Brazil and Peru Sign Cooperation Agreements for Military Technology
By Dialogo February 17, 2012
Brazil and Peru will amplify their technological cooperation in the aerospace and naval sectors. The countries’ Defense Ministers, Celso Amorim from Brazil, and Juan Alberto Otárola from Peru, met on February 14 in Brasilia to discuss the issue. The meeting concluded with the signature of two memoranda to establish a partnership between companies from both countries for the development of industrial programs.
“We talked about a broad technological partnership in the aerospace and naval sectors of our two countries,” highlighted Minister Celso Amorim. “Brazil and Peru deepened their long-time strategic alliance within the framework established by [Brazilian] President Dilma Rousseff and [Peruvian] President Ollanta Humala,” he concluded.
After signing the agreements, the Peruvian delegation visited the Annapolis Air Base in the state of Goiás, to see the AT-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft, the E-99 early alert aircraft (equipped with aerial surveillance systems) and the R-99 (remote sensing aircraft), all manufactured by Brazilian Embraer. The Brazilian Air Force also made a modernized T-27 Tucano training aircraft available. Peru operates a fleet of these attack aircraft in their fight against narcotrafficking and during anti-guerrilla operations.
According to the memorandum of aerial cooperation, the Peruvian Air Force’s Maintenance Service will be responsible for the final modernization of the remaining fleet of Tucanos, and will receive equipment and technology from Embraer to manufacture the structural components of the aircraft.
During the meeting, the Peruvian delegation showed interest in the joint development of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), an area in which Brazil is already developing projects.
At the conclusion of the meeting, Brazilian Minister Amorim announced that the Peruvian Air Force is considering purchasing ten Super Tucano aircraft.
The second memorandum of cooperation signed by Brazil and Peru deals with the exchange of technology in the naval construction sector. In Central and South America and the Caribbean, only Brazil has the technological capacity to cut and solder submarine helmets, the so-called half-life cuts, which facilitate the maintenance work of motors and the introduction of modern equipment in the units.
Peru owns six class IKL 209-1200 submarines, which it plans to update. Through its Managerial Company of Naval Projects (Emgepron), Brazil would give this technology to the Industrial Services conglomerate of the Peruvian Navy (Sima), located in the city of Callao.
At the meeting, both South American countries also highlighted the need for creating a bi-national border commission to fight transnational crime.
Both Brazil and Peru already have similar withstanding agreements with Colombia, with whom they soon plan to hold a meeting at the triple frontier, the area located in Tabatinga, Amazonas state.
The continuity in the exchange of information obtained by the Amazon Protection System with a network of Peruvian radars was also hailed during the meeting.