According to the website Poder Naval, the Defense Ministry decided to put to sale two U 209-1400 submarines of the Brazilian Navy, submarines Timbira (S-32) and Tapajo (S-33). Such a decision apparently has been backed by the Navy’s Admiralty in August 1st Fortnight. The Brazilian Navy expects to receive, if done, from 200 to 300 million U.S. dollars for the sale.
Although there has been both an interest and an offering for the Argentine Navy, which is close to having no more submarines, the Peruvian and Polish Navies are at the forefront of this negotiation.
The current financial and political situation in Argentina conspire against a successful agreement, also with the declining in bilateral relations based in media statements made by both the President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro and a strong candidate for the upcoming general election, Alberto Fernandez.
Peru has currently a fleet of six U 209’s of which has decided to overhaul and upgrade four of them, of the -1200 variant. The remaining two are -1100 and would not be considered. The Peruvian Navy holds an important experience on the class both on maintaining and operating it. Presumably such an investment would serve to replace the -1100’s with -1400 ones, maintaining the number of hulls and with submarines with larger endurance.
On the other hand, the Polish Navy’s fleet submarine is comprised of three submarines, one Kilo class and two U 205's. Although news have been presented on the intention of the Polish Navy to support its Kilo class submarine for another decade, most likely the incorporation of these two 209’s would serve to replace all three’s with a proven submarine that can be supported locally and by scraping any Russian logistics based on the current state of their relations. A boost to that negotiation might be in place due to the upcoming visit of President Bolsonaro to Europe.