Argentina relies on elderly M113s while it mulls wheeled APC choices
Three options remain on the table as Argentina looks to procure wheeled 6x6 armoured personnel carriers.
Target acquisition systems show room for improvement
User feedback and technological advances have enabled enhancements to target acquisition technology but there is the potential for even more to be done.
Colombia freezes Kfir replacement programme
Colombia may be left without a viable fighter fleet from 2023.
Chilean Navy chief targets 2030 for indigenous frigates
The Chilean Navy wants domestic industry to be capable of building frigates by 2030 but it is pushing against practical and political obstacles.
14th May 2021
Recent developments in Brazil and Colombia reflect a trend towards domestic UAV manufacturing.
23rd April 2021
A tender will open next month as the Argentine Navy seeks to buy two second-hand helicopters to enhance its Antarctic capabilities — but financial constraints remain.
14th April 2021
Ecuador and Argentina have bought or will acquire new military transport vehicles, driven by the need to provide humanitarian assistance amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
15th March 2021
The latest defence procurement plan for 2021-2023 includes only limited new programmes for the Argentine armed forces.
9th March 2021
Shipbuilder COTECMAR plays a major role in ongoing and planned Colombian naval programmes, although the fate of a plan to build up to eight new frigates remains unclear.
15th February 2021
ASMAR and Vard Marine team up to construct new Chilean transport vessels.
3rd February 2021
Shipyard ASTINAVE is expanding its facilities as it builds a new multi-purpose vessel for the Ecuadorian Navy, but the project has been hampered by COVID-related delays and its overall cost is unclear.
18th January 2021
First operational flight to Antarctic base comes after Uruguay procured two ex-Spanish Hercules aircraft.
9th December 2020
SAFE 25 vessels replace Rodman speedboats for patrol operations
8th December 2020
Two boats will supplement a fleet of fast patrol craft for counter-narcotics patrols and other missions
30th November 2020
Vessel to be delivered 12 months later than originally intended
27th November 2020
Will the arms export ambitions of an emboldened Iran converge with Maduro's plans to develop the Venezuelan defence industry?
4th November 2020
New OPVs will be joined by four logistics vessels, while upgrade work continues on four diesel-electric submarines
14th October 2020
A noticeable trend in recent years is for South Korea to transfer or donate naval vessels to South American countries
29th September 2020
Chilean state-run defence company FAMAE is close to completing its Tralcan MLRS. The domestically manufactured system will undergo a final shooting test in Q4 2020; ...
12th August 2020
In order to protect its small defence companies from the financial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Brazilian MoD and the Federation of Industries of ...
30th July 2020
Colombia has concluded the modernisation of its EMB-312 Tucano aircraft; this successful project generally puts the Colombian Air Force (FAC) in good shape as it ...
15th July 2020
Lacking hefty procurement budgets, small Central American countries are struggling to fulfil their defence equipment acquisition ambitions – and the situation is only likely to ...
5th June 2020
The Mexican Navy is unlikely to receive additional SIGMA 10514 Patrulla Oceánica de Largo Alcance (POLA) long-range ocean patrol vessels — or other ships in the ...
27th May 2020
The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic will affect future defence procurement projects in Latin America, as regional governments and militaries restructure their priorities. One of the first ...