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Corpo de Fuzileiros Navais (CFN)
Brazilian Marine Corps

Corpo de Fuzileiros Navais (CFN) The total naval strength of 64,700 in 1997 included Naval Aviation (Aviação Naval) with 1,300 members, the Marines (Corpo de Fuzileiros Navais--CFN) with 14,600 members, and only 2,000 conscripts. By the year 2011 the strength of the the Corpo de Fuzileiros Navais had increased to 15,500 members. Although it is involved in "brown-water" (riverine and coastal) operations, the navy's primary goal has been to become an effective "blue-water" navy, able to project power on the high seas. Given its "blue-water" bias, the navy is even less inclined to become involved in counterdrug operations than the army or air force.

Brazil, although coexisting peacefully in the international community, may be compelled to engage in conflicts generated externally, due to threats to their heritage and vital interests, as well as in response to commitments undertaken together with international agencies, fruit of the Brazilian desire to take an active participation in the concert of Nations in the 21st century.

The Navy of Brazil, part of the armed forces with the responsibility for ensuring the Brazilian interests at sea and on land areas important to the development of naval campaigns, is structured as a modern force of enterprises compatible with the current possibilities of the country, able to deter potential aggressors, favoring thus the search for peaceful solutions of controversies.

One of its tasks is the projection of power over Earth. For both, in addition to the naval bombardment and aeronavale da costa, you will be able to avail himself of Navy Marines into, out of landing operations, control portion of the coastline that is of interest. These operations, commonly known as Amphibious Operations, are considered by many as being the more complex implementation among all military operations. Currently the MB has professional able to perform troop, quickly and efficiently, land actions, naval character which gives it credibility on its ability projection on the Earth.

Currently two thirds of the world's population is located in a narrow strip of land nearby 300 Km of coasts. Thus, the ability to work in these areas is growing in importance, mainly for Nations wishing to participate actively in the global targets in an increasingly interdependent world.

The uncertainty of the post-cold war world value, increasingly, forces such as the Marine Corps, designed to integrate rapid intervention quotas and peacekeeping forces. Thus, the amphibious ability available to MB, based on professional troops, equipped with highly mobile, with modern means and used for training, training and organization, to the restrictions in the sea, guerr ´ pa evidences to this credibility. Today, more than ever, the existence of an amphibious troop consists of a valuable asset, whose potential largely outweigh the resources spent in its organization and maintenance. The amphibious flexibility is the greatest asset a strategic Naval power can have, how well demonstrated in the recent past and distant future.

General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) delivered the first three armored vehicles Mowag Piranha IIIC DELS-8 × 8 to Marine Corps (CFN) in September 2010. Final deliveries of vehicles fully amphibians of 18.5 tons was scheduled to December 2014.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress 31 July 2012 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Brazil for 26 Assault Amphibious Vehicles and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $233 million. The Government of Brazil has requested the possible sale of 26 Assault Amphibious Vehicles (AAVs)/Reliability, Availability and Maintainability/Rebuild to Standard (RAM/RS), with ancillary equipment, and machine guns. Also included are the upgrade of Brazil’s existing AAVs to the RAM/RS configuration, weapons and ammunition, spare and repair parts, support equipment, tools and test equipment, technical data and publications, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics support.

The proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of Brazil, which has been, and continues to be, an important force for political stability and economic progress in South America. Brazil will use this equipment to augment its current inventory of amphibious vehicles and to modernize and strengthen its naval operational amphibious capability in support of national defense objectives. Brazil will have no difficulty absorbing these vehicles into its armed forces. The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

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