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Avibras Indústria Aeroespacial S/A
Industry Defense
Founded 1961; 56 years ago (1961)
Headquarters São José dos Campos, Brazil
Area served
Latin American
Key people
Sami Youssef Hassuani (President)
Products anti-aircraft
Armoured vehicles
Number of employees
1600 (may 2015)
Website www.avibras.com.br

Avibras Indústria Aeroespacial is a diversified Brazilian company which designs, develops and manufactures defense products and services. Its range of products encompasses artillery and aircraft defense systems, rockets and missiles such as air-to-ground and surface-to-surface weapon systems, including artillery saturation rocket systems; 70 mm air-to-ground systems and fiber optic multi-purpose guided missiles. It makes armoured vehicles as well.

Avibras also manufactures civilian transportation through a division called Tectran, telecommunications equipment, electronic industrial equipment (Powertronics), automotive painting and explosives.

It is based in São José dos Campos, Brazil.

Main Products[edit]

In Production

Artillery saturation rocket system, Astros II
Armoured personnel carrier AV VBL 4x4
  • Astros II: A multiple rocket launcher and important product of Avibras, used in six countries. The Astros II was decisive in stopping the Iranian offensive during the Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988)[1] and was used by Saudi Arabia against Iraqi forces during Operation Desert Storm (1991).[2][3]
  • AV VBL 4x4: Is a Brazilian armoured personnel carrier, used by Malaysian Army.
  • Guará 4x4: Is another Brazilian armoured personnel carrier.
  • AV-SS 12/36, a light multiple rocket launcher. It can fire rockets with weight up to 6 kg, and range up to 12 km.
  • Astros Hawk, the ASTROS HAWK is designed to support light forces through the use of high mobility launcher-vehicles and a variety of ammunition. The ammunition is compatible with the ASTROS II System. The system can place a high volume of fire in a very short period of time, at ranges up to 12 km.
  • SKYFIRE, based on its extensive experience with the SBAT 70 (Air-to-Ground Brazilian System) AVIBRAS developed and started to produce and export to its clients the most advanced 70mm rocket system, the SKYFIRE, a high performance air-to-ground rocket system for employment in any type of combat aircraft or helicopter.
  • EDT-FILA, state-of-the-art anti-aircraft defense fire control equipment, to detect aircraft and missiles at low altitude, directing the fire of anti-aircraft guns and missiles.
  • VANT Falcão a single-engine, MALE Unmanned Aerial Vehicle low-wing composite material and structure.

Under Development

  • MANSUP: The developing jointly with the Mectron to the Navy of Brazil. Is an anti-ship missile with a range of about 180 km. developed from repowering project missiles MBDA MM40 Exocet Block III from Brazilian Navy with technology transferred by the MBDA.
  • AVTM-300:, a GPS and/or laser-guided missile, its range is up to 300 km. There is no support from the Brazilian government for this project.
  • FOG-MPM, in testing stage, the new generation FOG-MPM (Fiber Optics Guided Multi Purpose Missile), uses fiber optics to permit the operator, without a line of sight to the enemy, to guide the missile to the acquisition and destruction of the target. The use of fiber optics for guidance also makes the missile immune to enemy ECM (Electronic Counter Measures). With the present range of up to 20 kilometers, and a possibility to be further extended to over 100 kilometers, the FOG-MPM may also to be employed as an additional ammunition for the ASTROS II System. Today its employment is against tanks, helicopters and fortifications.
  • Astros 2020 New version improved of the multiple rocket launcher Astros II, capable of launching cruise missile AV TM-300.
  • A-Darter a fifth generation short range infrared homing ("heat seeking") air-to-air missile


  1. ^ SCHMIDT, Rachel (1991). Global Arms Exports to Iraq, 1960-1990. RAND. N-3248-USDP. Santa Monica, CA, USA. [1]
  2. ^ BBC (2001). Cruise missiles 'Made in Brazil'. BBC News, Business, 4 September 2001. [2]
  3. ^ Army Technology (Sd). Astros II Artillery Saturation Rocket System, Brazil. Army Technology. News, views and contacts from the global Army industry. Projects - Industry Projects. [3]

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