– National Interest – History may yet call on Brazil to play its part in South Atlantic or hemispheric defense.
– CIMSEC – On 14 February, the Brazilian Navy announced that it will suspend the modernization of carrier NAe Sao Paulo (A12) and commence its demobilization and subsequent decommissioning. Oddly, the news is simultaneously surprising and unsurprising at the same time. The Brazilian Navy regarded the extension of the carrier’s operational life as one of its priorities, however, ongoing technical difficulties and rising costs have made it more feasible to get rid of it than to extend its service life. As Brazil is the only Latin American country that possesses an aircraft carrier, its decommissioning must be properly discussed in terms of regional geopolitics.
– CIMSEC – In spite of Brazil’s political crisis, the Brazilian Navy has continued with its ambitious project of domestically constructing a new fleet of submarines, including a nuclear-powered platform. The first Scorpène-class submarine is expected to be launched in 2018, an important development though a couple of years behind schedule. However, the question remains: does Brazil require today, or will it require in the foreseeable future, an advanced submarine fleet?
– Aviation Week – Two Swedish delegations have recently visited the Brazilian aircraft carrier Sao Paulo in support of plans to develop a naval version of the JAS 39E/F Gripen fighter.
US Naval Institute Proceedings – Why Does Brazil Need Nuclear Submarines?
Brazil’s developing nuclear program shows its increasing global prominence.
Defense Technology International – Brazil will spend $160 million by the end of 2009 to develop a nuclear-powered submarine aimed at protecting oil reserves found recently off the Brazilian coast, the defense ministry announced on August 29. It hopes the sub wil be completed by 2020.