The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) has cut the number of KC-390 that it will procure from Embraer from 28 to 22 aircraft.

Earlier, the FAB said it will only buy 16 aircraft. Embraer then countered that the reduction to the order was done unilaterally and the aerospace company would consider legal actions against the Brazilian government.

The delivery schedule will be stretched until 2034, which Embraer says will allow it to carry out long-term planning with its suppliers.
The Brazilian Army has written up requirements for its next eight-wheel drive armored reconnaissance vehicle, following approval for the service to buy up to 221 of the platforms — each armed with either a 105mm or 120mm gun — according to sources and an Army document seen by Defense News.

The VBC Cav-MSR procurement effort replaces another program known as VBR-MR.

The Army’s General Staff is now awaiting approval to publish the rules and schedule for industry bids. Companies that have already expressed interest include Italy’s Iveco-Oto Melara Consortium, which is offering the Centauro II; General Dynamics European Land Systems, with the eight-wheel drive LAV 700; and China North Industries Group Corporation Limited (otherwise known as NORINCO), with its ST1.

The program is meant to replace part of the Army’s fleet of EE-9 Cascavel six-wheel drive armored reconnaissance vehicles, which are armed with 90mm guns. It’s unclear how much money the government authorized for the effort.
The Chilean Air Force has inducted into service two Boeing E-3D Sentry airborne early warning Mk 1 (AEW1) aircraft from the Royal Air Force. The two operational Airborne Warning And Control System (AWACS) aircraft were acquired along with a third aircraft to be used for spares, earlier in 2022.
??⚓️?? Launched in December 2018, the Riachuelo, the 1⃣st of the 4⃣ Scorpène submarines of the ProSub program successfully completed her sea trials and has now been delivered and entered into service within the Marinha do Brasil.

In Brazil, Naval Group went further than ever before in terms of transfer of technology. ⚓
The Riachuelo has been built entirely in ?? by ICN - Itaguaí Construções Navais thanks to a Transfer of Technology programme from Naval Group.

ICN employs more than 1⃣,7⃣0⃣0⃣ Brazilian employees. Naval Group has selected and qualified many local suppliers who have joined its supply chain for the ProSub contract but also for other business opportunities.

Humaitá, the second submarine of the series launched in December 2020, will start her trials in September 2022.

Source Naval Group
Riachuelo is stated to be part of the Naval Review that will happen as part of the festivities of the 200th anniversary of Brazilian independence on September 7th(next Wednesday).

Colombia relaunches its combat aircraft purchase plan.

Colombian President Gustavo Petro has reactivated the process of acquiring new combat aircraft to replace the country's aging Kfir fleet.

Petro's decision may come as a surprise given his stance earlier this year on the campaign trail, when he said buying fighter jets or other military hardware would not be a priority during his term, if he was chosen one.

Military sources in the capital, Bogotá, who spoke on condition of anonymity to protect his career, said credit for Petro's turnaround goes to Gen. Luis Carlos Córdoba, head of the Colombian Air Force. They explained that Córdoba convinced Defense Minister Iván Velásquez of the urgent need to replace at least part of the Kfir fleet, which will begin to retire at the end of this year, and Velásquez, in turn, convinced the president.

Since 1989, Colombia has purchased 24 Kfir aircraft, manufactured by Israel Aerospace Industries. To counter Venezuela's acquisition of Sukhoi Su-32 fighters, Colombia's Kfir fleet underwent upgrades between 2009 and 2017 by IAI's Lahav Division.

The latest upgrade, to the C-60 standard, involved the installation of an Elta Systems ELM-2032 active electronically scanned array radar and data link, as well as the integration of Rafael Advanced Defense Systems' Derby weapon, an air-to-air missile beyond visual range. IAI says that standard is equivalent to that of the F-16 Block 52.

Colombia's modernized Kfirs are arguably the most advanced fighter aircraft with the most capable systems in service in South America. But the age of airframes is taking its toll; between 2012 and 2014, multiple aircraft were lost in accidents, grounding the entire fleet. Extensive maintenance support from IAI returned the aircraft to service.


40 years since the Falklands War in 1982, conflict has once again been sparked by Argentina. However, the conflict is not fought against another opponent, but between foreign powers offering various new aircraft to the Argentine Air Force.​

The competition was initiated after the retirement of the French-built Mirage fighter in 2015 due to budget restraints. In the subsequent 7 years since then, Argentina has been on the hunt for a successor, with various nations offering up secondhand fighters such as Jordan and Spain offering up Mirage F1s or Israel’s offer of modernized Kfirs. And in other cases being offered new fighters such as Sweden’s Saab Gripen, and most famously South Korea’s KAI FA-50.

However, all of those aircraft were unable to be selected due to one common factor: British Influence.

After the Falklands War, the United Kingdom placed a full embargo upon any and all military hardware from reaching Argentina. For the rest of the 20th century, the embargo showed little to no effect upon the Argentine Armed Forces, however as nations began rearming in the 21st century, Argentina found itself with limited options in terms of its Air Force modernization. The Air Force was forced to rely on Mirage fighters and older A-4 attackers, both of which were veterans of the Falklands War.

The United States even maintained an arms embargo on Argentina from the 1970s until the early 1990s due to Argentine assistance during the 1991 Operation Desert Shield, where they committed a destroyer, two corvettes, and a supply ship as part of their efforts.

Later on, in 1998, Argentina would be declared a ‘Major non-NATO Ally’, the sixth nation in the world to receive the title after Australia, Egypt, Israel, Japan, South Korea, and New Zealand. During this time period, The United States made an offer to sell 36+6 F-16A/Bs, unfortunately, due to financial insecurities, the Argentines declined the offer.

Fast forward to 2021. After the UK had rejected Argentina being able to access dozens of
aircraft due to their British-built Martin-Baker Ejection Seats, there were only a handful of
options left for Argentina. Which includes the Chinese contender to the F-16, the JF-17 Block III. The JF-17 is a Chinese/Pakistani joint venture designed to replace older fighters in the Pakistan Air Force, as well as try and contend with the F-16 on the export market.

To the Argentines, the JF-17 looks promising, as with its cheap price tag compared to the MiG-35 (which the Russians were currently offering), it looked like the best choice. Around this time, America had appointed a new SOUTHCOM commander, Gen. Laura J. Richardson.

During General Richardson’s testimony to the United States Congress, she made an explicit request to Representatives of the Armed Service Committee that the United States should aggressively market the F-16 to Argentina in order to stop Chinese influence in ‘America’s Backyard’, even stating that the US should appeal to the UK to lower the embargo to stop Chinese influence from spreading.

Here is where we meet the modern day. The United States is currently appealing to the UK to let them export F-16s to Argentina. Most British people would immediately reject the offer, having said that, this is where the argument against Argentina becomes shortsighted. Argentina, at one point or another, will press on with the recovery of its armed forces, and even today it has various procurement programs in place to restore lost capabilities. The position in which I believe is that the British should lift, or at least reduce the severity of, the arms embargo. If the British do not lift the embargo, South America will fall further and further into Chinese and Russian influence.

Nations such as Peru and Venezuela are already using Russian-built combat aircraft, as well as Uruguay, and Bolivia considering Russian or Chinese light fighters to replace their older systems. By denying Argentina its last opportunity to acquire western-built fighters, the UK has essentially pushed Argentina to the point where it will have to acquire equipment from China.

The Argentines have held out for decades in their attempt to still keep procuring from the West, yet they will be forced to turn away if the UK continues its harsh embargo.

Here’s where the UK has an opportunity: Allow the United States to export the F-16 to
Argentina. Allowing Argentina access to the F-16 stops Chinese military influence directly in its tracks.

The F-16 is a well-known fighter in the British Ministry of Defense, so none of its capabilities will come as a surprise to the Royal Air Force, the same cannot be said for the JF-17 whose capabilities are unknown by western air forces. The F-16 would also help strengthen ties between the United Kingdom and Argentina, as the UK could be seen in a more “accepting” light by the Argentine people.

The British politicians have the last word nonetheless, and I suspect that some may see the current threat of Chinese military influence expanding to Latin America being a much greater common threat than the disagreements of the past.
Macron offers to the Colombian President, Gustavo Petro the Rafale fighter for the Colombian Air Force

The French proposal gains momentum after the Colombian president rejects the offer for F16 aircraft, given the limits imposed by the US on its operation


Full story in Spanish

The Colombian Air Force chooses the Rafale as a future fighter-bomber​


The choice of the new fighter for the Colombian Air Force (FAC) occurred after more than 12 years of indecision and interests on the part of politicians and generals, corrected with a historic decision by the current government, coming to accept the French proposal of the fighter Dassault Rafale air superiority. This was announced this morning by senior officials of the presidency and the defense ministry.

It would be the acquisition of 16 Rafale aircraft with an estimated cost according to the statements of up to 15 billion Colombian pesos (around 3,150 million dollars); Cost to be confirmed when the contracts are carried out, which would begin to be paid in 5 years, according to what was reported by representative David Racero, a close political ally of the current government of President Petro.

Regarding this acquisition, President Petro has spoken through social networks due to criticism of the need, explaining that for Kfir aircraft "operation and maintenance is expensive and can be risky."

Full Story in Spanish
Within the framework of the bilateral meeting between the two countries held this Monday, Defense Minister Jorge Taiana and the Foreign Minister of the Federative Republic of Brazil, Mauro Vieira signed a letter of intent, to promote contract negotiations between the Argentine Army and IVECO Defense Vehicles in order to incorporate 156 units of the “Guaraní 6x6” Wheeled Armored Combat Vehicle into the Force.

The production of the “Guaraní 6x6” Wheeled Armored Combat Vehicle includes parts that are manufactured in the Argentine Republic, more precisely at the Iveco factory in the province of Córdoba.

In addition to the incorporation of armored vehicles, the letter of intent included the transfer of technology, for the progressive increase in the manufacture of parts in Argentina, logistical support and the training of crews and technical personnel of the Argentine Army.

Of the 156 units that Argentina demands for the Army, there are 120 Personnel Transport Vehicles (VCBR-TP) with a machine gun tower, 27 Infantry Combat Vehicles (VCBR-CI) with a cannon tower and 9 Command Post Vehicles (VBE-PC).



The Argentinian Ministry of Defense has inked a letter of intent with India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to acquire Light Utility Helicopters.

Argentinian officials evaluated the HAL helicopter during the Defense Expo in Gandhinagar in October 2022, Aviacionline revealed.

The size of the potential deal has not been disclosed. However, Aviacionline pegged the number at 20 aircraft, including logistical and maintenance support.
The United States Congress was notified in July of the potential transfer of crucial defense equipment to Argentina, in a move aimed at bolstering the South American nation’s military capabilities.

The proposed arms package includes the sale of up to 38 F-16 fighter jets from Denmark and four P-3 maritime patrol aircraft from Norway.

The notification from the Department of State to Congress highlights the strategic importance of this transfer, emphasizing the consideration of political, military, economic, human rights, and arms control factors.

The deal, valued at approximately $338.7 million for the F-16s and $108.4 million for the P-3s, aims to address Argentina’s ongoing efforts to modernize its air force and navy.

The Brazilian Army released its long-awaited request for proposal (RFP) and request for tender (RFT) for a 155 mm self-propelled wheeled artillery system on 2 August, a major milestone for the service's effort to replace part of its M114A1 howitzers.

The Brazilian Army Commission in Washington (CEBW) issued the document on behalf of the Logistics Command that intends to meet self-propelled, wheeled 155 mm howitzer armoured combat vehicle (VBC OAP 155 mm SR) project requirements, part of the Army Strategic Program Armoured Forces (Prg EE F Bld).

The project aims to acquire two initial vehicles for evaluation at the Army Evaluations Center, and later another 34 systems in different tranches to arm three field artillery groups. No details on the acquisition schedule were provided in the initial documents. released its,part of its M114A1 howitzers.

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