23 April 2013
South Africa’s largest privately owned defence and aerospace firm, Paramount Group, has won an international bid to supply security vehicles to Brazil, the company announced last week.
It will supply its Maverick security vehicles, which have been designed to be used by security forces.
The Maverick vehicle will be used by Brazil’s special police operations battalion and its shock police battalion, which is part of the country’s military police and special resources battalion.
“Sharing defence and security equipment represents a new level of international trade cooperation, and this announcement not only demonstrates strengthened alliances between Africa and Brazil but the unity of the BRICS alliance,” Paramount chairperson, Ivor Ichikowitz, said in a statement.
The deal is expected to help the country deal with security concerns for the hosting of the 2014 Fifa World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games.
“The equipment to be supplied by Paramount Group will play a critical role in the security infrastructure for both these events,” Ichikowitz said.
“Paramount Group is very proud to have been selected to support the government in this important role and is looking forward to being part of the growth of this dynamic country.”
The awarding of the contract came after intensive technical evaluations, field testing and a procurement process open to local and international companies, Ichikowitz said.
“South Africa has a proud heritage in the defence and security sector and Paramount Group is continually investing in research and development thus ensuring its products are at the leading edge of technology,” he said.