra Nevada being selected a second time.

As with the first attempt there is nothing to stop Hawker from protesting if they believe the source selection was conducted unfairly.

The selection of a non-U.S. aircraft has already received some criticism from Congress.

The Air Force has struggled the last decade to conduct these large aircraft source selections. The KC-X new aerial tanker program took 3 tries before Boeing (BA) won with a version of their 767 airliner. The CSAR-X combat rescue helicopter was ended after 2 rounds of bids and protests and the Air Force is yet to buy a replacement for their current fleet of MH-60 aircraft.

If Hawker does not protest this will actually be a victory for recent Air Force acquisitions as it only took 2 tries and was awarded fairly quickly. Deliver of the first aircraft, though, is reportedly delayed a full year.

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Brazil Embarks on an AEW&C Upgrade

February 28, 2013 by · Comment
Filed under: Brazil, Embraer, SAAB, Sweden, Syndicated Industry News 
The Brazilian Air Force is upgrading its E-99 Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft. Saab Defence and security company announced today it has received an order from the Brazilian company Embraer Defense and Security, for the upgrade of the Erieye AEW&C Mission System. The total order amounts to about US$60 million

Brazil Embarks on an AEW&C Upgrade

February 28, 2013 by · Comment
Filed under: Brazil, Embraer, SAAB, Sweden, Syndicated Industry News 
r99The Brazilian Air Force is upgrading its E-99 Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft. Saab Defence and security company announced today it has received an order from the Brazilian company Embraer Defense and Security, for the upgrade of the Erieye AEW&C Mission System. The total order amounts to about US$60 million

Brazil Expects to Deploy Pantsir-S1 Air-Defense Systems Before the Rio-2016 Olympics

February 21, 2013 by · Comment
Filed under: Brazil, Russia, Syndicated Industry News 
The Brazilian Ministry of Defense will commence negotiations for the procurement of Pantsir-S1 (SA-22) and Igla (SA-18) Very Short Range Air-Defense missiles (VSHORAD). Timely delivery of the systems is critical to provide Brazil with the necessary air-defense assets it required to place for the Rio 2016 Olympic games.

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