Brazilian Air Force Prepares for the 2014 World Cup
By Dialogo September 19, 2012
On September 17, in the Northern region of Brazil, the Navy, the Army, and the Air Force started Operation Amazon. Under the supervision of the Ministry of Defense, the three Forces train together for the aerial defense. These maneuvers aim to develop the logistic process and military communications, as well as strengthen operational doctrine, which are vital for the Armed Forces.
During the operation, the Brazilian Air Force is testing a new command and control format. The aerial command is located in Manaus, while the center responsible for the execution of the missions is in Rio de Janeiro, over 2,485 miles away. “Our goal is to use the new process during large events, such as the Confederation Cup and the World Cup”, states the Air Force Commander for the Operation Amazon, Lieutenant General Antonio Carlos Egito do Amaral.
According to the Lt. Gen., the system will allow each host city to have a decentralized aerial center of operations during the games. In the operation, for instance, there will be a strategic simulated attack involving A-1 and F-5M fighters, control aircrafts, alarm and in-flight refueling. “In the new system, the guidelines for action come from the command, in Manaus. The planning is executed in Rio de Janeiro and the airplanes take off to the mission from various parts of the country, like Anapolis, Porto Velho, and Manaus, toward a simulated target”, explains the commander.
The general officer is in the capital city of the State of Amazonas with the military members who are taking part in the joint training. The aerial command center is located in CINDACTA IV (Forth Integrated Aerial Defense and Aerial Traffic Control Center). The area of scope for Operation Amazon includes the states of Acre, Rondonia, Para, and Amazonas.
The Brazilian Air Force is mobilizing, both direct and indirectly, almost 6 thousand military members from 16 squadrons and other 12 units from different parts of the country. In total, 36 aircrafts are participating in Operation Amazon, including helicopters, reconnaissance, fighters, transportation and refueling airplanes.
Since 2002, this is the 10th exercise of such caliber in the Amazon, with the goal of improving collaboration of all military forces to act in a coordinated and efficient manner to defend this region.