Skip to comments.Chávez’s purchase of $15 billion in weapons causes concern in Latin America
Posted on 03/20/2011 8:48:20 PM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
Chávezs purchase of $15 billion in weapons causes concern in Latin America
BY ANTONIO MARIA DELGADO
With the acquisition of hundreds of tanks, helicopters and bulletproof vehicles as well as submarines and missile networks, Venezuela is arming itself at a speed unprecedented in the history of the South American country. Experts consulted by El Nuevo Herald have said that Hugo Chávezs has created unrest in the region with purchases to expand its military that total more than $15 billion.
The analysts warned that the purchases are made in an improvised fashion, following a dubious process with no bidding or prior studies, which could lead the country to acquire a Russian technology difficult to adopt and rejected by segments of the National Armed Forces.
The funds Chávez is using for the purchase of these new weapons, the largest in the nations history, are in good part coming from loans.
There have been important acquisitions in the country but never of such magnitude, said Carlos Julio Peñaloza, former chief of the Unified Command of Venezuelas Armed Forces.
And it could end up being a lot more than $15 billion.
Some analysts said that the purchases made so far add up to about $30 billion, a figure Chávez himself has said he wishes to spend to modernize the countrys armed forces.
A report by the Association for Citizen Control for the Security and Defense of the Nation, a Venezuelan NGO that follows this issue closely, says the country has received or is about to receive a long list of equipment and military installations supplied mostly by Russia, China and Spain.
The list includes 92 mid-size T-72B1V tanks, about 240 bulletproof infantry vehicles (BMP-3 and 8x8 BTR-80), nine submarines, nearly 50 vessels of different sizes, dozens of Sukhoi Su-30MK2 fighting
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I am shocked! Shocked that peaceful Ooogo is on a massive arms build up in our backyard.
The submarines are to break the naval blockade when they bring in the ballistic missile parts.
This guy has been plotting for years and years.
Thanks sukhoi-30mki. But let’s attack Libya and leave the Mexican border wide open.
Cool high sign they got going there.
Hey! is that Moochelles dress?
In other words, Hugo is being used as a pawn due to his willingness to jump on the grenade.
The part left out was that he has bought very large numbers of a very good new east-block MANPADS that is hard to spoof.
Did we ever get the story on this?
Somebody is watching over this arms build up
Isn’t Obama scheduled to Kiss Hugo this week?
Gonna have one helluva May Day Parade this year, in Caracas.
Thanks Obie. Another red solidifying his dictatorship due to your incompetence and complicity.
Oh, he is down there working back channels “in person”
Read everything you can find this week regarding the trip.
I am no analyst, but this guy is up to no good.
What where the brazilian protests about?
No one knows. cbn reporter was shot
Hugo will become the South American Saddam Hussein.
What Venezuela needs is a “Pinochet.”
The guy just cut the value of his currency in half, and the standard of living is plummeting.
But he got toys that go zoom and boom.
I don't understand why the rest of Latin America is concerned. As long as they can last several weeks of incessant bombing, we have a president that will go to the UN, bypass congress, say that he is implementing a no-fly zone, and then go bomb the heck out of Venezuela.
Does anyone with any knowledge about South America doubt the reason for these purchases? Chavez wants Colombia. Will Obama lift a finger to prevent Chavez taking over Colombia?
Colombia would beat Venezuela like a red-headed stepchild; they actually have a professional military.
A lot of these high-tech goodies Chavez has bought are not operable due to poor maintenance, etc.
Considering that Hugo supports Quadaffi in Libya his weapons purchases may be for dealing with any trouble at home.
He could use the planes, tanks etc. to stay in power as his own people rise up against him.
And with events transpiring in the Middle East right now, the various dictators of the world are having some sleepless nights.
I gotta get me some of those bulletproof infantry vehicles.
It could be $15 Billion of weapons that have no coordination, no command and control, no strategy and bare tactics.
They are junk.
The Colombian military is aarguably the best in the region given decades of non-stop experience and have evolved a very mobile and flexible army. Venezuela’s tanks and IFVs are hardly of use in the terrain over there. Their purchase of new SU-30 and J-10 fighters is something to worry about. Though that has more to do with posturing against the US and Brits as well as smaller regional disputes.
Can he be arming himself against his own citizens? He has seen the trouble caused to other dictators by pesky peasants who want to be free.
It sure looks like one.
“Colombia would beat Venezuela like a red-headed stepchild; they actually have a professional military.
A lot of these high-tech goodies Chavez has bought are not operable due to poor maintenance, etc.”
Have you considered that Colombia is more or less surrounded by Hugo’s butt buddies - Ecuador, Bolivia and Nicaragua? Hugo wants not just South America, he wants the Latin countries up to and including Mexico. Up the isthmus, then up the Obama of the U.S. I’m sure he also wants the Panama Canal so he can strangle trade.
“Considering that Hugo supports Quadaffi in Libya his weapons purchases may be for dealing with any trouble at home.”
Right and I buy Bud Light cause it helps my plants grow.
“The Colombian military is aarguably the best in the region given decades of non-stop experience and have evolved a very mobile and flexible army. Venezuelas tanks and IFVs are hardly of use in the terrain over there. Their purchase of new SU-30 and J-10 fighters is something to worry about. Though that has more to do with posturing against the US and Brits as well as smaller regional disputes.”
FARC (Hugo’s guys) live in Colombia and already create havoc. Colombia is surrounded by Venezuela, Ecuador, Brazil and a bit further on, Nicaragua - all share the same goals of conquest. Do you call that a walk in the park for Colombia? Oh, I forgot, Obama will protect them, shi-ite.
The militaries of countries like Ecuador and Bolivia are a joke. Brazil has little reason to go against Colombia-it has pretty good relations as it is with them. It won’t be a cakewalk against Colombia, but Chavez knows the risks of attacking. Which is why all he has done is rant.
Ever heard of Gran Colombia? That’s Hugo’s middle goal; after that Latin America.
Not too different from the PLO’s goal of an Arab state from the Jordan to the Med.