The beginning of the construction process of four warships, which will be part of the Brazilian Navy Fleet – “Tamandaré Class” Frigates – was marked by a ceremony held on June 21, at thyssenkrupp Estaleiro Brasil Sul, in Itajaí (SC). ). On site, the mockup of the ship was presented, which is a compartment of the Frigate “Classe Tamandaré”. It is a reproduction in real dimensions of the section of one of the ship’s engine rooms.
The event was attended by the Navy Commander, Fleet Admiral Almir Garnier Santos, Senator Espiridião Amin, and Federal Deputies Carlos Chiodini, Colonel Armando and Caroline de Toni, members of the Admiralty and directors of the Águas Azuis Specific Purpose Society . The ceremony was also attended by members of the Sociedade Amigos da Marinha (SOAMAR) of the State of Santa Catarina.
The mockup or Qualification Section attests to the production quality of the Shipyard in relation to fabrication, transfer of construction documents, Information Technology interfaces applied to production, welding procedures, dimensional control processes of the structure and provision and handling of materials intended for the manufacture of Frigates.
These ships, scheduled for delivery between 2025 and 2029, will have high combat power and will be able to protect the extensive Brazilian maritime area, with more than 5,700 km², called “Blue Amazon” , carry out search and rescue and meet international commitments, for example. “They will be versatile escorts of significant combat power, capable of countering multiple threats and intended to protect maritime traffic, being able to carry out defense missions, near or far, of the Brazilian coast”, said the Director General of Navy Material, Fleet Admiral José Augusto Vieira da Cunha de Menezes, a member of the Admiralty.
Frigates can be used to protect the units that comprise the Main Corps of Naval Forces, and also in remote areas, forming Surface Action Groups or as Search and Attack Units for Submarines. The ships will be used in the patrol of Brazilian Jurisdictional Waters, with emphasis on inspection and protection of economic activities, mainly oil and fishing. “The ‘Classe Tamandaré’ Frigate Program is particularly important on the national scene due to its relevance to job creation and the development of the Defense Industrial Base in the country”, highlighted Admiral Cunha.
Production will be done with at least 30% local content on the first ship, and 40% from the second, which provides a gradual transfer of technology from naval engineering to the manufacture of military ships and combat and management systems. platform on Brazilian soil. The frigates will be based on the German MEKO project, already used on 82 vessels operating in navies in 15 countries.
According to the CEO of the Special Purpose Society Águas Azuis, Fernando Queiroz, the transfer of technology and production of ships with local content are important pillars of this construction. “We are enabling this shipyard to be able to work with the requirements of a defense ship, and also with the transfer of knowledge for software management, combat control system and platform control system, giving Brazil independence to generate its software updates.”
The Brazilian Navy has been conducting the “Tamandaré Class” Frigates Program since 2017, with the objective of promoting the renewal of the Fleet with four modern ships, of high technological complexity, built in the country. The Program is a fundamental element and an indispensable means both for the control of maritime areas of interest, avoiding the access of undesirable means by sea, as well as for the country to act under the aegis of international organizations and in support of foreign policy, compatible with the insertion of Brazil in the international scenario.
“With the construction of these ships in a national shipyard, with high levels of local content, and technology transfer, there will be an increase in the generation of jobs and strengthening of the Country’s Defense Industrial Base”, added the Director General of Navy Material.
On March 27, 2019, the Special Purpose Entity (SPE) “Águas Azuis” was announced as the best offer for the Program. “Águas Azuis” is formed by the companies thyssenkrupp Marine Systems, Atech and Embraer Defense and Security. On March 5, 2020, the Empresa Gestoral de Projetos Navais (EMGEPRON) and the SPE “Águas Azuis” signed the contracts for the construction of the “Tamandaré” Class, in a ceremony presided over by the Minister of Defense.
At that moment, the main contract for the acquisition, for construction in the country, of four frigates, and the related contract, which deals with the Compensation Agreement, were signed. The latter has as its objects the Transfers of Knowledge and Technology regarding the Combat Management System and the Integrated Platform Management System, as well as courses on operation and maintenance of future Frigates.