Argentina Resumes Construction of Training Ships

August 20, 2020 (Google Translation) – “The defense industry is strongly multiplying economic activity in all the countries of the world and Argentina has the possibility of being able to do so as well,” said Defense Minister Agustín Rossi.

The Defense Minister Agustin Rossi , announced this afternoon that the Astillero Rio Santiago finish the construction of two LICA boats to be used in instruction and training of cadets of the Navy Argentina. This initiative collaborates with the re-equipping of the Armed Forces, while promoting the defense industry and promoting national work.

“For us this new contract is very important because it allows us to complete the construction project of the two training boats for the naval school that we started in 2015,” explained Rossi, from the shipyard’s construction area, and highlighted: “It is an investment that will require around 80 million pesos specifically for the Río Santiago shipyard, and 20 million pesos for the Tandanor shipyard (in charge of making a part of the axis of the boat). We are talking about an investment of 100 million pesos, and about 500 workers that will involve the completion of the boats.

Speaking at the shipyard, the Defense Minister recalled that upon assuming as minister -in this second stage- and visiting the Naval Military School he was able to see the two LICA boats without completing their manufacture. “It is something that happens in Argentina and that we have to end. When a work begins and is not finished, it is the worst investment that can be made. One of the priorities that we set ourselves from that moment on was to create the conditions to be able to finish these boats “, said Rossi, and thanked the commitment of the shipyard, the Navy and the Undersecretariat of Logistics of the Ministry of Defense that” worked to celebrate this new contract with the expectation that within a year and a half we will have these boats working ”.

Along these lines, Rossi celebrated the opportunity to resume this work, that beyond the effects of the pandemic, “Argentina begins to perceive signs of recovery.” “It seems to me that this fact becomes more relevant because it means starting to underpin the development of an industry that in my opinion is a strategic industry, such as the defense industry,” he said, and concluded: “The defense industry is strongly multiplier of economic activity in all the countries of the world and Argentina has the possibility of being able to do it as well ”.

This morning at the Naval Military School, the Chief of the General Staff of the Navy, Rear Admiral Julio Guardia and the president of the Río Santiago ARS Shipyard, Ariel Basteiro, signed the new contract for the completion of these two boats, which establishes the reactivation of the project that will culminate in the national production of two naval prototypes.
After the signing, Rear Admiral Julio Guardia stated that “with the realization of this project the historical relationship of the Argentine Navy with Astilleros Río Santiago is reaffirmed”, and highlighted “the importance of these boats for the training of cadets and support to the community”.

For his part, the Minister of Science Production and Technological Innovation of the province of Buenos Aires, Augusto Costa pointed out that this contract “is very important since the Río Santiago Shipyard suffered a very great mistreatment in the previous management. We are working to put the Shipyard on its feet, which has great potential to generate work and which has to be part of the productive reconstruction of the Province. ”

In turn, Basteiro thanked “the impulse and efforts” carried out by Minister Costa, who from the beginning of his mandate at the head of the productive portfolio “understood that the largest shipyard in the country had to be restarted. and recover the leadership of Argentine naval production ”. And he concluded: “Today is a very important day. We were able to achieve the objective that we had been working on since the beginning of our administration with the Minister of Defense, Agustín Rossi, which was to resume this work to keep it in good condition and increase the assets of our Navy ”.

This is a project for the production of boats that enhances the equipment of the Armed Forces, fosters the defense industry and promotes national work. This project began to be developed in 2015 and lasted until 2018, when the work was paralyzed by decision of the government of Mauricio Macri.

The Tandanor shipyard will join as another link in the national production chain of the LICA from the manufacture of the propeller shafts of the training boats that have a length of 36 meters, a beam of 8 meters and capacity for 40 crew members .

Main characteristics of the LICA boats
– Total Length: 36.00 m
– Beam: 8.00 m
– Depth: 3.80 m
– Draft: 2.2 m
– Installed power: 2 x 405 kW (550 HP) c / u
– Speed ​​in free navigation: 12 knots approx.
– Fuel tanks volume: 67 m3
– Fresh water volume: 25 m3
– Crew: 40.

The LICA is an instruction boat for cadets, built in naval steel, designed to give safe instruction at sea and that allows them to train in the marine environment in basic and advanced navigation, damage control, refueling at sea on a safe platform and robust.

The launch will have a continuous main deck and saltillo to the bow and a double bottom from the forward bulkhead of the engine room to the forward ticket office. All cadet accommodation will be under the main deck, officers and classrooms will be above the deck. On the superstructure of the habitability the Bridge will be located with a routing room and communications, with wide visibility, and access from the inside and outside.

The ship will develop a maximum speed equal to or greater than 11.5 knots and a cruising speed of 10 knots. For this it will have two fixed pitch propellers, each one coupled to a diesel engine.

The chief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Armed Forces, Brigadier General, Juan Martín Paleo; the Undersecretary of Planning and Executive Coordination in Emergencies, Lucía Kersul; the National Director of Operational Planning for Defense, Octavio Frías; and the mayors of Ensenada, Mario Secco; and from Berisso, Fabián Cagliardi.