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Brazil orders man-portable missiles from Sweden

March 3, 2014 at 3:20 PM   |   Comments

LINKOPING, Sweden, March 3 (UPI) -- The Brazilian Army has signed a procurement contract with Saab of Sweden for an undisclosed number RBS 70 air defense systems.

The contract is worth about $12.4 million, Saab announced, with deliveries beginning this year.

In addition to RBS 70 VSHORAD (very short range air defense system) man-portable missiles and launchers, the award also covers associated equipment, such as simulators, night vision equipment, a test set, maintenance tools and spares.

"This is very positive and it further proves the capability of the RBS 70 system which, by this contract, has been acquired by 19 countries located on all five continents," said Gorgen Johansson, head of Saab's Dynamics business area. "The system's unique capabilities, reliability and very low lifecycle cost are highly appreciated by all users in different exacting environments."

Brazil intends to use the system to help provide security during this year's FIFA World Cup soccer games and the Summer Olympics in 2016.

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