Brazil is by far the largest country in South America. It has a population of over 212 million. Its economy is among the largest in the world. With the Amazon rain forest providing a natural barrier in the north and weak neighbours all around making any land incursions impossible, most if Brazil's security concerns are confined to counter insurgency.
Population: 212.5 million
Defence Budget: 29.8 billion
Total Personnel 1,640,000
Despite Brazil's enormous size the Brazilian Army has a fairly modest amount of heavy equipment. The 437 tanks in Brazil's inventory consist of Leopard 1s and M60s. These don't really serve much of a purpose. As Brazil doesn't face a conventional threat. Instead Brazil's more inclined to use IFV's. The newest IFV in Brazil's arsenal is the domestically made VBTP-MR Guarani. With over 450 in service and a total of 2,044 ordered, this new IFV will be a useful tool in fighting insurgents across Brazil's expansive territory.
With over 700 aircraft the Brazilian Air Force is moderately sized. However don't let its size fool you. The Brazilian Air Force lacks hardcore multirole fighters like F-16s. It instead had F-5s for air-to-air engagements. Meanwhile for ground attacks it has the AMX international and the Super Tucano. Both of these aircraft were developed by Brazil (Italy and Brazil worked on the AMX international). Interestingly the Brazilian Air Force has both SIGINT and AEW&C aircraft. This is strange because Brazil's combat fleet consists mainly of counter insurgency attack aircraft. Things may be about to change however. Brazil has ordered 27 JAS F-39Es. These will boost Brazil's air-to-air capabilities while also adding more ground attack options.
Armed UAVs: 0
Attack Helicopters: 12
Brazil's navy has 4 major amphibious warfare vessels. This is abnormal for a country which primarily focuses on counter insurgency. It may be an indication that Brazil is willing and able to project power throughout the continent. Along with the amphibious warfare vessels there are 7 frigates, 6 submarines and 6 corvettes as well as 18 patrol boats. Overall the Brazilian navy is fairly impressive.
Total Vessels: 112
Carriers and LHDs: 0
Defence industry has had some successes
A lot of manpower
Navy has a good mixture of vessels
Counter insurgency aircraft are plenty
Decent training and motivation
Lack of heavier, more capable multirole fighters
Tanks are all old
More armoured vehicles would be ideal
Lack of war experience
More attack helicopters would be a big boost for COIN operations