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Victor Barreira, Lisbon - Jane's Navy International
The Brazilian Navy is scheduled to receive four frigates between 2025 and 2028. Source: TKMS
Brazilian state-controlled company Emgepron has awarded a contract to the Águas Azuis consortium comprising Thyssen-Krupp Marine Systems (TKMS), Embraer Defesa & Segurança, and Atech Negócios em Tecnologias to build four Tamandaré-class frigates for the Brazilian Navy.
The main and offset contracts, worth about BRL9.1 billion (USD2 billion), were signed on 5 March at the state-controlled Arsenal de Marinha do Rio de Janeiro (AMRJ) shipyard in Rio de Janeiro.
The contract award marks the official start of ship construction programme. The four frigates - Tamandaré , Jerônimo de Albuquerque , Cunha Moreira , and Mariz e Barros - will be built by Brazilian shipbuilder Estaleiro Oceana in Itajaí, Santa Catarina. Under the contract terms the ships are expected to be commissioned between 2025 and 2028.
Águas Azuis was selected to supply the Brazilian Navy with four Tamandaré-class ships on 28 March 2019, after best-and-final offers were submitted by four consortiums on 8 March.
The frigates, which will be based on TKMS's MEKO A-100 design, are being acquired under the navy's Construction of the Naval Power Core strategic programme. The procurement effort is the Brazilian Navy's second acquisition priority, after the Submarines Development Programme (PROSUB).
The frigate fleet will carry out a wide range of roles, including surveillance, anti-air-, anti-submarine-, and anti-surface warfare, and search-and-rescue missions.