Naval Weapons

Brazil considers VSHORAD system for Atlantico

02 July 2019

The Brazilian Navy is considering installing three of its MBDA SIMBAD (Système Intégré de MISTRAL Bitube d'Auto-Défense) air defence systems on its PHM Atlantico (A140) multi-purpose helicopter carrier, service officials told Jane's .

The SIMBADs were formerly part of aircraft carrier NAe São Paulo (A12), which was officially decommissioned on 22 November 2018.

This potential installation of the SIMBADs will enable the navy to significantly improve the ship's self-protection capability without acquiring a costly new similar system.

The SIMBAD installation to PHM Atlantico is part of a study being run by Navy Weapon Systems Directorate, which is meant to evaluate adding several improvements to the ship.

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