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Defense Update LAAD 2011 Preview. Original photo by Johnson Barros

Brazil’s Growing Potential in Aerospace, Defense & Homeland Security

On its path in becoming one of the world’s largest, fastest growing economies, Brazil offers aerospace, defense and homeland security companies an attractive growth market. Brazilian enterprises are involved in all domestic programs in this field and are leveraging domestic activities in developing regional and global reach. Spurring Brazilian demand for defense and homeland security is attracting major global arms exporters, particularly the European companies that have suffered dramatic cuts in domestic orders, seeking export markets to improve their backlog. At the same time, they also face growing competition from those countries they seeking to cooperate with – Brazil, Singapore, South Africa or South Korea.

Defense Update LAAD 2011 Preview. Original photo by Johnson Barros
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Such cooperation and competition is likely to surface at LAAD 2011 – Latin America Aerospace & Defense expo is the most important trade show for the defense and security industry in the region. This bi-annual event brings the domestic Brazilian defense industry together with international companies seeking to develop their business in that region. The upcoming exhibition will be focusing on the new trends stimulating Brazil and the entire Latin American continent, highlighting the growing role of aviation, maritime and homeland security.

This eighth bi-annual edition will be focusing on the new trends highlighting Brazil and the entire Latin American continent, emphasizing the growing role of aviation, maritime and homeland security. In addition to the institutional and operational support by the Brazilian Ministry of Defense and three armed forces branches, LAAD 2011 is also supported by the national councils of the main police forces. As such, LAAD 2011 will spread over two halls – Hall 4 is devoted to aerospace and maritime security, while Hall 3 is highlighting land forces systems and homeland security, addressing federal and state law enforcement, civil security, intelligence and police. Other special focuses include the ‘Space Zone’, aligned with Brazil’s National Defense Strategy to develop advanced space capabilities, and promote domestic industry capabilities in this area. Training and simulation is another focus area, addressing evolving requirements for skill-development among military and security personnel.

Homeland security is of primary concern for Brazil. Spanning over 8.5 million square kilometers this huge nation is bordering on ten neighboring countries over 17,000 kilometers of land borders, many of which lay over sparsely inhabited areas, posing tremendous challenge for law enforcement and control. (Read our special report on Brazil’s Homeland Security Highlights)

Reports to follow in this series, prior to LAAD 2011 Expo:

  • Brazil’s Military Modernization
  • Brazil Defense Cooperation Agreements

Further regional coverage

  • Latin American Defense – Regional Overview
  • Columbia’s Military Acquisitions
  • Venezuela Military Acquisitions
  • Chile Military Acquisitions