Syrian rebels have told AFP that they have started receiving an untold quantity of unknown weapons from an unnamed source, though they did say sophisticated anti-aircraft weapons were among this first shipment, with more to come. The EU embargo was lifted only 3 weeks ago which seems short for the supplier to be European. There are rumors the weapons were from Libya.
As 2011 came to a close, Brazil’s buy of 3 in-stock Offshore Patrol Vessels from BAE, with an option to license-build 5 more, had the potential to cast wide ripples.
Brazil has very extensive coastal responsibilities, a sizable Marine Corps, and a Navy whose frigates are either British designs, or former British ships. That navy is set to expand and modernize, as Brazil moves to protect key assets like its deep-water oil production, but British shipbuilders will face stiff competition. Other key Brazilian suppliers like France’s DCNS will be bidding, alongside naval shipbuilders around the world. The Amazonas Class OPV purchase is certainly another piece of the naval puzzle for Brazil, alongside its future submarines. Is it also another piece of the puzzle for BAE?