Brazilian Defense Industry Analysis and 2019 Forecasts adds report “Future of the Brazilian Defense Industry – Market Attractiveness, Competitive Landscape and Forecasts to 2019” to its store.


This report is the result of SDI’s extensive market and company research covering the Brazilian defense industry, and provides detailed analysis of both historic and forecast defense industry values including key growth stimulators, analysis of the leading companies in the industry, and key news.

Introduction and Landscape

Why was the report written?

The Future of the Brazilian Defense Industry – Market Attractiveness, Competitive Landscape, and Forecasts to 2019 offers the reader an insight into the market opportunities and entry strategies adopted by foreign original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to gain market share in the Brazilian defense industry.

What is the current market landscape and what is changing?

Brazil which is the largest defense spender in Latin America is projected to spend US$190 billion on its armed forces during the forecast period. Defense expenditure registered a negative CAGR of -2.58% during the review period, primarily due to the recent fiscal budget cuts in 2013 as the Government aims to reduce the inflation. However, it is anticipated to record a CAGR of 7.82% during the forecast period driven primarily by  aggressive procurement of naval vessels, the border monitoring program- SISFRON (Sistema Integrado de Monitoramento de Fronteiras) and SISGAAZ (Sistema de Gerenciamento da Amazônia Azul) to be implemented during the forecast period. The Brazilian defense industry is expected to focus its expenditure on the FX-2 program, nuclear-powered attack submarines (SSN), aircraft carriers, transport helicopters and also modernizing its armored vehicles.

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What are the key drivers behind recent market changes?

Modernization of defense systems, development of indigenous defense capabilities, and large defense procurement projects expected to drive the Brazilian defense expenditure

What makes this report unique and essential to read?

The Future of the Brazilian Defense Industry – Market Attractiveness, Competitive Landscape, and Forecasts to 2019 provides detailed analysis of the current industry size and growth expectations from 2015 to 2019, including highlights of key growth stimulators. It also benchmarks the industry against key global markets and provides a detailed understanding of emerging opportunities in specific areas.

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Key Features and Benefits

  • The report provides detailed analysis of the current industry size and growth expectations from 2015 to 2019, including highlights of key growth stimulators, and also benchmarks the industry against key global markets and provides a detailed understanding of emerging opportunities in specific areas.
  • The report includes trend analysis of imports and exports, together with their implications and impact on the Brazilian defense industry.
  • The report covers five forces analysis to identify various power centers in the industry and how these are expected to develop in the future.
  • The report allows readers to identify possible ways to enter the market, together with detailed descriptions of how existing companies have entered the market, including key contracts, alliances, and strategic initiatives.
  • The report helps the reader to understand the competitive landscape of the defense industry in Brazil. It provides an overview of key defense companies, both domestic and foreign, together with insights such as key alliances, strategic initiatives, and a brief financial analysis.

Key Market Issues

  • Brazil has a strict offset obligation for defense deals, equivalent to 100% of the contract value. This has proved a challenge for those foreign OEMs whose government has a policy of limited technology transfer, including the US-based company Boeing. Moreover, Brazil’s offset policy requires that defense contracts use domestic companies for the manufacture and assembly of defense systems. A number of foreign OEMs have agreed to such offset requirements due to the availability of inexpensive labor and raw materials in the country. However, a significant portion of these companies are reluctant to share proprietary information with Brazil, and often fail to supply defense systems to the country as a consequence. These rigorous requirements by Brazil often delay the approval of defense deals.
  • A significant challenge faced by defense suppliers to Brazil is the time taken by the Ministry of Defense to ratify defense deals. As defense procurements occur through competitive bidding, competing companies must undergo technical compliance checks, after which the ministry enters a lengthy negotiation process with bidders, designed to secure the maximum technology transfer at the lowest price. Although the armed forces are in charge of conducting trials on shortlisted equipment and forwarding their recommendations to the Ministry of Defense (MoD) who perform the final financial negotiations with the concerned seller.

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Key Highlights

  • The Brazilian MoD is increasing efforts to replace its aging military systems and equipment acquired during the Soviet era. The country is expanding its naval fleet to increase regional maritime security by procuring Amazonas Class Ocean Patrol Vessels from UK and France. Further in an agreement signed with France in 2008, Brazil  jointly manufacturing four Scorpene attack submarines, anticipated to enter service in 2017 along with a nuclear-powered submarine to be commissioned in 2023.Additionally in 2013, the Brazilian Air Force has chosen Saab’s Gripen over other prospects which included Dassault’s Rafale jet and Boeing’s F/A 18 Super Hornet under a US$4.5 billion to provide 36 fighter jets by 2020.The country’s defense ministry is also currently in the process of strengthening its military ties with Russia, having initiated a US$1 billion planned procurement of anti-aircraft missile batteries. The country also plans to replace its domestically manufactured Urutu armored personnel carriers with 2,044 units of Italian-made Iveco Vehicles, in a deal worth US$3.5 billion. Such major projects are set to fuel strong growth in the industry during the forecast period, as the government procures a large amount of military hardware.
  • Brazil’s ambitious international sporting events are anticipated to boost the country’s spending on the homeland security during the forecast period. Millions of spectators are expected to attend the 2014 Football World Cup and 2016 Olympics, which will take place in Brazil and will require additional security. The country has invested significantly in command and control centers, training, and security equipment such as mobile police stations, boats, cameras, anti-bomb systems, video-walls, radio communications, media intelligence monitoring, video-monitoring and cyber security software.
  • Brazil largely relies on imports to modernize its ageing aircraft fleet, and has allocated significant funds for procurement under of the fourth-generation FX-2 program fighters. Brazilian aircraft imports account for almost 46% of its total arms procurements, and involves the import of advanced fighter jets and components for the manufacture of indigenous aircraft systems such as helicopters and cargo aircraft. In December 2013, a contract worth US$ 4 billion has been signed with Saab to procure 36 Gripen fighter aircrafts. Further during the forecast period, the development of domestically manufactured air transport and refueling aircraft KC-390 is expected to import engine and navigation system from foreign manufacturers. The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) has contracted with International Aero Engines (IAE) to supply V2500-E5 engine power plants for the KC-390 transport aircraft.

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