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Brazil Wants To Buy Pantsir-S1 and Igla Air Defense Systems

23.09.2015 15:16

Brazil is discussing the purchase of advanced Pantsir-S1 and Igla air defense systems from Russia in the near future, the head of the Brazilian Defense Ministry's Industrial Technology Department told Sputnik Brazil on Wednesday.

"Brazil does not currently have medium-range air defense systems. We plan to fill in this gap in the very near future," Gen. Aderico Mattioli said.

When asked about a timeline delivery for the systems the general did not rule out first deliveries next year, ahead of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Mattioli says that his country adopted a Western-style defense industry model alongside the program's pros and cons. He suggested that Russia and Brazil could step up cooperation on military technology, benefiting from cooperative research.

"Our main goal is to make our defense industrial base more self-reliant, and one of the ways to do that is to enhance strategic partnership between Brazil and Russia," the military official said.

The Pantsir-S1 is a short-to-medium range surface-to-air missile system first entering service with the Russian army in 2012. Igla is a portable infrared homing surface-to-air missile defense system that can be hand-carried.