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Brazil may buy Russian missiles

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February 2, 2013 01:20 PM EST | AP

SAO PAULO — Brazil's Defense Ministry says it is interested in buying Russian anti-aircraft defense systems.

General Jose Carlos De Nardi is the head of the joint chiefs of staff of the Brazilian Armed Forces. He's quoted in a Defense Ministry statement as saying, "We are interested in the acquisition of three batteries of medium level Pantsir-S1 missiles and two batteries of Igla missiles."

He says that if an agreement is signed it would include the construction of a factory in Brazil and the transfer of technology.

De Nardi says the possible purchase will be discussed with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev who is scheduled to visit to Brazil at the end of the month.