Skip to comments.Brazil to get its first nuclear subs
Posted on 03/01/2013 7:00:13 PM PST by Perdogg
Brazil is set to join the select group of countries that have nuclear-powered submarines, President Dilma Rousseff said Friday.
Rousseff stressed Brazil was committed to peace but also needed its defense deterrent, as she inaugurated a naval shipyard in Rio de Janeiro state where the country's first nuclear-powered sub is set to be built in partnership with France.
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Who is a threat to Brazil? Argentina? Venezuela?
Is dilma rouseff a muslim?
All the crazies of south america.
Free Republic should have it’s own nuclear powered submarine.
“Who is a threat to Brazil? Argentina? Venezuela?”
If North Korea or Iran launches a successful EMP attack and wipes out the US, the rest of the world could get very interesting.
Imagine the quarterly FReepathons....
As far as brazil is concerned, the United States of America. It fancies itself a world power, and the numbers seem to indicate the brazilians may be on to something.
“Imagine the quarterly FReepathons.... “
That’s what I was thinking also. My daughter is a nuclear engineer, she could help with maintenance. That would help some on the costs.
I could paint if needed....
Huh? An EMP cannot “wipe out” the US. Damage power lines? Sure. But you’ve been watching a few too many movies.
“Huh? An EMP cannot wipe out the US. Damage power lines? Sure. But youve been watching a few too many movies.”
The article from 12/19/12:
By golly, it would give the moderators a serious Zot Machine...
Are you starting the Free Republic sub-athon? Wonder how much it would cost to buy one from the Russians...
Well, based on what I know of nuclear subs - which is precious little - this sounds more like a “bragging rights” project for Brazil than maybe the best military policy.
If their objective is coastal defense and to protect their oil rigs, I would think purchasing late model diesel-electric boats would be a sounder policy. You don’t need the around-the-world range of a nuke if you’re staying close to home. I would think you could also afford to buy several of them for the price of one nuc, with lower maintenance and operating costs as well.
Again, though, that’s just my armchair admiral-ing. Feel free to correct me if I’m off base here, folks.
Given the record of the French nuclear carrier, the Brazilian attempt to build a nuclear anything with the French should keep cartoonists busy for years.
The French carrier even lost a blade off one of the propellers.
Bad Froggie, BAD, BAAAD Froggie!
The Brazilian nuclear weapons program was abandoned a long time ago.
She was a full blown communist rebel, or as they call them in Brasil, a “Community Organizer”.
“By golly, it would give the moderators a serious Zot Machine... “
We haven’t talked about the USS Jim Robinson’s offensive capabilities; but I would assume at least some nuclear tipped cruise missiles would be included.
I think that "the FRS Sarah Palin" would be a better name for this ship.
FRS = Free Republic Ship, of course
Nothing wrong with a 2 sub fleet. Just have to figure out how to pay for two.
...one of Obama’s fellow marxists.
Reality: The EMP threat is vastly over-hyped. First it's far from clear that the Norks have any kind of weaponized warhead, despite the recent test, let alone a "super EMP" device. A Super EMP device remains purely theoretical having never been tested by any power, let alone North Korea. Moreover, the idea that an EMP burst would kill 200 million Americans is laughable. You COULD see short term blackouts, mostly as a result of failure of high tension power lines. No reason to believe that that would collapse society or lead to wide spread famine.