Brazil, Indonesia Interested in Russian Su-35 Jet Purchase – Rostec Head

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Russia’s state technologies corporation Rostec head Sergey Chemezov said that the United Arab Emirates, Indonesia and Brazil are interested in the purchase of Sukhoi Su-35 jet fighters.

DUBAI.  Russia has begun talks with Brazil and Indonesia on the possible delivery of Sukhoi Su-35 jet fighters, Russia’s state technologies corporation Rostec head Sergey Chemezov said Monday.

On November 8-12, Russia is currently presenting aircraft and air defense systems at the Dubai Airshow in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).”There is high interest for the jet, but no strict contracts have been [signed] yet. In addition to the United Arab Emirates, Indonesia and Brazil are interested in it,” Chemezov told reporters.

The Su-35 fighter (NATO reporting name Flanker-E) jet is an upgraded version of the Su-27 multirole fighter. In 2013, it was first introduced to an audience outside of Russia.

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Brazil Plans to Buy 3 Russian-Made Pantsir-S1 Air Defense Systems in 2016

Military equipment displayed in the run-up to Army-2015 international forum.

 

Brazil might buy Russian-made the Pantsir-S1 air defense systems in 2016.

 Brazil is planning to sign a contract with Russia in 2016 on the purchase of three advanced Pantsir-S1 air defense systems, Ambassador to Russia Jose Vallim Guerreiro said on Tuesday.

“As far as I know, a contract on delivery of three [Pantsir-S1] systems, worth around $500 million, could be signed in 2016,” the diplomat told RIA Novosti.

The Pantsir-S1 (NATO reporting name SA-22 Greyhound), is a short-to-medium range surface-to-air missile/gun system that first entered service with the Russian army in 2012.

Sky is Safe: Brazil to Buy Russian Pantsir-S1 Missile Systems in 2016

Pantsir-S1 short to medium range surface-to-air missile and anti-aircraft artillery weapon system

 

Brazil will acquire a shipment of Russian Pantsir-S1 missile systems in 2016, a highly-ranked official in the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation said Tuesday.

The two countries commenced negotiations on Pantsir deliveries in 2012, but the talks were delayed due to Brazilian state budgetary restrictions.“Russia has been notified that an allotment from the Brazilian budget for the purchase of Pantsirs is planned for 2016,” the official told RIA Novosti.

The Pantsir-S1 (NATO reporting name SA-22 Greyhound), is a short-to-medium range surface-to-air missile and anti-aircraft artillery weapon system that first entered service in 2012 and is set to gradually replace the Tunguska self-propelled anti-aircraft weapon.The Pantsir-S1 system can be mounted on both wheeled and tracked chassis.

The system is designed to fix a variety of targets flying at altitudes from five meters to 10 kilometers and at ranges from 200 meters to 20 kilometers.

Russia’s arms exporter to reach Pantsir-S1 deal with Brazil in 2016

Pantsir-S1 anti-aircraft artillery weapon systems

Pantsir-S1 anti-aircraft artillery weapon systems

MOSCOW, August 24. /TASS/. Russia’s arms exporter Rosoboronexport plans to sign a contract with Brazil next year on supplies of Pantsir-S1 anti-aircraft artillery weapon systems, the company’s first deputy director general, Ivan Goncharenko has said.

“We have been holding talks with Brazil’s partners on this issue since 2013. A pre-contract work is continuing now. We expect to sign a contract in 2016,” Goncharenko said ahead of the MAKS-2015 air show held near Moscow.

Brazil’s Defense Ministry is expected to purchase 12 Pantsir-S1 systems mounted on chassis of Germany’s Rheinmetall. Three batteries are planned to be formed for three branches of armed forces.

European company MBDA earlier announced plans to develop jointly with Brazil’s AVIBRAS a medium range anti-aircraft system, AV-MMA, that could replace the Russian-designed Pantsir-S1.

Mistral Saga: Should France Sell Ships Built for Russia to Brazil?

The Sevastopol mistral warship is on its way for its first sea trials, on March 16, 2015 off Saint-Nazaire.

 
With the $1.3 billion Mistral deal suspended indefinitely, France desperately needs a solution to the problem of its own making: how to deal with the warships Paris refuses to hand over to Russia?

Selling them to a third party has long been speculated as the best of the worst solutions available to France. Canada, China and the United States have been repeatedly named as potential buyers but these deals are highly unlikely to come through. The National Interest, an American bimonthly magazine, makes a special case for Brazil, whose fleet coincidentally needs a capital ship to serve as an offshore command center.

End of the Road?
End of the Road?

Mistral is a regional game changer

The main argument is that of regional ambitions and can be framed as an issue of leading versus following. In this respect, a Mistral is a game changer, according to the National Interest.

“An amphibious assault ship, like the Mistral, gives a navy the capacity to undertake an independent leadership role in a littoral crisis,” the magazine noted, specifically referring to disaster-relief operations.

This is an issue in Latin America. “Several Latin American countries have expressed frustration about their ability to conduct maritime relief operations independent of the United States,” the media outlet said, citing an operation following the devastating 2009 earthquake in Haiti as an example. Brazil was eager to contribute to the relief efforts but was sidelined by the US.

“In short, in maritime relief operations the ownership of an amphib makes the difference between a leadership role (including the ability to manage and steer the course of the operation) and a support role (in which another navy calls the shots). And for most countries, maritime relief operations happen much more often than active combat operations,” the National Interest explained.

Brazilian aircraft carrier São Paulo (A12)
Brazilian aircraft carrier São Paulo (A12)

Why would Brazil need a Mistral?

The Brazilian Navy’s only flagship – an aircraft carrier, dubbed São Paulo – was commissioned in 1963 by the French Navy. Paris transferred the Clemenceau-class ship to Brazil in 2000, where it is expected to remain in service until 2039.

By that time it will be 76 years old, which is far beyond the retirement age for military hardware. Moreover, São Paulo has often been reported to be in constant need of repairs and maintenance.Brazil cannot build an aircraft carrier by itself and no one is selling these ships at the moment. A Mistral or two could assume the leadership role from aging São Paulo.

They have another major advantage over aircraft carriers: the amphibious assault ships are “cheaper and easier to maintain than aircraft carriers.” They also “offer a single platform that can combine sea control, offensive strike and disaster relief,” the National Interest observed.

Sevastopol (L) and the Vladivostok warships, two Mistral class LHD amphibious vessels ordered by Russia from STX France in Saint-Nazaire, western France, on December 20, 2014
Sevastopol (L) and the Vladivostok warships, two Mistral class LHD amphibious vessels ordered by Russia from STX France in Saint-Nazaire, western France, on December 20, 2014

Amphibious assault ships gain in popularity… but not in Latin America

Not a single major Latin American country has expressed a real interest in purchasing a Mistral-like ship, yet more and more nations, including but not limited to South Korea, Japan, Italy, Australia, China, India and Russia, contemplate investing into these warships.

“The [Latin American] disinterest in amphibs is curious, particularly because amphibs are ideal naval vessels for countries that don’t anticipate having to fight in the near future. While operating fixed-wing aircraft carriers has strained the naval budgets of Brazil and Argentina, amphibs don’t stretch means nearly as far,” the magazine pointed out.

Although the Mistrals offer offensive combat capabilities, the region could benefit from their role in managing the aftermath of natural disasters, as well as aiding in the efforts to fight drug and human trafficking. In this respect, their purchase is unlikely to spark a regional arms race, the National Interest stated.

“The Mistrals can increase Brazil’s regional influence not merely by existing, but also by doing things on a daily basis. [They] would immediately become the most impactful warships owned by a South American navy since the early days of the twentieth century. The two ships could even operate along the Amazon, which is navigable for big ships for large extents,” the magazine concluded.

The fate of the Mistral deal inked between France and Russia remains in limbo. According to latest reports, both sides are close to arriving at an agreement under which Moscow will receive compensation for the ships’ non-delivery.

But until this matter is settled, France cannot sell the Mistrals to a third party.At this point Russia does not need the amphibious assault ships built in France, because it has all the technology needed to manufacture similar ships at home. The growing global interest in this type of vessel opens up exciting export possibilities, especially considering Russia’s close ties with Brazil or China for that matter (the three nations are part of the BRICS forum).

In a few years’ time, Russia could start making inroads in this sector of the lucrative arms market and Moscow seems to have already laid the groundwork to secure deals in the future.

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Brazil to Send Inquiry About Russian Pantsir-S1 Missile Systems’ Purchase

Brazilian Minister of Defense Jaques Wagner said that Brazil will send an official inquiry about the potential purchase of the Russian Pantsir-S1 missile system.
Russian Pantsir S1 air defense system

Brazil will send an official inquiry about the potential purchase of the Russian Pantsir-S1 missile system, Brazilian Minister of Defense Jaques Wagner told Sputnik.On Saturday, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said that the waiting list for the purchase of the Pantsir-S1 system is formed until 2019.

“I have talked to the Russian ambassador in Brazil, and soon we will send an official inquiry [about Pantsir-S1 purchase] and start negotiations on the price,” the Brazilian minister said on Saturday.

Wagner stressed that the deal could have happened earlier, but it was postponed due to the military spending cuts in Brazil this year.

According to Russian media reports, the potential arms purchase by Brazil, which includes three Pantsir-S1 batteries of up to 18 units, is estimated at $1 billion.

The Pantsir-S1 (SA-22 Greyhound) is a Russian short- to medium-range surface-to-air missile and anti-aircraft artillery weapon system, which first entered service in 2012 and is set to gradually replace the Tunguska self-propelled anti-aircraft weapon.

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Mil Mi-35M maintenance center to open in Brazil in 2015


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A maintenance center for Russia’s Mil Mi-35M multirole attack helicopters will open in Brazil in 2015, according to Rosoboronexport Deputy General Director Sergei Goreslavsky.

“The Mi-35M helicopter delivery is supported by an offset program, whose cornerstone is the helicopter maintenance center. The center will apply Russian technologies and infrastructures of the Brazilian customer,” Goreslavsky told reporters at the LAAD 2015 Latin American defense and security exhibition in Rio de Janeiro.

“The contract stipulates the opening of the maintenance center in 2015,” he added.

Russia will transfer technologies for key units of the helicopter under the contract, Goreslavsky said.

The center will employ workshops in two regions of Brazil. Civilian helicopters are serviced and repaired under separate programs, and the center will repair Mil Mi-35M helicopters’ fuselage and engines.