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Brazil to expand its border monitoring system

06 February 2020
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The Marruá Rec vehicle, armed with 7.62×51 mm MAG 58 machine gun, is largely used within the SISFRON system to patrol Brazil’s land border. Source: Victor Barreira

The Brazilian Army is to expand its ambitious and complex Integrated Border Control System (SISFRON) starting in 2021, the service told Jane's on 3 February.

The measure, which is the second phase of the so-called 'Army Strategic Program SISFRON' (Prg EE SISFRON), will see equipment and infrastructure delivered to units in the area of responsibility of the 13th Motorized Infantry Brigade, headquartered in Cuiabá in Mato Grosso state, and of the 18th Border Infantry Brigade, headquartered in Corumbá in Mato Grosso do Sul. These states border Bolivia and Paraguay respectively.

The project is part of the country's 'Army Strategic Plan 2020-2023', which was recently approved.

Prg EE SISFRON, worth BRL11.9 billion (USD2.8 billion), was designed to enhance the presence of the state along the country's 16,886 km-long land border.

Embraer's Savis Tecnologia e Sistemas was awarded the contract to implement the pilot project of the SISFRON system in November 2012 for BRL839 million to enable the 4th Mechanized Cavalry Brigade, headquartered in Dourados in Mato Grosso do Sul, to monitor a 650 km-long and 150 km-wide strip of territory adjoining Paraguay. Its implementation is scheduled to be completed in late 2021, according to the army.

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