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Brazil: Advanced weaponry for land, sea and air on show at LAAD01:19

Brazil: Advanced weaponry for land, sea and air on show at LAAD

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro
April 10, 2013 at 19:25 GMT +00:00 · Published

Brazil: Advanced weaponry for land, sea and air on show at LAAD

The 2013 Defence and Security International Exhibition (LAAD) kicked off in Rio De Janeiro on Tuesday, marking its ninth year as the leading trade exhibition for the sector in Latin America.

Some of the weapons and defence systems presented at LAAD included General Dynamics Amphibian M3 bridging rig, the Brazilian Army's AH-2 Sabre helicopter, Rostec helicopters and Russian Roscosmos satellites.

At 26 tonnes, a maximum road speed of 80km/h and priced at around $3.5m (€2.6m), the M3 Amphibious Rig is a self-propelled amphibious bridging vehicle that is used for the transfer of tanks and other vehicles across water. An upgraded version, currently named the M3G, is in service with the Singapore armies.

The AH-2 Sabre is the Brazilian Armed Forces' main tactical helicopter, manufactured by the Mil Moscow helicopter plant under the Mi-35M4 'Hind' model name. The chopper mounts a 23mm internal gun that can be aimed by tracking the pilot's or gunner's head. A wide variety of air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles, rockets and other weapons can be carried by the Sabre.

Also on show were smaller-scale infantry weapons, including the Italian-made Barrett ARX-160 infantry rifle and US Remington Model 700 rifle. The ARX-160 is in use by the Italian army and Mexican federal police force, as well as in contention to replace the US army's M4 carbine rifle.

The LAAD expo expects about 30,000 visitors and over 720 companies from 60 countries. The biennial event brings together and showcases Brazilian and international companies specialised in supplying equipment, services and technology to armed forces, police and special forces as well as private security contractors and government agencies.

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Brazil: Advanced weaponry for land, sea and air on show at LAAD

The 2013 Defence and Security International Exhibition (LAAD) kicked off in Rio De Janeiro on Tuesday, marking its ninth year as the leading trade exhibition for the sector in Latin America.

Some of the weapons and defence systems presented at LAAD included General Dynamics Amphibian M3 bridging rig, the Brazilian Army's AH-2 Sabre helicopter, Rostec helicopters and Russian Roscosmos satellites.

At 26 tonnes, a maximum road speed of 80km/h and priced at around $3.5m (€2.6m), the M3 Amphibious Rig is a self-propelled amphibious bridging vehicle that is used for the transfer of tanks and other vehicles across water. An upgraded version, currently named the M3G, is in service with the Singapore armies.

The AH-2 Sabre is the Brazilian Armed Forces' main tactical helicopter, manufactured by the Mil Moscow helicopter plant under the Mi-35M4 'Hind' model name. The chopper mounts a 23mm internal gun that can be aimed by tracking the pilot's or gunner's head. A wide variety of air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles, rockets and other weapons can be carried by the Sabre.

Also on show were smaller-scale infantry weapons, including the Italian-made Barrett ARX-160 infantry rifle and US Remington Model 700 rifle. The ARX-160 is in use by the Italian army and Mexican federal police force, as well as in contention to replace the US army's M4 carbine rifle.

The LAAD expo expects about 30,000 visitors and over 720 companies from 60 countries. The biennial event brings together and showcases Brazilian and international companies specialised in supplying equipment, services and technology to armed forces, police and special forces as well as private security contractors and government agencies.