A consortium headed by German yard ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems and Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer has been named as preferred bidder by Brazil’s navy for a contract to build four corvettes.
The group will build the Tamandaré-class corvettes in Brazil, said ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems Chief Executive Mr Rolf Wirtz. ThyssenKrupp did not disclose the value of the contract. Reports in Brazil said the vessels will cost in total about US$1.6 billion. With ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems’ leadership and its naval systems expertise, the Águas Azuis Consortium companies will now form a specific purpose company (SPC) for the construction phase of the programme. The vessels are scheduled for delivery between 2024 and 2028 and will undertake escort role to counter possible threats, ensure the protection of maritime traffic, and control the Brazilian jurisdictional waters, the so-called Blue Amazon, which totals over 4.5 million square kilometres. The corvette programme will bring benefits to the Brazilian economy, ThyssenKrupp said.
Brazilian content will be more than 40% during shipbuilding and there will also be Brazilian development of vessel equipment systems. This will involve generation of more than 1,000 direct jobs and approximately 4,000 indirect jobs. The programme contemplates an extensive transfer of technology in the naval engineering sector for military shipbuilding, combat and platform management systems. Brazilian yard Aliança-Oceana will act as the shipbuilder of the Águas Azuis Consortium, as well as transfer of technology receiver of military shipbuilding.
The vessels are based on ThyssenKrupp’s MEKO class which has been delivered to 14 different nations. Reports in Brazil say the corvettes are expected to measure about 103m long and displace up to 2,790 tonnes. Brazil intends to equip the ships with MBDA’s SeaCeptor air defence missile system which was selected for this purpose by the country in 2014. Other members of the winning consortium are Germany’s Atlas Elektronik and
Brazilian group Atech.