The Brazilian Navy does not hide its interest in developing an amphibious ready group, therefore recent changes have taken place in alternatives to transform itself from an anti-submarine carrier legacy force to a fully fledge amphibious one. With the acquisition of the former HMS Ocean while decommissioning former A12 Sao Paulo conventional aircraft carrier, the Navy is taking the necessary steps to transition and repurpose its force with minimal loss of personnel qualifications. KC-2 Trader and AF-1 Skyhawk conversions will continue even if these can´t operate from the A140 Atlántico. These ideas will have to cope with the thoughts of president elect Jair Bolsonaro, even with high support for military development initiatives but in need to manage the turmoil in state’s budget and Brazil’s financial markets. Such a Navy is very costly to buy and even more to maintain.
USS Ramage, an Arleigh Burke Flight I class destroyer is to be on alert during this G20 Summit. The Destroyer, recently refitted, is temporarily serving roles for U.S. Southern Command’s 4th Fleet. It has been recently spotted in the Brazilian port of Pernambuco, and the U.S. has scheduled a port visit to Montevideo on Dec 2nd, right after the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires. This Destroyer is one of the most recently deployed ships in the USN, as stated in official media, 45% of the time of these last three years, Ramage, was in ports other than his own. This Arleigh Burke Flight I is specialized in air defense, with its AN/SPY-3D long range radar and SM-2 missiles.
Dutch shipbuilder Damen is walking hard in Latin America, about to deliver its first Reformador class frigate to the Mexican Navy and a serious contender in both Brazilian Navy Tamandaré and Colombian Navy PES programs for replacement of Niteroi class and Almirante Padilla class frigates respectively. SIGMA 10514 frigates, reduced in size and displacement but not in performance if the conditions were in place, could replace Peru’s Lupo class frigates and Argentina’s MEKO 360. These 105 meters and a 14 meter beam frigates are cost effective and in a high level of automation alternative. Indonesia and Morocco hold standard versions of these frigates and Mexico ordered a custom improved design with a 2 meter length difference in hold of new equipment and more powerful machinery. Considering the regional particular interest in Reformador class frigates, this article will make an educated guess and comparison with regional requirements and current capabilities.
Riachuelo, first Scorpene class submarine of four to be built
in Brazil is set to be launched in December 14th. Three others will
be built in 18 months each until deliveries are completed in 2023. The first Brazilian
nuclear submarine is expected to be finished in 2028. These submarines are based on the French Scorpene submarine by a partnership between Naval Group and the Brazilian Navy. Built in the Itaguai Naval Complex, Rio de Janeiro state.
Naval Group executed the contract to provide four OPV’s for
the Argentine Navy, the agreement was reached on June 22nd, 2018. Funds are being provided and should begin the construction works for the
vessels in the upcoming weeks. Three of these will be of new construction and
one, in this case the L’Adroit prototype, refitted to argentine specs. L’Adroit was privately funded by the former DCNS (now Naval
Group), evaluated and operated by the French Navy from 2011 to 2018. Improvements required by the customer take focus on the propeller shaft and
transmission will be made in Toulon, before delivery to the Argentine Navy.
The Brazilian Navy has shortlisted four teams to advance to the next phase of the tendering process for the construction of its new Tamandare-class corvettes. The shortlist was originally expected to be announced by August with a final decision on the winning consortium coming two months later. This means the final decision can now be expected to be made by December this year, but the navy did not provide further information on the delay. In a document, released October 15, the navy identified ÁGUAS AZUIS, Damen Saab Tamandaré, FLV and VILLEGAGNON as the four downselected teams.
ÁGUAS AZUIS is composed of Brazil’s ATECH Negócios em Tecnologias S.A and Еmbraer SA, and Germany’s ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems GmbH; Europe-based Damen and Saab have partnered with CONSUB Defesa e Tecnologia S.A to form the Damen Saab Tamandaré consortium; FLV represents an acronym of the three-company team of Fincantieri, Leonardo and Vard. VILLEGAGNON is a consortium spearheaded by France’s Naval Group. The downselect comes ten months after the navy issued a request for proposals for the construction of four Tamandaré-class corvettes in December 2017.