KMW divulga comunicado internacional sobre assinatura de contrato de manutenção de blindados em Santa Maria02 de novembro de 2011 3
A Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) da Alemanha divulgou nesta quarta-feira um comunicado oficial, em inglês, confirmando a assinatura de contrato com o Exército Brasileiro para fazer a manutenção, pelos próximos cinco anos, dos 220 veículos blindados Leopard 1A5, comprados pelo Brasil. O blog já havia publicado essa notícia recentemente, mas agora há uma confirmação oficial. Com isso, há uma garantia para a KMW comprar um terreno em Santa Maria e construir seu prédio para fazer a manutenção dos Leopards a partir de março de 2012. O valor do contrato não foi divulgado, mas o texto da KMW afirma que é acima de 10 milhões de euros (acima de R$ 24 milhões) pelos cinco anos.
Além disso, no comunicado oficial, a KMW confirma que Santa Maria será mesmo a sede da empresa para toda a América do Sul, confirmando os planos de que a empresa pretende vender para vários países e, talvez, no futuro, montar carros blindados aqui em Santa Maria.
O Brasil também pode comprar outros 36 blindados que eram usados pelo Exército alemão na defesa antiaérea. São os Gepard, também fabricados pela KMW. Clique aqui para ver mais detalhes e um vídeo do Gepard sendo testado no Brasil.
Abaixo, o texto original enviado à imprensa mundial e aos acionistas.
Order for logistic support of the Brazilian Army
- Confirmation of KMW’s internationalization strategy
- Logistical support of more than 200 main battle tanks
Brasilia/Munich, November 2nd 2011. Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW), Europe’s market leader for armoured wheeled and tracked vehicles, and the Brazilian Army signed a comprehensive Industrial Logistic Support (ILS) contract. For a substantial two-digit million figure [Euro] KMW will provide comprehensive technical support for the main battle tanks LEOPARD 1A5 of the Brazilian Army in the next five years. The work will be conducted by the newly founded KMW subsidiary KMW do Brasil in Santa Maria (Brazil)
The signing of the contract took place with the presence of the Deputy Commander of Logistics of the Brazilian Army, General Eduardo as well as numerous other high ranking military personnel of the Army Headquarters in Brasilia.
From the LEOPARD to the Simulator – Maintenance on site
The contract comprises more than 220 LEOPARD 1A5 and further vehicles of the LEOPARD product family as well as a large number of simulators and training equipment. KMW will conduct the largest part of the assignment in close corporation with the currently established development-, assembly- and service centre for land systems, its South American subsidiary KMW do Brasil Sistemas Militares Ltda. The new subsidiary was only just founded a few months ago in Santa Maria in the South-Brazilian state Rio Grande do Sul and will act as a continental hub for KMWs undertakings in South America in the future.
The Brazilian Army ordered 220 LEOPARD 1A5 main battle tanks as well as peripheral systems from KMW. The delivery of the tanks and systems will be completed this year. The placement of order once again proves the trust put into the engineers and staff of KMW by the Brazilian Army. This trust will by substantiated by KMW through further technology transfers to Brazil in the future.
Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co. KG leads the European market for armoured wheeled and tracked vehicles. At locations in Germany, Brazil, Greece, the Netherlands, Singapore, Turkey and the USA some 3500 employees develop, manufacture and support a product portfolio ranging from air-transportable, heavily armoured wheeled vehicles (MUNGO, AMPV*, F2, DINGO, GFF4 and BOXER*) through reconnaissance, antiaircraft and artillery systems (FENNEK, GEPARD, LeFlaSys*, Armoured Howitzer 2000, DONAR* and AGM) to heavy battle tanks (LEOPARD 1 and 2), infantry fighting vehicles (PUMA*) and bridgelaying systems (LEGUAN). In addition, KMW has wide-ranging system competence in the area of civil and military simulation, as well as in command and information systems and remote-controlled weapon stations with reconnaissance and observation equipment for day and night missions. The armed forces of more than 30 nations worldwide rely on tactical systems by KMW.