U.S. Armored Vehicles: Reliable Tools for the Brazilian Armed Forces

first_imgBy Andréa Barretto/Diálogo January 16, 2018 Y lo blindados que fabrica Brasil no cuentan? o solo esta nota periodística se feriere a las “compras” que realiza en materia exterior. Sabemos que Brasil tiene una bien montada industria de la defensa y produce blindados de todo tipo e incluso los exporta, lo que me llama la atención es que sea precisamente los yankis norteamericano los que le proveen este tipo de material. La industria militar en todos los campos debe de ser un esfuerzo conjunto latinoamericano para fabricar todo tipo de materiales y vehículos del sector defensa y interior. La pregunta es: le compran a los norteamericanos porque precisamente “ellos” estarían impidiendo así que la industria en defensa no progrese en América Latina en especial y en el Brasil en particular? Buenos días, saludos afectuosos y muy cordiales para los miembros del Dialogo Americano, sus trabajos enviados son excelentes ya que nos permiten a los Militares Retirados estar al día con las informaciones de ultima hora. Soy Venezolano pero en verdad me da vergüenza decirlo ya que la situación Política de mi Pais, nos pone a visualizar mucho mas allá de lo que vivimos anteriormente con Gobiernos Democráticos. Aquí siempre decimos que viva la Democracia y fuera el Comunismo de Venezuela. Gracias por sus servicios de Diálogos Americano y que Dios los Bendiga, Cuiden y Protejan Siempre. The M113 armored vehicles of the Brazilian Army (EB, in Portuguese) launched one of the largest urban operations the Brazilian Armed Forces ever undertook—Operation St. Francis (Operação São Francisco), Conducted in Rio de Janeiro in 2014, its objective was to contain the violence that stemmed from drug trafficking in 15 slums. The M113 family of vehicles is among the nearly 700 U.S.-made armored vehicles the EB uses in its urban operations, border areas, and troop-training exercises. The Brazilian Navy (MB, in Portuguese), also uses those vehicles, and just like the Army, drove them through the alleyways of Rio de Janeiro in security operations to support the police. “The M113 has performed quite well in security operations in Rio de Janeiro, as it’s a vehicle that’s easier to drive and maneuver through narrow areas,” said Colonel Everton Pacheco da Silva, chief of the Armored Vehicles Division of EB’s Matériel Directorate. The M113 is an armored personnel carrier. The vehicles were developed to transport infantry and cavalry groups in armored military units. The Brazilian Armed Forces acquired the first M113 vehicles in the 1960s through a military agreement with the United States. In the 1970s, EB received donated M41 armored combat light tanks. At the start of the 21st century, a new wave of U.S.-made armored vehicles reached Brazil. Among those were 91 M60 A3 vehicles. In 2016, more than 50 vehicles of various types arrived: 34 model M577 A2 vehicles, 12 model M113 A2 vehicles, and four M88 A1 armored recovery vehicles. All were the result of a donation the U.S. government made through its Foreign Military Sales program. Along with that shipment, Brazil received two M109 A5 self-propelled howitzers. The howitzers are part of the current contract, which provides for the delivery of 40 vehicles in total. Of these, three will be exclusively dedicated to troop-training and five will have their parts and frames used for maintenance work. The United States is upgrading the 32 remaining howitzers, which should be ready by 2019. The upgraded M109 A5 will sport new vehicle navigation and fire control equipment, including GPS, accelerometers, and muzzle velocity radar and sensors—to be known as the M109 A5+ BR version. “We acquired these armored vehicles because we shifted the makeup of our armored brigades and the need arose to use more equipment,” Col. Everton said. Operations focused on the south The lot of 32 M109 A5+ BR howitzers, set to arrive in 2019, will be used in operations of the 5th Armored Cavalry and 6th Armored Infantry Brigades, which are part of EB’s Southern Military Command. More than 70 percent of continuous-track armored vehicles in EB’s fleet—including all vehicles manufactured in the United States—are deployed in military organizations in southern Brazil. However, some model M60 armored vehicles based at the Western Military Command, are frequently used in border security operations such as Operation Agate (Operação Ágata) and Operation Southern Border (Operação Fronteira Sul). According to Col. Everton, there are no continuous-track armored vehicles in the Amazon region or in northeastern Brazil as the terrain in those areas is not suitable for these units. “In the south and west, the terrain is flatter, there are better highways, and the countryside is clearer—free from obstacles that could impede transit,” he noted. Armored vehicles in the Marine Corps Within MB, the Marine Corps use continuous-track armored vehicles for its operations. In addition to the U.S.-made M113 units, Brazilian marines also use model AAV-7A1 continuous-track amphibious vehicles (CLAnf, in Portuguese). The latest vehicles arrived mid-2017. To date, two of the 23 vehicles purchased under an MB-U.S. Navy agreement were delivered. “A continuous-track amphibious vehicle is the most typical asset for a marine corps force because it can maneuver on land and at sea. That characteristic allows the Navy to project its power on land,” said Brazilian Marine Corps Major General Carlos Chagas, commander of Admiral Sylvio de Camargo Training Center, in an interview with Brazilian Ministry of Defense Television in July 2017. “That’s why this equipment is essential not only for amphibious operations but also in certain ground operations,” Maj. Gen. Chagas said. With the 23 armored vehicles due to arrive by the end of 2018, the Brazilian Marine Corps will have 49 operational CLAnf units in its fleet. The fleet will be the largest of all marine troops in South America.last_img read more


Syracuse receives 1st round bye in NCAA Tournament

first_imgTen minutes before the NCAA Tournament selection show aired, Hugo Delhommelle strolled into the air-conditioned film room in the back of the Manley Field House facility in a block Syracuse zipped sweatshirt, gazed around the empty room and stopped.“Where is everyone?” Delhommelle asked to the SU Athletics employees that manned the desktop computer where the video was streamed.“You’re the first one,” they replied.SU players followed all adorned with smiles and some held pre-practice fruit and chocolate milk. SU’s points leader Tajon Buchanan munched apple slices as SU head coach Ian McIntyre walked down the line of SU players in the third row from the screen and shook each players’ hand. He joked with Ryan Raposo and poked fun at his jeans, noting that his daughter was “concerned” when he saw him wearing the same pair a few nights earlier. Moments before the Orange learned its fate, everything was relaxed.Syracuse (7-6-4, 1-4-3 Atlantic Coast) qualified for the NCAA Tournament and received a first-round bye. The Orange will play 2 p.m. Sunday — much to the surprise of SU players and coaches — against the winner of Akron and Rider’s first-round game Thursday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments “Very surprised that we showed up so fast, but honored and humbled,” SU senior goalkeeper Hendrik Hilpert said. “But at the same time, this team is too good to be satisfied already. There is a lot of potential left in us.”Coming into the selection, Syracuse was unsure of its status. There were questions of seeding. Would they be home or away? McIntyre wondered how heavily the committee would weigh the Orange’s schedule, which Delhommelle said is “one of the toughest in the country.”The Orange came into 2018 following a season where it won no ACC games. With a 2-1 record going into its first ACC matchup with then-No. 12 Notre Dame, the Orange dropped its first ACC game of the season — the first loss of a 1-3-1 stretch for Syracuse.Across the next four games, Syracuse handled Cornell on the road but went winless in its next three matchups. A physical Virginia team kept the Orange off the conference scorecard another day and Syracuse failed to execute in a 1-1 tie to inferior Colgate. The script of the season felt all too familiar for Delhommelle, who came to the Orange last season as a transfer from Lander.Delhommelle said Syracuse was good in 2017, but in the moments that counted, the team succumbed to its own youth and inexperience. Playing in the ACC is “brutal,” McIntyre said. Nine Atlantic Coast teams qualified for the tournament, the most of any conference.“It’s grueling,” McIntyre said, “but it will prepare us for the challenges ahead.”Prior to the selection, Delhommelle said SU laid out the possibilities. Brooklyn, Rider and Colgate were all teams that could have been their potential matchup. When Akron and Rider popped on the board, much of the SU players, coaches and officials in the room slumped their backs slightly. The Orange had just come off a loss to Virginia Tech in the first round of the ACC Tournament, the end of a four-game winless skid for SU.Ally Walsh | Staff PhotographerIn a road matchup with Virginia Tech earlier in the season, Syracuse played the Hokies to two overtimes. With less than two minutes remaining in the game, the Hokies’ Nico Quashie scored a goal from point-blank range. After that, Syracuse looked to make a change.“We just decided we were done with this losing sh*t,” SU senior Jonathan Hagman said on Oct. 29.Syracuse ripped off three-straight wins. It went to Akron and dominated. It came back to play the No. 1 Demon Deacons at SU Soccer stadium and, again, dominated. A three-goal shutout win over Ohio State and two quick first-half goals against then-No. 22 Louisville cemented the Orange as a force within the ACC. In its buffer game between three-straight conference games to end the season, the Orange poured in seven goals on the Bonnies in another shutout win. Despite a winless stretch to end the season, Syracuse remained steady in the rating percentage index— they finished the year ranked 18th.Ally Walsh | Staff PhotographerSU players and coaches stopped short of thinking ahead at a potential matchup with Akron, where the Orange started its streak earlier in the season. The Orange would focus on its practice schedule ahead, starting Tuesday, when two large white vans arrive at Manley at 2:30 p.m. to bring the Orange to Skytop Field to start its preparation for whoever their opponent may be. Hilpert said the possibility of a rematch with Akron was “ironic,” and it can only give the Orange confidence. McIntyre hadn’t even thought of it.Many on SU joked back and forth prior to the start of the show, Syracuse players remained confident. They weren’t sure a bye was in their future. Hilpert said they really didn’t talk about it. But they knew they were in. Less than a minute after the first part of the bracket graced the screen in the film room, SU players erupted in cheers.A silence overtook the room as the rest of the bracket continued and McIntyre slapped his hands on the table out in front of him, rising slowly from his chair.“Alright, we’re done,” he joked. “Let’s go.”“Thanks for coming.” Published on November 12, 2018 at 1:06 pm Contact Michael: [email protected] | @MikeJMcClearylast_img read more