Avibras' recovery plan was approved by the Judiciary on Monday, February 19. The next step is for it to be published in the Diário Oficial do Estado (DOE). From there, the execution of the plan and the deadlines within the scope of the company's Judicial Recovery process will begin.
This is an important moment in the company's economic and financial restructuring process, which will give the company new prospects, including obtaining credit from financial institutions and development organizations.
We know that we have a long job ahead of us in implementing our plan, but we remain firm and confident in a new journey for the company.
We acknowledge and thank all our employees and their families, partners and customers for their support throughout Avibras' recovery process.
Avibras Indústria Aeroespacial and Milanion NTGS have joined forces to develop and manufacture advanced defence equipment, offering important capabilities and innovative solutions to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the region. The two companies participate together in the World Defence Show 2024 (WDS 2024), a specialized defence exhibition in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, from February 4th to 8th, in Hall 1, stand F5.
The partnership also aims to contribute to Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030 program by offering high value-added defence systems and services that meet the needs and requirements of the Saudi Armed Forces.
Aware of the new demands of the global defence and security market, both Milanion NTGS and Avibras will showcase consolidated products and cutting-edge technologies at the exhibition, with Avibras showcasing its reformulated portfolio.
In addition to the ASTROS II MK6 (Rocket and Missile Artillery System), a world reference in its class and proven in combat, Avibras will also showcase the Tactical Cruise Missile (TCM) capable of neutralising targets up to 300 km; the new ASTROS AFC (Autonomous Firing Calculation), a version that offers excellent cost benefit, can be operated alone or in sections, has greater firepower and the ability to calculate firing elements, to fire and scoot ("Shoot & Scoot"); the C4 ISTAR, which is based on Avibras' decades of experience in the ASTROS Command and Control System, and has the interfaces for integrating the Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Search and Reconnaissance functions and their respective connection with higher echelon Command and Control Systems; and the ASTROS III, a new generation of launchers with multiplied firepower, capable of firing ballistic and guided rockets, as well as ballistic missiles and long range tactical cruise missiles.
With its participation in the World Defence Show, Avibras is strengthening its partnership with Milanion NTGS, an integrated technology and engineering company that serves the global defence and security sectors, with the aim of boosting cutting-edge technological knowledge in Brazil and abroad.
Avibras is a Brazilian technology and innovation company with unique industrial capacity and recognised worldwide for the excellence and quality of its products, systems and engineering solutions in the areas of Aeronautics, Space, Electronics, Vehicles and Defence.
With more than 60 years of operations and certified as a Strategic Defence Company (EED), Avibras has consolidated its position as one of the world's leading companies in the Defence and Aerospace segment, with the development and manufacture of special vehicles for military purposes, becoming a benchmark in the Multiple Rocket Launcher System (MRLS), ballistic and guided rockets, missiles and pioneering participation in space research programmes.
Known as a company that has "Competence to build Competence", Avibras is a System House and offers customised technological solutions to its customers, highlighting real diversification and spin-off opportunities in Defence, Space and Complex Systems Integration.
Headquartered in São José dos Campos, in Vale do Paraíba, the company is a pioneer in its own innovative and independent technology and operates from extensive facilities in Jacareí and Lorena. Its workforce is made up of highly qualified engineers, researchers and technicians capable of providing solutions for the most varied segments.
About Milanion NTGS
Milanion NTGS is an integrated technology and engineering company that serves the global defence and security sectors. Headquartered out of the UK, with R&D, engineering and manufacturing facilities in Spain and the UAE, the company designs, manufactures, delivers and supports advanced, multi-platform, mobile mortar systems and ammunition that are combat-proven and used by international customers.
Milanion NTGS was launched as a new and independent joint venture business between UK-based Milanion Technologies and Spanish defence firm, New Technologies Global Systems (NTGS).
Milanion NTGS draw on both companies recognised market leadership, expertise, and experience in their respective areas of focus. Milanion in the design, development and manufacture of advanced autonomous technology systems and platforms, combined with NTGS’s rich technological and engineering heritage in the design, manufacturing, and maintenance of complex battle systems, including special vehicles and armament systems.
It was published this month in the Diário Oficial da União a regulation that authorizes Avibras to continue acting as a Cataloguing Unit for another two years.
The recertification as a leading UniCat in the Brazilian Defence Industrial Base (BID) is the result of an assessment carried out in November last year by the Defence Logistics Systems Support Centre (CASLODE), an agency of the Ministry of Defence.
At the time, the military delegation observed on site Avibras' excellence in providing this service (photo), with emphasis on the cataloguing processes, which are organised and structured, making Avibras a benchmark in this segment in Brazil and worldwide.
Avibras is the first private industry in Brazil to have the right to act as a UniCat with the Ministry of Defence, reinforcing its pioneering spirit and expertise in this area. UniCats are entities authorized to provide cataloguing services for supply items used by or of interest to the Armed Forces.
The company has been carrying out and selling the service since 2016. Cataloguing consists of collecting technical data to establish the identification of items and their ordering in the form of a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) catalogue, providing international visibility for products and prominence in the export scenario, as well as economic and operational benefits in the logistics area.
It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Mr Augusto Coimbra, Captain R/1, on Thursday, January 18. Commander Coimbra, as he was known to all, served as Vice-President Director of Avibras Naval from 1996 to 2020, contributing hard to the development of our company.
He also shared his rich experiences and achievements with us, as well as his valuable knowledge. He also played a key role in Avibras' participation in the Brazilian Navy's strategic projects, including the acquisition of the ASTROS MK6 for the Marine Corps (CFN).
We express our condolences to his family, friends and colleagues who had the opportunity to work with this excellent professional.
Avibras attended the ceremony for the change of command of the Army Artillery Command at Forte Santa Bárbara, located in Formosa, Goiás, on Friday, January 19. Brigadier General Moisés da Paixão Júnior handed over the command to Brigadier General Erb Lyra Leal. The company was represented by the Institutional Relations advisor in Brasilia, Paulo Henrique Gabriel, Col R/1.
Avibras praises the excellent work carried out by General Paixão and the partnership throughout his time at the Army Artillery Command, wishing him every success in his new journey. The company also welcomes General Erb, reinforcing its support and partnership with the new Commander in his activities. The company wishes General Erb every success in his new career, which is sure to be full of achievements.
Avibras is proud to boost the deterrence capacity of Brazil's artillery with the ASTROS System. Conceived and developed by Avibras, the ASTROS System contributes to the evolution and consolidation of the Missile and Rocket Artillery, representing a technological leap in capacity, efficiency and effectiveness in fire support for the Ground Force. It also reinforces the Army's contribution to achieving the strategic objective of Extraregional Deterrence, as well as creating and maintaining highly specialised jobs, generating income and bringing in foreign currency for Brazil through exports to friendly countries.
* Institutional Relations advisor in Brasilia, Paulo Henrique Gabriel, Col R/1 with Brigadier General Erb Lyra Leal, new commander of the Army Artillery. On the right, Paulo Gabriel with Brigadier General Moisés da Paixão Júnior, who handed over command to General Erb
* ASTROS vehicles highlighted at handover ceremony
It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Mr Roberto Guimarães de Carvalho, a Reserve Army Colonel and former military artillery advisor at Avibras, on Saturday 23 December.
Colonel Carvalho was an exemplary professional, an Avibras enthusiast and played a fundamental role in our company in the 1980s with the structuring of the operational functionalities of the ASTROS Missile and Rocket Artillery System, which is still among the best in the world today.
We express our condolences to his family, friends and colleagues who shared significant moments with him during his time with us.
In relation to the report published this Wednesday, 12/13/23, on the Caiafa Master YouTube Channel, entitled “VLM Rocket is now Akaer’s! Avibras Aerospace and Defence is out and the companies Akaer and Cenic are in”, Avibras clarifies that the information is not valid. The Microsatellite Launch Vehicle (VLM) project is developed by the Institute of Aeronautics and Space (IAE), an organization of the Department of Aerospace Science and Technology (DCTA) in partnership with Avibras and does not involve other companies and Finep.
Avibras remains IAE's partner in this important project, which aims to launch microsatellites into low equatorial and atmospheric re-entry orbits with three stages.
The company is the only manufacturer of the S50 engine, designed with national and innovative technology, incorporating carbon fibre in the motor case, a unique combination of lightness and efficiency, highlighting a technological leap for the Brazilian Space Program (PEB). This engine represents a decisive step towards the completion of the VLM.
Recently, Avibras successfully loaded the S50 engine, which involved the work, dedication and competence of a multidisciplinary team from the company.
It is important to highlight that the successful development of the S50 engine not only validates a project that is completely national, but also boosts the development of suborbital rockets and microsatellite launchers. The VLM represents a technological achievement, positions Brazil as an active participant in the global nano and microsatellite launch market and contributes to growth and innovation in the space sector, and Avibras, as an aerospace company and pioneer in the Brazilian Space Program, is part of this achievement.
On November 21, Avibras installation in Jacareí was visited by the Support Centre for Defence Logistic Systems (CASLODE), an entity of the Ministry of Defence, with the goal of re-evaluating the company as a Cataloguing Unit (UniCat). The delegation of military personnel composed of Commander of Sea and War (CMG) Alessandrer de Paiva Nunes, Corvette Captain (CC) Wellington Galdino Alves de Oliveira and the 2nd Sergeant Jessiane Araújo, observed on site Avibras’ excellence in providing cataloguing services, which will result in its recertification as a cutting-edge UniCat before the Brazilian Defence Industrial Base (BID).
The military highlighted that the company's cataloguing processes are organized and structured, making Avibras a reference in this segment in Brazil and around the world.
Avibras is the first private industry in Brazil to have the right to act as a UniCat together with the Ministry of Defence, reinforcing its pioneering spirit and expertise in this area. UniCats are entities authorized to provide cataloguing services for supply items used by the Armed Forces or of interest to them.
Since 2016 Avibras has been carrying out and commercializing cataloguing services, which consist of collecting technical data to establish the identification of items and their ordering in the form of a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) catalogue, bringing international visibility to the products and prominence in the export scenario, in addition to economic and operational benefits in the logistics area.
In October, Avibras signed a contract with the Brazilian Army (EB) to supply a batch of 70mm Skyfire rockets, reaffirming the solid partnership with the institution.
The SKYFIRE is part of the broad portfolio of high-value-added products developed by Avibras, allowing two distinct applications, one as axial armament for aircraft (air-surface) and the other as an area saturation system (surface-surface).
Considered of high-performance, they can be used in a wide range of aircraft, from helicopters to high-performance jets. They consist of 70 mm calibre rockets for various applications and their airborne multiple launchers.
The rockets use composite solid propellant, they are provided with stabilizing fins and have a variety of warheads. Each rocket consists of a rocket motor and a warhead with fuze. The available rocket motor is the SKYFIRE: AV-SF 70 M9. The warheads available have specific effects such as anti-tank, anti-personnel and anti-materiel, flechette, anti-runway, and for exercise an inert warhead and a signalling warhead are available, each with an appropriate fuze. For Surface-to-Surface use, the SKYFIRE system is used as a saturation artillery rocket, with a range of up to 12 km, and can be fired from a towable launcher that can also be transported by helicopter. The launcher can also be mounted on a 4x4 vehicle. A derivative of the SKYFIRE rocket is also used as training ammunition (subcalibre) of the ASTROS System (Missile and Rocket Artillery System).
The rocket motor, warheads and multiple launchers of the SKYFIRE-70 System are already certified by the Aerospace Product Certification Division of the IFI (Institute for Industrial Development and Coordination) / DCTA (Department of Aerospace Science and Technology of the Brazilian Air Force) and operate in several aircraft around the world, including Embraer's Super Tucano. In addition to being used by the Brazilian Army Aviation, SKYFIRE-70 rockets and launchers are also exported to several countries in Africa and Asia, being proven in combat.
The ASTROS - Rocket and Missile Artillery System, designed and developed by Avibras, was featured at the 20th National Science and Technology Week, held from October 16-22 at the Ulysses Guimarães Convention Centre in Brasília.
In addition to the ASTROS vehicle, other equipment from the Brazilian Army, such as communications materials, geoinformation technologies and other armoured vehicles. The aim was to present the projects and programmes developed by the Army in the area of Science and Technology, making the subject accessible to the population.
This year's theme was "Basic sciences for sustainable development". Created in 2004, the National Science and Technology Week aims to mobilise the population, especially children and young people, around science and technology activities. The event takes place in schools, universities, museums, science and technology institutions, research centres, parks and botanical gardens in various cities across the country, under the coordination of the Ministry of Science and Technology and Innovation.
Source: Brazilian Army
On October 11, Avibras took part in the XI ASTROS System Workshop held by the 6th Missile and Rocket Group (GMF) in Formosa, Goiás. Senior engineer Fernando Arantes, Systems Engineering Manager, presented the company's capabilities and products for guided rockets, as well as navigation, guidance and command and control systems for this type of munition.
The workshop was organized by the General Staff of the Brazilian Army (EB), through its Project Office, with the aim of discussing and proposing solutions to topics of interest to the Army's Missile and Rocket Artillery.
Conceived and developed by Avibras, the ASTROS System contributes to the evolution and consolidation of the Missile and Rocket Artillery, representing a technological leap in capacity, efficiency and effectiveness in fire support for the Ground Force. It also reinforces the Army's contribution to achieving the strategic objective of Extraregional Deterrence, as well as creating and maintaining highly specialized jobs, generating income and bringing in foreign currency for Brazil through exports to friendly countries.
Photos: Brazilian Army
Avibras was present at the AUSA 2023 Annual Meeting & Exposition, an annual fair held in Washington in the United States, in which local companies and companies from around the world present their latest innovations and products in the defence and security sectors. More than 600 companies from 80 countries participate in the event held from October 9th to 11th. Avibras has been a member of AUSA since 1990.
Avibras International Sales Manager Marcelo Ortiz Herrerin and Sales Engineer Almir Lemos checked out market trends, technological innovations, as well as the latest research and developments in the segment, in addition to interacting with customers and partners.
This exchange is essential for the technological update of the solutions offered by the company to meet customers’ needs, in addition to providing a favourable environment for networking and establishing contacts with professionals in the defence sector, foreign governments, military organizations and customers.
Last week, Avibras facility in Jacareí received important visits from the Brazilian Army (EB). On October 2nd, 11 military personnel, three from EB and nine foreigners from friendly nations, from the International Strategic Studies Course (CIEE) of the Army Command and General Staff College (ECEME), were at the company to learn about the technological and production capabilities of Avibras and the strategic projects with the Armed Forces.
On October 3rd, the company received the Army Artillery Commander, Brigade General Moisés da Paixão Júnior, from the Rockets and Missiles Artillery Instruction Centre (CIArtMslFgt), accompanied by 15 military personnel, including instructors and students from the Planning and Employment Course of Missiles and Rockets System for Senior Officers, the Army General Staff Course (QEMA) and the Logistics Manager Course of the Missiles and Rockets System.
The goal was to learn about the company's potential and the production of the ASTROS Missiles and Rockets Artillery System.
On October 4th, the technical visit by students and instructors of the Advanced Aviation Course of the Army Aviation Instruction Centre (CIAvEx) took place. They learned about the industrial and technological capability of the 70 mm Skyfire System, which is part of the broad portfolio of products developed by Avibras, and allows for two distinct applications, one as axial armament for aircraft (air-to-surface) and the other as an area saturation system (surface-to-surface).
EATI – The Avibras Technology and Innovation Space (EATI) located in the São José dos Campos Technology Park also received on September 28th a visit from the Technological Management and Innovation Agency (AGITEC) / EB Department of Science and Technology (DCT) during the event Innovation Week 2023.
The delegation had the opportunity to learn more about the company, the partnership possibilities and the purpose of EATI, which is to be Avibras' Technology and Innovation embassy for research, development and innovation in an environment of partnerships and collaboration with universities and research institutes and development agencies.
This movement strengthens the triple helix, a concept that points to the joint action between companies, academia and government as the path to technological innovation and the country's economic development.
In September, Avibras participated in the working meeting of the Chief of Staff of the Brazilian Army (EB) with the Army Science and Technology System focusing on the continuity of the ASTROS Strategic Program (PrgEE). Held at the Army Technological Centre (CTEx) in Rio de Janeiro, the goal of the event was to coordinate, level knowledge and disseminate the program's activities in relation to research and development of the Tactical Cruise Missile and the Guided Rocket, in addition to present the current situation and define the next activities.
Among the participants in the activity were Division General Tales Eduardo Areco Villela, Director of Manufacturing (DF), Brigade General Alexandre Martins Castilho, Head of the Army Technological Centre (CTEx), Brigade General Marcelo Corrêa Horewicz, Chief of Army Assessment Centre (CAEx), Brigade General R/1 José Julio Dias Barreto, Manager of the ASTROS Army Strategic Program (EPEx), Colonel Jorge Audrin Morgado de Gois, Head of the Teaching, Research, Development and Innovation Advisory from the Department of Science and Technology (EPDI/DCT), as well as representatives from the Technological Management and Innovation Agency (AGITEC) and other officers from the Brazilian Army. Avibras was represented by the Avibras Program Management manager, Fabio Nakagawa, the Tactical Cruise Missile Project manager, Evandro Nunes and the Guided Rocket Project manager, Ronaldo Rangel. Avibras is proud to be part of the Program as an integrating company.
Designed and developed by Avibras, the ASTROS System contributes to the evolution and consolidation of Missile and Rocket Artillery, representing a technological leap in capacity, efficiency and effectiveness in the fire support of the Land Force. It also reinforces the Army's contribution to achieving the strategic objective of Extra-regional Deterrence, in addition to creating and maintaining highly specialized jobs, generating income and bringing foreign currency to Brazil with exports to friendly countries.
On September, Avibras received a visit from a delegation from the Institute of Aeronautics and Space (IAE) led by Air Brigadier Frederico Casarino, director of the Institute, with the aim of reaffirming the partnership with the Brazilian Air Force (FAB ).
The president of Avibras, João Brasil Carvalho Leite and members of the Commercial and Programs areas welcomed the authorities, who had the opportunity to learn about the entire manufacturing structure and Avibras' training for the ongoing events with the Air Force, such as the production of the S50, the main engine of the Microsatellite Launch Vehicle (VLM-1) within the scope of the Brazilian Space Program (PEB). The focus was also on sharing expertise in order to collaborate with reliable, efficient products of advanced technologies, providing the execution of related projects, such as the development of a long-range cruise missile, with propulsion based on a reaction engine for launch from aerial platforms, the MICLA-BR, so called in the Aeronautics Military Strategic Plan (PEMAER) and the VSB-30 Space Rocket, a small launcher, aimed at carrying out experiments in microgravity environments.
For Avibras, this cooperation is crucial to strengthen Brazil's autonomous capacity in vehicle launches with the placement of satellites in orbit, directly contributing to the Brazilian aerospace advancement, the development of cutting-edge technology, training of industry, institutes and launch centres, in addition to promoting the country's international recognition in the aerospace sector.
AEB Visit – Focusing on the projects and important partnerships established to boost the Brazilian Space Program (PEB), Avibras visited on September, the Brazilian Space Agency (AEB), a regional unit in São José dos Campos located in the Technology Park.
Avibras military advisor André Luís Maciel de Oliveira (Cel/R1), engineer Larissa Menezes de Oliveira (Commercial) and engineer Eduardo Dore Roda (Program Management) were received by the coordinators of the AEB unit in São José, Alexandre Macedo and Jaime Silva.
AEB is interested in acquiring the S30 and S31 engines as part of the Microgravity Program. For the agency, Avibras plays a very important role in the success of PEB, especially in terms of access to space both in VSB-30 for the Microgravity Program and as a supplier of the S50 engines for the Microsatellite Launch Vehicle (VLM-1).
The Avibras facility in Lorena was the base for Agulhas Negras Operation carried out by the 2nd Division of the Brazilian Army, reinforcing the company's long and solid partnership with the military institution. From September 18 to 25, the 4th Mechanized Infantry Battalion from Osasco, São Paulo, and the 13th Mechanized Cavalry Regiment from Pirassununga, São Paulo, were based at the company, mobilizing 368 soldiers, 35 vehicles and 20 armoured vehicles, including the Guarani, Urutu and Cascavel.
The operation, which will run until September 30, is one of the Land Force's largest training exercises in 2023, involving around 4,500 military personnel from 40 units. The aim is to maintain the state of readiness of the troops of the 2nd Division in offensive and defensive operations and in cooperation and coordination with agencies, as well as exercising command and leadership skills at all levels. The area of operations involves the cities of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
As part of its actions in the community, Avibras often provides space at its facility in Lorena for training of agencies such as the Brazilian Army, Federal Police, Fire Department and Military Police, among others.
Avibras confirmed last Friday, September 22nd, its intention to establish a strategic partnership with New Technologies Global Systems (NTGS), a Spanish defence industry focused on expanding its business in the international market. The strategy is to become a multinational company through partnerships with Spanish companies and the consolidation of a European subsidiary.
The agreement will allow the company to bid for the new High Mobility Launcher System (SILAM) program for the Spanish Army, with the production of the ASTROS Missile and Rocket Artillery System, which is combat-proven and well established in the world defence market.
The technology transfer of the system foreseen in the cooperation will depend on the needs of the Spanish government, and the intellectual property will remain at Avibras' headquarters in Brazil.
In addition to focusing on its economic and financial recovery to increase its participation in the international market, Avibras is adopting a series of strategies and actions to become even more competitive, including the establishment of strategic partnerships to further strengthen its portfolio of high value-added products and further explore export opportunities to expand its presence in the global market.
Avibras is a Brazilian technology and innovation company with unique industrial capacity and recognized worldwide for the excellence and quality of its products, systems and engineering solutions in the areas of Aeronautics, Space, Electronics, Vehicles and Defence.
With more than 60 years of experience and certified as a Strategic Defence Company (EED), Avibras has consolidated its position as one of the world's leading companies in the Defence and Aerospace segment, with the development and manufacture of special vehicles for military purposes, becoming a reference in Multiple Rocket Launch System (MRLS), ballistic and guided rockets, missiles and pioneering participation in space research programs.
Known as a company that has the “Skills to build Skills”, Avibras is a System House, offering technological solutions to meet any need of its customers, showing real diversification and spin-off opportunities in Defence, Space and Complex Systems Integration.
Based in São José dos Campos, in Vale do Paraíba, the company is a pioneer in in-house, innovative and independent technology and operates in large facilities in Jacareí and Lorena. Its workforce is composed of highly qualified engineers, researchers and technicians capable of providing solutions for the most varied segments.