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Brazilian Navy restarts KC-2 Turbo Trader contract
A contract amendment signed on 7 November by the Brazilian navy's directorate of aeronautics and Marsh Aviation revives a long-delayed programme to refurbish and re-engine four ex-US Navy Grumman S-2 Trackers.

The new contract terms also acknowledge the entry of Elbit Systems of America’s subsidiary M7 Aviation, of San Antonio, Texas, into the programme.

The original Brazilian Tracker contract was signed on 20 October 2011 covering the airframe refurbishment, re-engining and systems transformation of four ex-US Navy C-1A Traders into “KC-2” Turbo Traders. It also revived the C-1A fleet for military operations, a role that had been on hold since the US Navy retired the aircraft 26 years ago.

The Brazilian Navy’s São Paulo aircraft carrier due to its age is constrained in both catapult strength and flight deck length making the operation of the modern but much larger and heavier Northrop Grumman E-2D Hawkeye aircraft impossible.

Due to this limiting factor, the Brazilian Navy acquired eight Grumman C-1A airframes previously stored in the US military’s aircraft boneyard outside Tucson, Arizona. The transaction is listed as a “grant” in a database maintained by the US military’s arms export unit – the Defense Security and Cooperation Agency. The database lists the current value of the C-1A airframe as $32,000.

Seeking to minimise risk, Brazil decided to rely on a tried and tested re-engining program developed by Marsh Aviation to have four of the aircraft converted to carrier on board delivery (COD) and air-to-air refueling aircraft.

The C-1A’s original Wright R-1820-8WA radial engines will be replaced by Honeywell TPE331-14GR turboprops fitted with Hartzell HC-135MA-5 five-blade propellers. The analogue cockpit is to be modernised with an Astronautics electronic flight instrument system kit. These Brazilian Traders are currently stored in the Marsh Aviation lot in Mesa, Arizona.

Brazil’s S-2 modernisation programme was first delayed because Marsh’s conversion line was effectively closed since the end of Turbo Tracker deliveries to the California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection. It had to be restarted from scratch.

After that Marsh and its president were charged with conspiracy to violate the Arms Export Control Act by supplying refit North American OV-10 Bronco T-76 engines to the embargoed Venezuelan Air Force between 2005 and 2008.

As a US Government investigation was started on all of Marsh’s activities, which almost led to the company’s bankruptcy, the S-2 conversion project for the Brazilian navy was suspended for years.

“This [investigation] has caused the temporary loss of [Marsh Aviation’s] ability to legally continue to deliver the contracted services” stated a Brazilian Navy Public Affairs Office release in March 2013. That document also said that “Marsh has been found innocent by the US Department of Justice in October 2012”, but in order to get there Floyd Stilwell then president of Marsh Aviation pleaded guilty and had to pay a $250,000 fine. He also had to step down of the presidency and be replaced by his daughter.

A technical assistance agreement was signed in 2013 between the Navy and Marsh allowing for a number of Department of State recommendations to be adopted by Marsh Aviation.

The Brazilian Navy’s way around these issues was to approve a Marsh Aviation plan to establish an alliance with Elbit Systems of America’s M7 subsidiary.

Marsh and M7 will now proceed with the execution of the re-engining and upgrade services, with Marsh Aviation remaining as the “main contractor”, as this should stave bankruptcy and keep the Brazilian contract “alive” through all the turbulence.

The first KC-2 prototype flight is expected for November 2017 and the delivery of the first operational aircraft to the Brazilian Navy is scheduled for December 2018.

Future KC-2 flight crew are already receiving basic flying training in the Brazilian Air Force Academy. Carrier conversion is done in the US Navy where they fly the T-45 at NAS Kingsville and later go to the advanced multi-engine MPTS E-2/C-2 pipeline in Corpus Christi, Texas, flying T-44C Pegasus.

When they are delivered the Turbo Traders and Trackers will be operated by the newly created First Transport and Early Warning Squadron (VEC-1) based in the Sao Pedro d’Aldeia Naval Air Station located west Rio de Janeiro.
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Brazil originally acquired eight airframes and my understanding was that four would be tankers and the other four would be AEW aircraft.

This article talks about the contract fo the four KC-2 versions which I presume are going to be the tankers and possibly COD aircraft.

I wonder what is happening to the other four...which would end up being AEW aircraft?

Those are going to be critical fo the Sao Paulo too.

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Brazil is an emerging power in South America in terms of its overall reach, influence, and military. The most powerful nation in South America, and a nation that more and more of the large nations are looking to establish relations and military contracts with.

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Future Brazilian corvettes have names, a Brazilian Anglo-radar missiles and possibly carry Sea Ceptor CAMM

( The Admiralty made the proposal and the Commander of the Navy accepted the following names for a class, however continuing the Barroso called "Tamandaré" according to divulge the ALIDE forum. Initially consist of 4 units: V35 "Tamandaré" V36 "Jeronimo de Albuquerque," V37 "Moreira Cunha 'and V38' Mariz e Barros".


An important feature of this program is that it would have taken the decision to revise the previously planned use of the same shape and size of helmet Tamandaré that used in the Barroso (OPV series and potentially that could be derived from them) . Therefore quarter sleeve would be greater than the original standard used in Inhaúma 11.4m and Barroso series. This most likely is a result of the positive experience with the class OPV Amazon recently bought BAE and have 13.5 meters wide, and a helmet highly praised by the Brazilian Navy, which, however, would perhaps suffering in this model some problems with radars and even Therma Scanter 4100 combat system with Osiris. The new corvettes displace 2,480 tonnes against 2,350 Barroso.

Finally, a recent report indicating that the naval missile Sea Ceptor / CAMM, manufactured by MBDA UK beat American ESSM and decided for this new class. The radar of the new class of ships should be the same as BAE Systems Artisan 3D or a derivative thereof, assembled locally by Bradar (ex Orbisat), a subsidiary of Embraer Defense and Security. After preliminarily decided this provider, Airbus Defence and Space BRADAR made known its intention to provide alternative to Brazil its TRS-3D AESA radar, initially without much success but with possibilities of further negotiations at the last minute.

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The Brazilian Navy acquires an unspecified number of AM-39 and SM-39 missiles MBDA a contract worth 132 million euros

( With them is to equip UH-15A (currently in the final stages of construction in Helibras), becoming the longest arm of the naval fleet. Since it is contemplated that SM-39 missiles to arm the future submarine Scorpene / Marlin. This latest acquisition also includes training, pitchers and inert missiles airborne version (AM39) and container / torpedoes for the SM3 version.


A series replace older analog versions, arming helicopters and Agusta Sea King Sea King have already been decommissioned, and the other will open capacity, launching submarine. Although the amount was not specified, is assumed to be less than 15 units, which is estimated to be an initial acquisition options to increase.

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Following the announcement in October that a $5.8 billion contract had been signed for the first batch of 36 aircraft, an air force representative confirmed to the International Fighter conference in London on 18 November that the full requirement will be for 108 airframes.

The Gripen will initially replace Dassault Mirage 2000C fighters that have already been retired, and eventually the Northrop F-5EM and Alenia/Embraer A-1M aircraft that are still in service.

“We had in 2007 a feasibility study to imagine future scenarios,” the representative says. “They reached that final number based on the requirements for the future.”

The 108 will be delivered in three batches, and although it has not yet been decided how many of these will be single-seater and how many will be two-seater aircraft, under the terms of the October contract eight of the first batch of 36 will be two-seat variants.

Brazil has been in discussions with the US Navy regarding the ideal mix of single- and two-seater aircraft that the force needs, plus it has been talking to the South African air force, which also operates the Gripen.

“Our air force staff force is assessing again the number of one-seater to two,” he adds.

Fifteen of the first batch will be wholly built in Brazil, while the other 21 will be made by Brazilian and Swedish engineers.

In conjunction with Brazil’s national defence strategy released in 2008, which encouraged all defence contracts to favour local industry, 80% of the aerostructure contracts will be bid for by Brazilian industry, the representative says.

“We are comfortable to now say that the transfer of technology…is what we aimed for,” he adds.

Meanwhile, the Denel Dynamics A-Darter air-to-air missile that will be integrated onto the Brazilian Gripens will receive its final qualification “next week”, the representative says.

“This will be on the Gripens that we hope to have by 2019.”

The Gripen will also have the indigenous-built Mectron MAR-1 air-to-surface/air-to-air anti-radiation missile on board.

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The Swedish Government denies pressure to his Brazilian counterpart to sign the contract for the Gripen NG FAB before elections


( Prime Minister of Sweden, Stefan Löfven, said the sale of 36 Gripen aircraft to Brazil by 5,400 million dollars is "a business that goes far beyond the plane" and denied he had pressured the Brazilian government to sign the contract with Saab before the second round of the presidential election between Dilma Rousseff and Aetius Neves, held last October 26.
The Air Force finalized its purchase of 28 Gripen E (cars) and eight F version (tandem), precisely on October 24. The 36 aircraft are still in development and the contract provides for the transfer of technology to the domestic industry can produce locally this new generation fighter. They begin to will arrive in 2019, with final delivery date of the batch in 2025. In an interview with Brazilian journalists in Stockholm Löfven said it was "an agreement between the company [Saab] and the country. I was informed about the transaction in general, not specifically for the moment. "

The prime minister, elected last September, refused to say if 5,400 million would be an exaggerated value to spend on fighter jets, while Brazil has serious problems in other sectors, while noting that Sweden also increase spending on defense in the coming years due to regional issues, such as the defense of the Baltic and the conflict between Ukraine and Russia.

"The first thing I would say is that Brazil is a democratic country and made his own decision. We will also increase defense spending in the coming years, after an analysis of the regional situation," he said. "Brazil has to do its own analysis and can not comment at all, is a subject of particular country. we believe that when Brazil made its assessment and realized that I needed the tickets, we had a good aircraft. it is important and is the cornerstone of business. but there is much more involved: about technology, innovation, industrial cooperation that our authorities are building in São Bernardo do Campo This is the future, are the new jobs, not just military purchases is technology in different areas and.. believe that this cooperation is very good for both countries. "

Löfven said the agreement on the Gripen makes Brazil a strategic partner in the industrial area of Sweden. "I definitely believe that. The business is much more than an airplane. The cooperation we are starting in São Bernardo do Campo is a long-term commitment," he said.

At the same time, the Centre for Research and Innovation Swedish-Brazilian Clearing (CISB) meets today in Sao Paulo with representatives of companies, universities and research centers to discuss opportunities for strengthening cooperation between two countries in the areas of research and innovation, in addition to the presentation of success stories. The fourth annual meeting of CISB with the participation of members of central Brazil and Sweden, Saab, Volvo Cars, SENAI, Royal Institute of Technology, among others, and partners such as the ITA, elmunicipio Curitiba and Lindholmen Science Park .

Immediately thereafter, on Thursday and Friday this week, will take place on 1st Wokshop Swedish-Brazilian Aeronautics and Defence in the Technological Institute of Aeronautics (ITA), São José dos Campos. The event is organized by the ITA itself and CISB, aiming to stimulate and expand exchanges between Brazilian and Swedish researchers on topics related to innovation and technological development.

They will present around 300 participants attending conferences and debates of scientists, researchers, representatives from universities, governments and development agencies as well as industry executives aviation, security and defense of Brazil and Sweden.

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Boeing confirms talks with Brazil for sale Chinook helicopter

( The Brazilian Army has expressed interest in buying a heavy unlisted number CH-47 Chinook helicopters, as announced by the American company Boeing, manufacturer of helicopters. Although many details were not disclosed, it is confirmed that they have started negotiations for the sale of a number of helicopters that Boeing considered "not too big". The company believes that the talks are at a "very positive" and that the arrival times of these helicopters provide increased capacity for the Brazilian Army.


In we announced in April the possibility that Boeing sold in Latin America some Chinooks helicopters from the US Army that could be sold in lots and modernized according to customer needs. Then he spoke of Brazil, Chile and Colombia as potential customers. Later this offer materialized in the case of Brazil, being six helicopters CH-47D version for approximately 70 to 90 million depending on the degree of modernization to make, having recourse to loans US Foreign Military Sales.

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Jeff Head

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Future Brazilian corvettes have names, a Brazilian Anglo-radar missiles and possibly carry Sea Ceptor CAMM
These look to be really nice corvettes and a worthy follow-on to the Barroso. They seem like they will be a stealthy, modernized Barroso quite frankly. Here she is:


Commissioned in 2008, she is the newest major surface combatant in the Brazilian fleet. But apart from some 40mm bofors and her DP main gun, she has no defenses against anti-shipping missiles. These new vessels will fix that for self defense.

With the Type 22 FFGs, the Niterio FFGs, the Inhauma Corvetttes and the Barosso...and then these...the Brzilian Navy will have adequate ASW and general purpose escorts for their carrier and other major assets.


Brazilian Type 22 ASW frihgate. They have three.


Brazilian Niteroi Class Frigates, they have six of these

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of the major Brazilian surface combatants.

But, if Brazil intends to build a newer carerier, and ever use it or the Sao Paulo into the blue water, what Brazil is woefully lacking is anti-air defense.

As far as I can see they only have very short range, reltively older anti-missile systems right now. These would never protect their carrier in any kind of combat environment involving anti-shipping missiles.

Here is ther Sao Paulo at sea and you can see a Type 22 FFG as escort and what may be Niterio FFGs behind the Supply ship.


These new corvettes you posted about Mirage, with their CAMM missiles, will help...but they are still short range solutions and would be inadequte for area coverage for a carrier battle group.

It will be intersting to see how Brazil addresses this.


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Is that so some kind of steam catapult system for take off over there in the front of the Sao Paulo?:confused: