Brazil Studies Which Vendors Will Supply the Army’s Integrated Anti-aircraft Artillery System
By Dialogo June 03, 2011
Brazil is in the process of evaluating bids for the concession of the Brazilian Army Integrated Anti-aircraft Artillery System Project (SIAAEB), a project that aims to modernize the Brazilian Army’s anti-aircraft artillery resources, both because they have fallen behind with respect to the new technologies that exist and because of the urgency of the large events that the country is organizing, such as the next World Cup and the Olympic Games.
According to a complete report by DefesaNet, the project’s scope includes the Anti-aircraft Artillery Batteries, the Anti-aircraft Artillery Groups, and the Coast and Anti-aircraft Artillery School, including the development of military-use equipment for the Army and the national defense industry.
On 27 January 2011, a request for information (RFI) was sent to more than thirty firms, both Brazilian and foreign, that manufacture military-use anti-aircraft defense equipment, with a deadline of 30 March for submitting information to the Brazilian Defense Ministry. So, at the end of March and in the first week of April, a request for proposals (RFP) was issued to the selected firms, whose responses are to be submitted at the end of July or the beginning of August and will be analyzed during the month of August. The winners will be announced in September, and the contracts will be assigned in November, according to DefesaNet.
Even so, the SIAAEB project seeks to prepare for the international events that Brazil is organizing, the Confederations Cup in 2013, the World Cup in 2014, and the Olympic Games in 2016, as well as to modernize and update the country’s anti-aircraft artillery and cover its gaps through the acquisition of new equipment, the integration of existing platforms, and repairs of existing equipment.
Even so, the project is open, depending on the information received in response to the RFI, as well as the expected demand for activity in relation to the mentioned sports events.