TKMS, Embraer, Atech awarded contract to build Brazilian Tamandaré frigates

MEKO-Class Frigate

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 Tamandaré-class is based on Thyssenkrupp Meko 200 series Frigate modified for Brazilian requirements.

The MEKO A-200 is based on Thyssen-Krupp MEKO 200 series in a long line of general-purpose frigates. A fighting ship capable of full 4-dimensional warfare (AAW, ASW and ASuW, BCW), the MEKO A-200 is also designed for sustained operations across the full spectrum of general missions and tasks: patrol and interdiction, support of special force operations, SAR, and humanitarian operations.

The main and offset contracts, worth about 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.

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