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Brazil Spending US$ 160 Million for Nuclear Sub to Protect Oil Fields

Brazilian nuclear sub The Brazilian government should spend US$ 160 million by the end of next year on the development of a nuclear-powered submersible to protect the oil reserves found recently off its coast, said Brazil's Defense minister Nelson Jobim on Friday. The vessel, which officials hope to be complete by 2020, would be the first nuclear-powered submarine in Latin America and is being developed with Brazilian technology and lately French assistance.

Brazil does not have nuclear weapons. The submarine is the highlight of the Brazil's new defense plan, which is to be made public on September 7, Independence Day.

Brazil is believed to have earmarked US$ 3.5 billion by the end of 2010 to upgrade its weapon systems, according to reports in the local media.

Speaking in Rio de Janeiro, Jobim said the upgrade includes provisions for a massive technology transfer from France, essential if Brazil hopes to have a nuclear submarine.

In February, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said France would transfer technology to Brazil for construction of the diesel-powered Scorpene attack submarine. It will serve as a model for a nuclear sub, Brazilian officials have said.

Brazil has discussed building a nuclear submarine for decades, and began a formal program in 1979. However with the return of democracy in 1985 plans were delayed and ultimately shelved and only last year Brazilian President, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, announced US$ 540 million in new funding for the program and for existing uranium enrichment efforts.

The nation has five conventionally powered submarines and is expected to incorporate several of the Scorpene class submarines in the near future. Chile is the other South American country which has two Scorpene submarines delivered two years ago.

Brazil has been discussing defense policy and revamping its armed forces capabilities on mounting worries about protecting the recently discovered massive off-shore oil reserves and the resources rich Amazon.

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  • João da Silva

    Ch.c
    [quote]Let me give you a story, real, that you may or may not know :
    in 2005 France declared the “Brazilian Year”
    Festivities around the whole country. [/quote]

    Sure I vaguely remember it!!!

    [quote]this reminds me my own statements here a few times “with an idiot, just tell him how great HE is” and immerge in his cheating to get him harder that he wanted to cheat you !

    More simple there is not. It works 100 % of the time !
    [/quote]

    De acordo, as we say in Brazil. It does work. You must be a Scorpio. 😉 😀

  • ch.c.

    Joao
    I didnt not know for your last President but you told me for Minc !
    😀 😉 😀 😉 😀 😉 😀 😉

    Let me give you a story, real, that you may or may not know :
    in 2005 France declared the “Brazilian Year”
    Festivities around the whole country.
    On July 14, 2005, the Bastille day in France, Silva (the President ;-)) made the trip to meet Chirac in Paris and was the Honored Guest.
    Lula was with Chirac in the Eiffel Tower to watch the fireworks
    Of course all the diplomatics compliments from both in all French medias ! Normal.
    in those diplomatics talks of course agriculture was also the subject. Chirac said of course a solution will be found in the negotiations at the WTO !

    Welll a year later, it was of course France who threatened to vetoe the negotiations at the WTO.
    Chirac even said “Mandelson has not been given a mandate to go as far as he went”

    this reminds me my own statements here a few times “with an idiot, just tell him how great HE is” and immerge in his cheating to get him harder that he wanted to cheat you !

    More simple there is not. It works 100 % of the time !

    😀 😉 😀 😉 😀 😉

  • João da Silva

    Ch.c
    [quote]Hmmmmmm I hardly see Brazil fingering pointing France [/quote]

    That is because many politicians who have been occupying important posts in the government after the Military gave up power were “self exiled” in France for many years and consequently the French have lot of influence here.Have you forgotten that our last President was also an “exile” in France and went to SORBONNE. 😉 😉 😀

  • ch.c.

    Furthermore…..
    The article states “The nation has five conventionally powered submarines “

    But what the cheaters and liars at your Brazilian Defense Ministry voluntary omitted on purpose to admit is :

    Of the Navy’s 5 submarines, only one is fully operational, two others operate with restrictions

    sources : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_of_Brazil

    FULL OF BS the Brazilian liars
    You are a bunch of pretentious idiots !!!!!!

    LAUGH….LAUGH…LAUGH…LAUGH !!!!!!

  • ch.c.

    The country deciding to invade Brazil has enough time :
    The vessel, which officials hope to be complete by 2020 !

    And we all know what means “hope” when Brazilian government official pronounce that magical word !!!!!

    And will ONE submarine be enough ?????????

    To Jay : your “I hope Brazil can afford all the import tarifs on the materials.”
    Well France already sells its helicopter technology to Brazil, newer helicopters models also will use France techno, also its metro technology to SP. Shortly it will be its submarine technology.
    What do you think that means ? In my view it is also telling that France will never ever allow the EU to negotitate too much in agriculture at the WTO !
    France is by far the biggest beneficiary of the EU agricultural subsidizes, and is the one against giiving up what Bin the Crook request !

    Hmmmmmm I hardly see Brazil fingering pointing France !

  • Bam-Bam

    Protect them from who?!?!?!?! Argentina?!?! USA?!?!?!?
    Brazil hasn’t pulled one drop out of this area yet! But they wanna buy subs to protect it 😀 😛 😉 😛 😮

  • JAY GLENN

    In February, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said France would transfer technology to Brazil for construction of the diesel-powered Scorpene attack submarine. It will serve as a model for a nuclear sub, Brazilian officials have said.

    France also sold technology to IRAQ AND IRAN.

    I takes years to design a nuk sub and several more years to build one. I hope Brazil can afford all the import tarifs on the materials.
    Oh thats right only the people of Brazil pays tarafs.

  • forrest allen brown

    protect from who???????
    is one to beleive that some country will just move a drilling

    rig off the coast of brazil and start drilling and taking oil on board a ship to haul it

    home or sell off the another country !!!!

    use the money to protect the amazon

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