From our country, more than twenty companies and organizations participated in LAAD-2013, representing about three hundred developments. Rosoboronexport, Russian Helicopters, Instrument Engineering Design Bureau and other Russian defense industry enterprises brought samples and promotional materials on helicopter technology, anti-aircraft missile systems, small arms, ground armored vehicles, surface ships and submarines, etc. to Brazil.
Even before the start of the exhibition, specialists and people interested in military issues were concerned with one question: will the signing of a contract for the supply of air defense systems between Russia and Brazil take place at LAAD-2013? A few months ago it became known that Brazil intends to acquire a certain amount of Pantsir-C1 anti-aircraft missile systems and portable Igla systems. Earlier it was said that these systems will ensure the safety of the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic Games in 2016. However, despite all expectations, countries have not signed the contract. According to the representative of Rosoboronexport S. Ladigin, the agreement on the supply of air defense missile systems will appear no later than the end of the current half year.
The head of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation A. Fomin commented on the situation differently. He believes that it is necessary to hurry, because football championship will begin in just a year. It will be difficult to manufacture and transfer to the customer all the necessary complexes in such a short time. Thus, the situation with the contract is constantly deteriorating and every day the delay in signing it can seriously affect the timing of implementation.
In addition to the anti-aircraft complexes themselves, Russia offers Brazil a comprehensive program "Safe City", which can ensure the protection of all necessary facilities in accordance with the wishes of the customer. It is worth noting that this is not the only proposal concerning the creation of a joint venture. In the near future, the development of a joint project of the medium-range air defense missile system bearing the symbol “Parana” can begin. The technical details of the project, for obvious reasons, have not yet been announced. Also at the international level are discussed the possible transfer of technology from the field of anti-aircraft systems, the creation in Brazil of a service center for servicing helicopters of the Mi-8 / 17 family, the deployment of licensed production of the Mi-17, and even joint development of an aircraft carrier for the Brazilian naval forces.
Probably, most of these negotiations will end with the signing of the relevant contracts. The Brazilian military has experience in operating Russian-made military equipment and speak positively of it. For example, in recent years, the Brazilian Air Force received nine Mi-35M helicopters. Until the autumn of this year, Russia will transmit the last three boards, stipulated by the contract of the year 2008. This contract could have been executed earlier, but a few years ago, the Brazilian side changed the delivery time for three helicopters.
Speaking about the results of negotiations and prospects for cooperation with Brazil, Fomin mentioned the ambiguous situation with the tender for the supply of fighters. Russia previously submitted to the competition aircraft Su-35. However, at present the tender has been suspended due to some reasons and the winner has not yet been named. Su-35 might be interested in the Brazilian Air Force. In addition, it is of some interest to industry. Russia offered not only to supply ready-made aircraft, but also to help with the organization of licensed assembly at Brazilian enterprises.
A similar proposal applies to the training aircraft Yak-130. Rosoboronexport and the Irkut Corporation are now actively promoting this aircraft on the Latin American market. In the event Brazil expresses its intention to acquire a certain number of Yak-130s, Russia is ready to provide a license to manufacture part of these aircraft. Brazil is of great interest to Russian companies, not only as a buyer of finished products, but also as a partner in industrial cooperation. She has developed aviation industry and therefore such cooperation will be beneficial to both parties.
In most cases, cooperation between Brazil and Russia is still at the negotiation stage. Nevertheless, there are other Latin American countries with which Russia has long and fruitfully cooperated in the military-technical sphere. First of all, it is Venezuela. Until the end of this year, Russian enterprises will give her all the previously ordered weapons and equipment. Now there are negotiations about new agreements. It is worth noting that currently the possibility of expanding areas of cooperation is being considered. Now Venezuela offers Russian boats and submarines of various classes. Taking into account recent trends in relation to countries and Venezuelan needs, it can be assumed that military-technical cooperation will continue in spite of the death of President William Chávez.
Argentina can fill up the list of Latin American countries working with Russia. Now there are negotiations on the purchase of three multi-purpose helicopters Mi-171. Probably, in the future, the total number of helicopters bought by the Argentines may increase. In addition, Argentina has recently been actively interested in icebreaking topics. In case of successful completion of negotiations on this topic, countries may conclude a contract for construction. The new icebreaker is likely to be built on Russian shipyards. In addition to helicopters and icebreakers, the Argentine military is showing interest in Russian anti-aircraft missile systems, armored and automotive vehicles.
According to recent data from the Stockholm Peace Research Institute, in recent years weapons Latin American market shows steady growth. Thus, this region attracts increased attention of arms and military equipment manufacturers. This can explain, for example, participation in the Brazilian tender for the supply of fighter aircraft by the French company Dassault with a Rafale, the American McDonnell Douglas with the F / A-18 Hornet and the Swedish Saab with the JAS 39 Gripen. A similar situation is observed with competitions in other countries of the region. Leading arms manufacturers have understood the prospects of the Latin American market and are doing their best to promote their products. A variety of tools are used to attract potential buyers. So, Russia is ready to provide a license for the production of certain types of weapons and equipment. Will this offer help win new customers? We will find out soon.
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