US government authorizes possible sale of Javelin missiles to Brazil

Agência de Cooperação em Segurança da Defesa já notificou o Congresso americano sobre a aprovação do Executivo, e o Legislativo tem o poder de bloquear a venda
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency has already notified the US Congress of the Executive’s approval, and the Legislature has the power to block the sale| Photo: Wikimedia Commons

09210259The United States government announced this Tuesday (9) that it has approved the possible sale of Javelin anti-tank missiles and other types of military equipment to Brazil in the amount of US$ 64 million. The State Department has authorized this possible sale and the Defense Security Cooperation Agency has already notified Congress of the government’s approval, and the Legislature has the power to block it.

09210259The aforementioned agency, dependent on the Pentagon, explained in a statement that the sale would take place at the request of Brazil, which requested 222 Javelin missiles and

launching units of these projectiles.

The main contracting companies in this transaction are the American Raytheon and Lockheed Martin. The Pentagon emphasized that the sale “will support US international policy and national security objectives by improving the security of an important regional partner, which is an important force for political stability and economic progress in South America.”

09210259 In this sense, he indicated that this equipment will improve “the Brazilian Army’s ability to respond to future threats by increasing its anti-tank capability” and assured that the possible sale “will not alter” the basic military balance in the region.

The announcement comes at a time when the US plans to increase production of Javelin missiles, which have become a symbol of Ukraine’s resistance against Russian invasion and which Washington has been providing the Kyiv to defend itself from Russian armored vehicles.

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