The Minister of Defense, José Múcio Monteiro, visited on Thursday (02), Embraer’s radar factory, located in Campinas (SP). He monitored the progress of strategic projects developed by the company, in partnership with the Brazilian Army (EB), such as the production of radars capable of integrating anti-aircraft defense, ground surveillance and air traffic control systems.
According to the National Defense Policy (PND), the highest level document for planning actions aimed at the country’s defense, the National Defense Goal No. 1 establishes that it must be ensured “the defense capacity to fulfill the Armed Forces’ constitutional missions.
Capacity building – On the occasion, the minister highlighted the high capacity of the country’s manpower in strategic areas, such as defense. “Few people know or imagine the development of so many technologies, with Brazilian technicians. These are young people who are helping to build the Brazil we want,” emphasized Minister José Múcio, at the end of the visit.
During the visit, the inter-ministerial committee, which included the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Luciana Santos; and the Army Commander, General Tomás Paiva; toured the plant’s facilities. The group was welcomed by Embraer president, Francisco Gomes Neto, and by the president of Embraer Defense and Security, Bosco da Costa Junior, and watched presentations on the development of the SABER-M60, M200, S200, and SENTIR-M20 radars.
Anti-aircraft defense – The acquisition of radars of the SABER-M60 type, foreseen in the Army’s strategic planning, foresees the use of the equipment in the Land Force’s anti-aircraft artillery units, to monitor Brazilian air space. In September last year, the Air Defense system received two SABER-M60 radars. Another four are in the production phase.
The SENTIR-M20 ground surveillance radar is capable of detecting people and vehicles up to 30 kilometers away. This equipment is part of the Integrated Border Monitoring System (SISFRON) and is used in operations in the borderland strip against various crimes, such as environmental and cross-border crimes.
The SABER-S200 radar can process 600 targets simultaneously, providing data for aircraft traffic control. It has a range of 200 nautical miles and can operate in mode 4 of cryptographic identification Friend or Foe (IFF).