The command of the Brazilian Ground Forces, through a representative office in Washington, intends to sign in the near future with the company Saab Dynamics (SAAB Dynamics) a contract for the purchase of RBS-70 NG MANPADS.
According to Janes Defense Weekly, the cost of the purchase is estimated at 28 million Reais. The contract provides for the supply of 16 portable launchers RBS-70 and an unnamed number of missiles of the Mk.2 version, six simulators, night vision sights, test equipment, facilities, spare parts, as well as training for operators and service personnel.
MANPADS must be delivered to Brazil in two batches. The first will be delivered four months after the conclusion of the contract, the second through 12 months after signing. MANPADS will go into service with anti-aircraft artillery groups and anti-aircraft and anti-ship artillery schools (EsACosAAe).
The purpose of the procurement is to protect against strategic threats to the country's strategic facilities. MANPADS will be used as a lower echelon of air defense during public events, including the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
The RBS-70 is an anti-aircraft missile system designed to hit low-flying aerial targets, which can be used in a portable version, mounted on a wheeled and tracked platform, and mounted on board ships. In the basic version, the system consists of a trigger mechanism installed on a tripod, a missile defense system in the transport-launch container and an aiming device. Effective target interception range of RBS-70 NG MANPADS using a BOLIDE-8 km rocket, and a height greater than 5000 m.
Armed Forces of Brazil currently consist of Russian Igla-S MANPADS, 35-mm anti-aircraft self-propelled guns (ZSU) "Cheetah-1А2" of the German company Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, 40-mm towed anti-aircraft installations "Befors" L / 70 and 35-mm "Orlikon" GDF-001, which must be upgraded.
It is planned that in the near future, the Pantsir-С1 air defense missile system will be adopted.