Brazil donates naval simulator to Mozambique


Brazil has donated a naval manoeuvres simulator to the Mozambique Navy, which will use it for basic instruction and training.

The simulator was handed over on January 29 in Maputo. The Mozambican Defence Ministry said the simulator will help save lives and provide significant savings in the resources used in real operations.

At the handover ceremony, Brazilian ambassador Ligia Maria Scherer said the donation reflects the growing importance of the defence partnership between Mozambique and Brazil, and the deepening of cooperation in order to develop joint defence initiatives, according to AIM.

Mozambican Defence Minister Salvador M’tumuke said the equipment donated by Brazil will strengthen the combat readiness of the Mozambican navy and contribute to the ability of the armed forces (FADM) to comply with their mission of defending the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Brazil has previously donated other equipment to Mozambique and in March 2014 Brazil announced it was giving three ex-Brazilian Air Force Embraer EMB-312 Tucano trainers to Mozambique and was willing to finance the acquisition of a three Super Tucanos to boost the operational and combat capabilities of the Mozambican armed forces.

At the time, Brazilian defence minister Celso Amirom said that Brazil was also willing to help Mozambique in improving the operational capabilities of its navy by contributing towards the acquisition of a naval training simulator to expand the scope of collaboration on naval security between the two countries.

Mozambique is rebuilding its armed forces, ordering patrol vessels for its navy and a variety of aircraft for its small air force. In September 2013 it received a second hand Hawker 850XP business jet, built in 2005. In November that year it emerged that the country was acquiring two second hand Antonov An-26Bs, eight overhauled MiG-21s (six Mig-21Bis and two MiG-21UM trainers) from Romanian company Aerostar, together with an L-39 jet trainer and two Festival light aircraft.

Mozambique recently ordered another three HIS 32 interceptors from French shipyard CMN, adding to the three Ocean Eagle 43 trimaran patrol vessels, three HSI32s and 24 trawlers already ordered from the company.