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Four corvettes for Brazil

The Águas Azuis consortium, consisting of thyssenkrupp Marine Systems, Embraer Defense & Security and Atech, has been selected as the preferred bidder by the Brazilian Navy for the construction of four Corvette-class Tamandaré (CCT) defense ships.

The result, announced on March 28, marks a new milestone for the country's maritime defense and marine industries. Under the leadership of thyssenkrupp Marine Systems, the member companies of the Águas Azuis consortium will become a Specific Purpose Company for constitute the execution phase of the program. The companies and their subsidiaries have a longstanding relationship and a strong presence in the country. This solid and strong partnership in Brazil is characterized in particular by the fact that it not only secures proven technologies for the CCT program in the long term, but also further develops future strategic defense projects in the country.

“We really appreciate that the Brazilian Navy has entrusted us with the construction of the Corvettes of the Tamandaré class. Participation in the CCT program strengthens our leadership position as well as the proven technologies that we have been offering the maritime defense industry worldwide for almost two centuries, ”commented Dr. Rolf Wirtz, CEO of thyssenkrupp Marine Systems. “This partnership is going to be high
Bring skilled jobs and technologies into the country and strengthen Brazil's defense industry, ”added Dr. Wirtz added. “In the consortium with thyssenkrupp Marine Systems, we offer a solid national partnership model with the proven ability to secure the technology transfer in the long term and to enable its further development for future strategic defense projects in Brazil. We have always been confident that our offering will meet the operational needs of the Brazilian Navy, ”added Jackson Schneider, President and CEO of Embraer Defense & Security.

National sovereignty

With the CCT program, the Brazilian Navy will expand and modernize its fleet. With the commissioning of the four corvettes between 2024 and 2028, the Navy will receive new escort ships. Their main tasks are to ward off possible threats, protect maritime traffic and monitor Brazilian territorial waters - the so-called "Blue Amazon" with a total area of ​​over 4.5 million km². The escort ships will also play an important role in peace missions and humanitarian operations, and thus make an important contribution to Brazilian diplomacy.

The CCT program will make valuable contributions to the Brazilian economy:
● A local share of more than 40% in shipbuilding and the development of state-of-the-art systems;
● Creation of more than 1,000 direct and approx. 4,000 indirect jobs;
● Promoting competitiveness to meet the future needs of the Brazilian Navy and exporting naval defense products;
● involvement of research and development centers;
● In-service support capability for lifelong maintenance of high-tech products.

The program includes a strong technology transfer for military shipbuilding as well as for command and platform management systems. As one of the most modern shipyards in Brazil, the Aliança-Oceana as shipbuilder of the Águas Azuis consortium will be the recipient of the technology transfer in military shipbuilding. The shipyard is located in Itajaí (state of Santa Catarina), a region with a strongly developed shipbuilding industry. The shipyard is part of the Oceana Offshore Group, a company with more than 20 years of experience in shipbuilding and ship operation for offshore oil extraction. With an area of ​​around 31 hectares, Oceana is equipped to build 4 to 6 offshore ships with state-of-the-art engineering and construction systems per year - with the associated high degree of automation and the use of state-of-the-art technology.

The company also has facilities in Niterói (state of Rio de Janeiro) that can serve as a logistics and service base for the Brazilian Navy. Atech, a company of the Embraer Group, will supply the CMS (Combat Management System) and IPMS (Integrated Platform Management System) for the Tamandaré corvettes and is the recipient of the technology transfer in cooperation with ATLAS ELEKTRONIK (a subsidiary of thyssenkrupp Marine Systems) and L3 MAPPS . With offices in Rio de Janeiro (RJ) and São Paulo (SP), Atech employs more than 500 engineers specializing in the development of software and hardware for defense applications and has unique expertise in systems engineering as well as technologies for position determination and decision-making. Embraer Defense & Security will integrate the sensors and weapons into the deployment system and bring its 50 years of experience in service support solutions to the program.

The MEKO® class - authentic ships for the high seas

The Águas Azuis consortium has submitted an offer to the Brazilian Navy based on the proven concept of the MEKO® class, a worldwide reference for proven solutions in shipbuilding. The module-based design simplifies the local integration of systems and technology transfer, and contributes to the reduction of acquisition, maintenance and modernization costs. The MEKO® class combines the latest technology and robust combat capability and is a real ocean-going ship. The ships have exceptional properties in terms of range and standing power. As a result, several navies worldwide have a flexible, versatile combat platform and advanced ships for different missions.

Since 1982, 82 corvettes and frigates of the MEKO® class have been delivered to navies from 14 different nations, 37 of these ships were built outside of Germany and are still in use - with an expected service life of more than 40 years. The MEKO® class combines the advantages of five ship generations thanks to its continuous design optimization, in which the best design features of each ship are carried over to the next generation and further developed. This ensures that the solid and proven technologies, materials and standards that have already been proven can be passed on.

Text and photo: thyssenkrupp Marine Systems

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