Brazilian Defense Minister Raul Jungmann speaks duing interview with AFP at the Defence Ministry in Brasilia, on November 25, 2016. AFP / EVARISTO SA
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The nearly 6 ton, 2.1 billion reais ($617 million) satellite is at the core of a modernization of Brazil's military that Jungmann said would still take hits during planned government austerity cuts.The telecoms satellites will also bring new security for Brazil by putting all government communications under the country's control and strengthening military communications, he said.Brazil maintains one of the largest militaries in the Americas, partly to patrol its huge borders, which include 7,500 kilometers of coastline.Although Brazil is not involved in any active conflicts abroad, it has used its military to project influence, including with a major peacekeeping mission to Haiti.
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