Brazil is exporting weapons and military “know how” to arabs (UAE).
The United Arab Emirates and Brazil should soon sign a broad strategic agreement on Defence, including the sale of Brazilian military aircraft to the Arabs.
According to the newspaper Gulf News, Brazil will present a preliminary agreement with Emirates that form the basis for a broader negotiation between the two countries on military cooperation, equipment sales, transport aircraft and light aircraft for combat training of officers of the Emirates , exchange of observers at military exercises and the possibility of Arab investments in the Brazilian defense industry.
The newspaper informed about the visit of brazilian Defense Minister Nelson Jobim, who met with several military and political authorities of the Arab country this week.
Before leaving the country, the Brazilian minister held a news conference in the lounge of Dubai airport.
“When I return to Brazil in 15 days , I will send the basis of agreement between our countries that will serve as a project of broad agreement on cooperation in military field,” Jobim told reporters.
“We put on the table all possibilities of cooperation from the UAE side and from the Brazilian side. Those are very frank and transparent conversations,” he said.
The deal centres on the sale of the light Super Tucano turboprop aircraft and contributions to the development
of the KC-390 transport aircraft, as well as training programmes for Emirati and Brazilian officers.
Once the UAE revises the agreement, the Emiratis and Brazilians will collaborate on its specifics. Mr Jobim said he hoped the deal could be signed within two months of a draft.
Brazil is a major weapons importer. It topped the list of developing nations in arms-transfer agreements, signing deals worth US$7.2 billion (Dh26.4bn) last year, according to a recent report for the US Congress.
The deal with the UAE would represent the first significant foray for Brazil into the Gulf since the 1980s, when its defence industry suffered a major setback at the end of the Iran-Iraq War. Brazil was a major arms supplier to Saddam Hussein’s regime at the time.
A centrepiece of the deal is the KC-390, a transport plane made by the Brazilian manufacturer Embraer that can carry 21 tonnes of cargo. Its first two prototypes will be ready in 2014 or 2015, and it will be available on the market by 2018.
Brazil hopes to fill the void that will be left by the 50-year-old C-130 Hercules transport plane. Mr Jobim estimates that 1,500 of the US-made C-130s will need to be retired between 2018 and 2020.