5 April 2019
By David Oliver
BAE Systems has been active in Brazil for over 50 years with equipment in service in the land, sea and air domains, delivering defence solutions through local partnerships and the transfer of technology. Through the supply of artillery to naval guns, armored vehicles to electronic warfare systems, the Amazon Class Offshore Patrol vessels and the Artisan 3D and DNS-2 Combat Management System on the Brazilian Navy’s flagship, the helicopter carrier Atlantico which is the Royal Navy’s ex-HMS Ocean.
BAE Systems’ support for the Brazilian Army was demonstrated at the LAAD 2019 featuring a Brazilian Army M109A5+ self-propelled howitzer as the centrepiece of a display covering all aspects of the company’s work in Brazil.
The M109 was selected by the Brazilian Amy in 2012 and BAE Systems, in partnership with the Army, is executing the upgrade programme to the A5+ version with deliveries set for 2019. The M109A5+ incorporates several digital systems to face the current challenges of the Field.
BAE Systems exhibits included a model of the versatile Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV), the Artisan 3D radar, 40 Mk 4 Naval Gun, all in service with the Brazilian Navy, models of the 57 Mk 3 Naval Gun, the M777 Howitzer and the Assault Amphibious Vehicle, which BAE Systems recently delivered to the Brazilian Marine Corps.
BAE Systems also displayed the combat-proven APKWS Laser-Guided Rocket, the guidance kit of which, manufactured by BAE Systems, transforms an unguided 2.75-inch (70 mm) rocket into a precision-guided rocket. Last year APKWS was integrated on the Super Tucano which opens up the potential market for Latin America Super Tucano operators and the Brazilian Air Force in particular.
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