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LAAD 2017: ASTROS artillery stays on target

7th April 2017 - 12:46 GMT | by Tim Fish in Rio de Janeiro

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Brazil's rocket artillery modernisation and acquisition programme remains on track to meet its full entry into service in 2020.

Jose Julio Dias Barreto, the ASTROS 2020 programme manager told Shephard that it was unaffected by the recent budget issues. He explained further that the Brazilian contractor Avibras has delivered 18 of 38 modernised Mk3M launch vehicles (AV-LMU) and 21 of 50 new Mk6 launchers.

Under the programme, the Brazilian Army will receive a second rocket artillery battalion in 2020 (16th battalion) which will join the existing 6th battalion and they will also be equipped to fire the TM-300 missile and

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Tim Fish is a special correspondent for Shephard Media. Formerly the editor of Land Warfare …

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