Brazil to buy Ger­man anti-air­craft tanks

SP's MAI - - MILITARY UPDATES -

Brazil will buy 34 1A2 Gepard an­ti­air­craft tanks from Ger­many to pro­vide se­cu­rity at ma­jor re­li­gious and sport­ing events, like the up­com­ing World Cup. The tanks are likely to be used when Brazil hosts the World Cup next year and the 2016 Olympic Games. A De­fence Min­istry state­ment said the con­tract would be signed in the com­ing days with the to­tal value still un­der ne­go­ti­a­tion.

The used, 47.5-tonne tanks, which were up­graded in 2010 and fit­ted with new radar sys­tems, will be able to op­er­ate un­til 2030, the G1 news web­site quoted anti-air­craft ar­tillery bri­gade chief Gen­eral Marcio Roland Heise as say­ing.

Eight of the ar­moured ve­hi­cles are to be de­liv­ered be­fore June and will be used dur­ing World Youth Day, the Catholic youth fest that Pope Fran­cis plans to at­tend in Rio in July.

“I want all troops to be ready and trained to use this new (anti-air­craft) sys­tem at the open­ing and clos­ing of the Con­fed­er­a­tions Cup and dur­ing the Pope’s visit to pro­tect those who will be in sta­di­ums,” Heise said.

The other tanks are to be de­liv­ered by 2015.

Rio host­ing Latin Amer­ica’s big­gest de­fence trade fair. South Africa’s pri­vately-owned Para­mount Group, which is at­tend­ing the LAAD De­fense and Se­cu­rity expo, signed a con­tract with Rio de Janeiro state for the sale of eight po­lice ar­moured ve­hi­cles that will be de­liv­ered by De­cem­ber.

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