Brazil To Buy 34 Gepard Tanks From Germany

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  • 03:14 PM, April 12, 2013
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Brazil announced today that it will buy 34 1A2 Gepard anti-aircraft tanks from Germany to provide security at major religious and sporting events, like the upcoming World Cup.

A Defence Ministry statement said the contract would be signed in the coming days with the total value still under negotiation. 

The used, 47.5-tonne tanks, which were upgraded in 2010 and fitted with new radar systems, will be able to operate until 2030, the G1 news website quoted anti-aircraft artillery brigade chief General Marcio Roland Heise as saying. 

Eight of the armoured vehicles are to be delivered before June and will be used during World Youth Day, the Catholic youth fest that Pope Francis plans to attend in Rio in July. 

"I want all troops to be ready and trained to use this new (anti-aircraft) system at the opening and closing of the Confederations Cup and during the pope's visit to protect those who will be in stadiums," Heise said. 

The other tanks are to be delivered by 2015. 

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