There are opportunities for sales to Brazil military centers on replacing aging equipment and upgrading defensive weapons systems, such as new armored personnel carriers, aircraft, ASW upgrades, and command and control/intelligence systems. Trends include seeking excess defense article bargains for the next decade (or any reasonably priced equipment) to tide them over until their indigenous arms industry can be reestablished.
The following are known opportunities:
Brazilian military modernization plans include outfitting the Army with heavy/medium tanks, tube/howitzers, and training helicopters. The Air Force is considering procurement of a replacement fighter. The Navy plans to procure new weapons systems, including a surface to air missile system for its Niteroi-class frigates and new propulsion systems for its Corvette fleet.
Brazil's military has no Ministry of Defense. Each service has a Minister (four-star general officer) who reports directly to the President of Brazil. The military's basic priorities are increased pay/benefits which have fallen behind the civilian sector, and force modernization.
Training in Brazilian Navy/Marine Corps has an emphasis on helicopter-borne assault troops. Other priorities include electronic warfare and command and control systems integration, improved ASW capability at sea, and improved amphibious assault capability, especially helo-borne troops.