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.
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.