Russian weapons to Latin America

Typically, military-technical cooperation between Russia / USSR and the countries of South America was not of a mass character. The mutual distance of features and policies pursued by the superpowers eventually erupted into massive supply of weapons and military equipment manufactured in the United States. 1st harsh steps in expanding the market of arms Russian The Alliance has made in the 50's and 60's of the last century. After the overthrow of Batista's new management Island of Freedom was in a very delicate situation. Because of the danger outside the country urgently needed armament, and continue to take it at the U.S. does not have the ability because of the severe political differences. Eventually, Cuba has promoted the USSR, at the same time gaining an ally "under the nose" at a possible opponent.

Followed by an American friend of the USSR became Peru. After coming to power, HW Alvarado and his group of officers that country, like Cuba a couple of years before, decided to cooperate with the Russian Union. One of the reasons for this was to help the Soviet Union in the aftermath of the earthquake of 1969. Then the Russian pilots of the AN-22 was brought to Peru humanitarian aid and made a real splash capacity and a range of their own machines. After Peru list of friendly Russian Union of Chile had to be replenished. Already there were proper negotiations, was about to sign the first contract, but … By A. Pinochet took power, and all the plans of friendship with Chile had to be canceled. Fortunately, in 1979, ended in Nicaragua Sandinista revolution, after which the new management of the country chose not to cooperate with the United States that supported Somoza, and on the Russian Union.

You can not say that cooperation with the American countries was quite profitable for our country. For a variety of political and other circumstances often supplied weapons on specific loans, which then, in the best case, surrendered to bolshennymi delays. In addition, the foreign policy situation is sometimes sought from the Soviet Union monetary easing sides of supply and lowering prices. So Makar, in some cases our various country sustained a loss, even a reduced price for the delivered weapons. All the same, the supply were intense. Cuba, for example, to equip its armed forces only Russian arms and equipment. In second place was the volume of Peru, to buy not only a tool of Russian, and European. In the end, the military Nicaragua completed with a "shopping basket" is very complicated way, and ordered from our country to the main armor and shooting guns. After the collapse of the Soviet Union market for Russian arms in Latin America has decreased a little, but now the vast number of procurement cases were a single character, and was not allowed to make plans for the future.

Russian weapons to Latin America
Su-30 Venezuelan Air Force

Our homeland-independent couple of years could not go back to a measured supply of arms to the American countries. And again into the hands of our country were a configuration policy of one of the states. After the election of Hugo Chavez as president of Venezuela (1999), the new government was to promote the newest foreign policy. Namely, due to a number of differences Caracas fell out with Washington. Naturally, neither of which continue purchasing weapons from the U.S. after This was no talk. Of all the other options Chavez administration has chosen specifically Russian gun. So Makar, Venezuela became the first after a long break, measured "client" in the region. Already relatively long since got new Venezuelan military aircraft Su-30 and infantry fighting vehicles BMP-3, and in recent years the armed forces of Venezuela got the T-72B1V tanks, self-propelled artillery, close air defense systems, etc. In addition, the official Caracas did not once put forward proposals for the start of licensed production of certain equipment on its territory. According to reports, the true time of total contracts between Russia and Venezuela tightly closer to the bar at 10 billion dollars. Excellent Venezuelans consume oil revenues, do not say anything. At the same time, Venezuela is not inclined to give their orders in the field of arms to one manufacturer. Chavez did not want to quarrel with Europe, because often the Venezuelan military is selected European technology.

Russian weapons to Latin America
The first batch of 35 tanks of Venezuela ordered 92 machines T-72B1V arrived in Puerto Cabello, in May 2011, the second batch of tanks arrived in January 2012. Photo

In the spring of 2008 our homeland and Brazil at the initiative of the latter signed several contracts for military-technical cooperation. While the supply of Russian arms have touched only air defense systems and helicopters: multi-purpose Mi-171 and Mi-35 attack. Go with this Brazil is enthusiastic to the submarines and advanced fighters. Thus, in the current time, the Brazilian Ministry of Defense competition starts again, the purpose of which is to choose a more applicable and promising fighter for the Brazilian Air Force. There is information about the likely participation in the tender Russian Su-35s. By totality damn it, at least, no worse than the other contestants — Dassault Rafale, Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, etc. In addition, for several months, rumors about the likely cancellation of the competition and the acquisition of "dryers" directly, without comparison with other machines. At the same time, only wishes 35-40 Brazil finished fighters. The other eight 10-s it wants to collect from finished components and assemblies in-house. Willingness country aircraft manufacturer to such a contract will also affect the outcome of the tender. In case of winning Russian Su-35s, our country receive contracts worth up to 12 billion dollars. Here comes the ready, and the first batches of aircraft assembly, the creation of kits for assembly training of Brazilian professionals, etc. Entertaining the fact that in most Brazilian plans for purchases of arms and military equipment listed assembly on its territory. Apparently, this American country wants to use someone else's experience and foreign operating time in order to eventually build its own defense industry capable of making world-class technology.

Russian weapons to Latin America

In the Russian Federation there are severe agreement with Brazil and Venezuela. With other countries in the region the situation is worse. For example, questionable cooperation with Mexico. Air Force of this country is
far not the most best by modern standards, a technique that asks early substitution. At the disposal of the Mexican military in the current time, there are a number of 10-s another Russian helicopter production. However, they were not delivered directly, but purchased from a third country in used condition. The financial situation does not allow Mexico is rapidly upgrade equipment fleet and for this reason it is unlikely to expect large orders for Mi-171, which is fully capable to change an old second-hand Mi-8.

Few things are better with the prospects of Russian cooperation with Argentina. Official Buenos Aires has long glances in the direction of Russian air defense and helicopters. Yet, while the real orders is limited to six multipurpose helicopters Mi-171. In the future, the Argentine military can order a larger quantity of the same helicopters. In addition, Argentina has not once evinced the intention to acquire a certain amount of anti-aircraft missile systems "Thor" and missile-gun "Armour". Regarding plans for the purchase of fighter jets or other aircraft types as long as there is no disk imaging.

Russian weapons to Latin America

Cooperation with Latin America has its own specifics. Apart from a few developing countries, the region as a whole rich. Because of American States hardly worth waiting for harsh applications for contracts. Even the military-technical cooperation with Venezuela will not have currency equivalent of more than half a billion dollars a year, and about other countries can not even read. At the same time, the small volume of orders at the theoretical level may be reimbursed a good number of them. Historically, that the armies of most countries in South America in the main equipped weapons manufactured in the USA. The rest is in the middle of Washington's increasing impact on small countries. Those of them who do not want a very good contact with one state, choose the weapons and equipment made by other states. By totality property prices and Russian weapons are often better zabugornyh that turns into new orders. In the end, supply weapons directly affect the image of our country in the region. Not the bad "bonus" to the money.

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