Rosoboronexport is expecting to sign a contract for the delivery of Pantsir-S1 missile and artillery systems to Brazil in 2015, Rosoboronexport Deputy General Director Sergei Goreslavsky said.
"Pre-contractual negotiations regarding Pantsir systems have reached a final stage. In fact, we are coordinating technical aspects related to the Brazilian requirement of the adaptation of certain systems and the use of the complex in Brazil," Goreslavsky told reporters at the LAAD 2015 Latin American defense and security exhibition that opened in Rio de Janeiro on April 14.
As to whether the Pantsir-S1 contract may be signed this year, Goreslavsky said, "We hope that can happen but it takes two to reach an agreement."
In the words of Goreslavsky, Brazil\'s interest in Pantsir systems is not accidental as they were part of the Sochi Games security network. "Apart from purely military interests, Brazil is set to use the system in the provision of security of the Olympic Games it will host next year," he said.
A source in the Russian delegation told Interfax-AVN that Goreslavsky had met with newly appointed Brazilian Defense Minister Jaques Wagner.
"At the end of the first day of the LAAD 2015 show, Rosoboronexport Deputy General Director Sergei Goreslavsky met with Brazilian Defense Minister Mr. Silva Jaques Wagner and a representative of the Joint Staff," he said.
The meeting was dedicated to military-technological cooperation in the field of air defense, including the delivery of Pantsir-S1 missile and artillery systems to Brazil.
Pantsir-S1 is a product of the Tula-based Shipunov Instrument Design Bureau, a business unit of OJSC High Precision Weapons. The system features 30mm rapid-fire automatic guns and guided missiles and can destroy cruise missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles, planes and ground targets on a radius of 20 kilometers (15 miles) and an altitude of 15 kilometers (10 miles).
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