South American weapons: release budgets for 2016

(To Maria Grazia Labellarte)

In the 2016 the spending of the Latin American continent in favor of the Defense will suffer a strong increase, despite the economy is heavily tested in the whole area.

Let's see in detail.

Peru has allocated 2.198 million dollars, of which 176 will go to personnel, the rest will be used for payment of ongoing programs, such as the C-27J, 308 MAN trucks, the Sea Sprite helicopters and the eight KT-1P planes. About 2.500 million dollars will also go to security, in particular to police, fire, weapons and ammunition programs and finally to immigration security policies.

Panama will increase its defense budget by around 13%, while Honduras is curious, with its spending increase, of around 60% compared to 2015. Peculiar is the program of Colombia: the expenditure compared to 2015 amounts to 6% more. About 10.500 million dollars are reserved and of this amount, the 97% will be reserved for operating costs. The country has already called 2.600 reservists with the intent of creating 12 "Special Battalions", destined for operations concerning programs on climate change and natural disasters.

Trinidad and Tobago achieve an increase in 35% spending, including the acquisition of vessels, vehicles and equipment. In addition to the purchase of vehicles in the Air Force and the Army.

Brazil is the country with the greatest expenditure, 33.000 will be the millions of dollars that will be spent on Defense projects, the most expensive on the continent. In addition to the purchase of Saab's 36 Gripen, the submarine development program, including the first South American nuclear submarine, closed in the 2015.

Venezuela follows: the budgeted 13.000 million dollars will go to salaries (3.000 million), management (5.600 million) and to the logistic support units and units of the National Armed Forces (477 million dollars). To underline the 96 million dollars reserved for military counterespionage.

Chile will allocate around 2.700 million dollars. Of this amount around 65% will go to personnel costs.

Only Paraguay, which significantly reduces the defense budget following a decline in 9%, goes against the trend.

Argentina, finally, if in the last 2015 announced worried the unjustified increase of military expenditure in the Malvinas by the United Kingdom by recalling UNASUR representatives and the United Nations Secretary, in 2016 does not yet make public its programs by way of also of the various political and presidential changes that have recently taken place in the country.

(Photo: Forças Armadas Brasileiras)