Latin America

Brazil; Court freezes purchase of Centauro II 8×8 tanks from Italy

The signing of the contract between the Brazilian Army and the Italian company CIO, the company that won the tender for the purchase of 98 8×8 combat vehicles with its Centauro II model, was scheduled for yesterday, however a precautionary measure, presented a day earlier, stopped the process immediately. The popular action that triggered the […]

Nicaragua; Government confirms defense budget for 2023

The Nicaraguan Government will allocate, in 2023, 327.9 million dollars for Security and Public Order and110.4 million dollars for Defense. Of the country’s total budget for next year, Security and Public Order will receive 9.8%, while Defense will be allocated only 3.3%. With this, the Nicaraguan Army continues to receive one of the lowest budgets […]

Peru; The 5th. in a row Defense Minister resigns

In a letter addressed to President Pedro Castillo, Barragán cited personal reasons to justify his resignation. Daniel Barragánhas resigned as Peru’s Minister of Defense in a letter to President Pedro Castillo. In the letter he pointed out the irrevocable nature of his resignation, which he said is motivated by personal matters and thanked the military […]

Colombia; France offers Rafale in lieu of failed US F-16 proposal

The French proposal gains momentum after the Colombian president rejected the offer for F16 aircraft, given the limits imposed by the US on its operation French President Emmanuel Macron has offered his Colombian counterpart, Gustavo Petro, the Dassault Aviation Rafale C/F3multirole fighter to become the Colombian Air Force’s new fighter jet. The renewal of this […]

Colombia; Navy orders  OPV & Logistic vessel from local shipyard

The commander of the Colombian Navy, Vice Admiral Francisco Cubides, has confirmed that the force contracted with the public shipyard Cotecmar the construction of a new oceanic patrol vessel OPV 93 Cand another logistics support ship BAL 6012. With these new vessels, the Navy intends to reinforce, in the case of the OPV, operations for […]

Brazil; Army decides on Italian Centauro II 8×8 wheeled combat vehicle

As expected even before the tender was published, the Centaruo II armored vehicle of the CIO consortium, composed in equal parts by Iveco and Leonardo, has been selected by the Brazilian Army to become its new 8×8 wheeled combat vehicle. In this way, the Italian vehicle prevails over the LAV 700 AG of General Dynamics […]

Brazil; Police buys MRAP vehicles from UAE  

The UAE-based company Streit Group has delivered eight Scorpion 4×4 MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicles to the Federal Police of Brazil. The contract was signed in 2019. The purchase of these new armored vehicles will increase the protection, mobility, and firepower of the Federal Police of Brazil. Four of these Scorpion MRAP vehicles will […]

Ecuador; Army orders 137 Tiger MKII and MBombe AFVs from Elbit for US$65 M.

The Army plans to deploy the new vehicles on the northern border, affected by the constant presence of Colombian armed groups The Ecuadorian Army has awarded Elbit Systems a contract valued at 65 million dollars for the purchase of 137 armored vehicles of the types 4×4 MDT Armor Tiger MKII, of Israeli origin, and 6×6 […]

Uruguay; MoD negotiates possible buy of ex-Norwegian Nordkapp vessels

Uruguay has expressed, in government-to-government negotiations, its interest in acquiring the Nordkapp-class vessels that the Norwegian Coast Guard is decommissioning. The class has three ships, launched between 1981 and 1982, with a displacement of 3200 tons and 105 meters in length, powered by fourWichmann9AXAGengines that allow it to reach a speed of 22 knots and […]

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