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Special Operations Command (Brazil)

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The Brazilian Special Operations Command (Portuguese: Comando de Operações Especiais - C Op Esp) is a part of the Brazilian Army Commands, specifically the Land Army Command.[1] Headquartered in Central Brazil, in Goiania, C OP ESP is positioned under the larger Planalto Military Command.[1] Specifically, it is linked to the Terrestrial Operations Command (COTER[1]). Its motto; "any mission, in any place, at any time, by every way",[2] perfectly sums up the capabilities of C Op Esp.

Special Operations Command
Comando de Operações Especiais
Comando de Operações Especiais insigna.gif
Coat of arms of the Special Operations Command
ActiveJune 27, 2002; 17 years ago (2002-06-27)
Country Brazil
TypeSpecial Forces
RoleDirect action
Airfield seizure
Special reconnaissance
Airborne & air assault operations
Personnel recovery
Part ofCoat of arms of the Brazilian Army.svg Brazilian Army
Nickname(s)C Op Esp
Current CommanderBrig.Gen. Mauro Sinott Lopes


Creation of C Op EspEdit

C Op Esp traces its roots all the way back to 1957, when it was created as a parachute rescue group that conducted deep forest rescue operations.[3] Special operations were then disbanded for much of the 20th century, but in 2003, the Presidential Decree No. 4.289 created the Special Operations Brigade that Brazil employs today.[1] In 2013, the ordinance of Army Commander 142 changed the brigade's designation to Special Operations Command (C Op Esp).[1]

Missions and CapabilitiesEdit

Today C Op Esp is a highly specialized and dynamic fighting force that operates all over Brazil. C Op Esp is trained in non conventional warfare, which means it is ready for any type of fight, against any fighting force.[4] C Op Esp is trained to deal with much larger forces, they typically operate in small teams.[4]

The C Op Esp uses a number of strategies to eliminate its enemies capabilities. Deploying its forces deep in enemy territory, including to the very rear of the enemy, is one of the many strategies C Op Esp employs.[4]

Brazilian commandos during a training exercise.

Some of C Op Esp's top level capabilities include; covert reconnaissance on the battlefield, the ability to perform search, destruction, neutralization and interdiction of targets of significant value, perform guided air strikes, rescue allies and high value targets, kidnap enemy personnel, and conduct operations classified as non conventional warfare.[4]

One of C Op Esp's most valuable capabilities is the ability to deter and destroy guerilla groups. C Op Esp has dealt with guerilla groups before, and is specially trained to move the group into a larger fighting force such as the Brazilian Army. This strategy in turn leads to the destruction of the guerrilla group.[4]

Another valuable capability that C Op Esp excels in is counterinsurgency and counterterrorism. Operations of this type include; rescuing hostages of any type, neutralization of explosives and other weapons used by terrorists, monitoring and spying on terrorist groups.[4]

The C Op Esp is the main arm of the Rapid Action Force which is supplemented by the following units: Brigade Parachute Infantry, 12th Light Infantry Brigade (Aeromovel) and the Army Aviation Squadron.[1] The Rapid Action Force is a national force, capable of operating in the Amazon as well as the Pampas in the south.[1] Equipped with the most technologically advanced equipment available to the Brazilian Military, the Rapid Action Force is proficient in land, water, and air operations.[1]

Recently, Brazilian Special Forces have taken part in domestic and international operations.[5][6] During the 2016 Rio Olympics, Brazilian Special forces provided security teams for events, and conducted covert operations in order to thwart any possible attacks on the games. These domestic operations were conducted by the special operations police force of the Brazilian Military.[5] Brazilian Special Forces also were integral in the defeat of para-military groups in Haiti.[6][7] Since the hurricane that devastated Haiti, the country has been unable to deal with paramilitary groups that have plagued their cities.[6] Brazilian Special Forces were an integral part of removing defeating these groups, while also providing peace keeping operations.[7]


Location of Goiania, Brazil.

C Op Esp is structured by the following subordinate units:[8]

  • 1st Special Forces Battalion (1º BFEsp)
  • 1st Commando Action Battalion (1º BAC)
  • 1st Battalion of Information Support Operations (1st BOAI)
  • 3rd Special Forces Company (3ª Cia F Esp)
  • Special Operations Support Battalion (B Ap Op Esp)
  • Administrative Base of the Special Operations Command (B Adm C Op Esp)
  • Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense Battalion (BDQBRN)
  • 6th Army Police Platoon (6th Pel PE)


Special forces troops during training.
Name Origin Type
Glock 19   Austria Pistol
Heckler & Koch USP   Germany Pistol
ParaFAL   Brazil Assault Rifle
IMBEL IA2   Brazil Assault Rifle
Heckler & Koch G36C   Germany Assault rifle
Heckler & Koch HK416   Germany Assault rifle
Heckler & Koch HK417   Germany Assault rifle
Colt M4   United States Assault rifle
Franchi SPAS-15   Italy Shotgun
Benelli   Italy Shotgun
Heckler & Koch MP5   Germany Submachine gun
Heckler & Koch UMP   Germany Submachine gun
FN Minimi   Belgium Machine gun
FN MAG   Belgium Machine gun
Barrett M82   United States Sniper rifle
Heckler & Koch PSG1   Germany Sniper rifle
SIG Sauer SSG 3000    Switzerland Sniper rifle
M24 Sniper Weapon System   United States Sniper rifle
Remington MSR   United States Sniper rifle
PGM Ultima Ratio   France Sniper rifle
Carl Gustav M3   Sweden Recoilless cannon
AT-4   Sweden Rocket launcher
Commando mortar   Brazil Mortar
Flamethrower   Brazil Flame-thrower


See alsoEdit

External linksEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "COPESP - Institucional". (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2017-04-06.
  2. ^ "7th Special Forces train with Brazilian team". Retrieved 2017-04-10.
  3. ^ "brigada". 2013-09-26. Archived from the original on 2013-09-26. Retrieved 2017-04-06.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Joint Publication 3-05 Special Operations" (PDF). July 16, 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Take a walk through Brazil's dangerous slums with the nation's elite police force". Business Insider. Retrieved 2017-04-06.
  6. ^ a b c "Brazil deployed nearly 5,000 people to assist Haiti after hurricane". BrazilGovNews. Retrieved 2017-04-06.
  7. ^ a b "Endgame for Brazil's Role in MINUSTAH?". Retrieved 2017-04-07.
  8. ^ "COPESP - Institucional". (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2017-04-06.