Military Capabilities

Brazilian Army releases its new strategic plan

17 January 2020

A total of 1,580 VBTP-MSR Guarani vehicles are being produced in Brazil for the country’s army. Source: Victor Barreira

The Brazilian Army has recently released its strategic plan paper covering the period from 2020 to 2023. The document directs the force's investment effort over the next four years, continuing the army's transformation process.

The document covers 15 main actions and a total of 34 overall measures over a range of areas mainly comprising the acquisition of equipment including field artillery howitzers, soldier gear, small arms, unmanned ground and air vehicles (UGVs/UAVs), armoured multi-role boats, transport and attack helicopters, air surveillance radars, simulators, cruise missiles, guided rockets, utility aircraft, medium-altitude air defence systems, mortars, anti-armour weapons and 4×4 armoured vehicles;

The plan also covers the modernisation of existing hardware, including armoured vehicles and helicopters; the development of equipment together with local industry, including UGVs, simulators, ammunition, software-defined radios, and wheeled and tracked AFVs, thus contributing to the country's defence technological and industrial base; the establishment of new units and organisations and the transformation and restructuring of several existing ones; a reduction in personnel and selected activities; research activities in various areas, including electronic warfare (EW) systems, cyber capabilities, extended-range ammunition, CBRN defence, missiles, artificial intelligence, simulation, adaptive camouflage, and UAVs; healthcare improvements; and the revitalisation of existing infrastructure and the building of new infrastructure.

It also covers improvements to logistics management and information systems, as well as education, doctrine, and training systems and their facilities; the acquisition of new funding resources; restructuring of the Army Technological Center and the Manufacturing Directorate; the modernising of production at the army's arsenals; a restructuring of psychological operations; the enhancement of cyber defences; logistics improvements; the amelioration of CBRN defence and engineering capabilities; the rationalisation of military co-operation with other armies; participation in peacekeeping and humanitarian aid missions; improvements to EW, command-and-control, and IT capabilities; and an expansion of the country's border monitoring system.

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