Brazilian Navy Selects Águas Azuis Consortium as Preferred Bidder for Tamandaré Class Corvette (CCT) Acquisition Project

Brazilian Navy has selected Águas Azuis Consortium for the Tamandaré Class Corvette (CCT) acquisition project, the service announced on Twitter.

The Águas Azuis Consortium is formed by Germany’s thyssenkrupp Marine Systems (TKMS), and Brazil’s Embraer Defense & Security and Atech Negócios em Tecnologias S.A. Brazilian  subcontractors of the consortium are Ares Aeroespacial e Defesa S.A, Fundação Ezute, Oceana Estaleiro S.A, Omnisys Engenharia Ltda, SKM Eletro Eletrônica Ltda and WEG equipamentos elétricos S.A.

“We are very honored by the Brazilian Navy to entrust us with the mission to build the Tamandaré Corvettes Class. Being part of the CCT Program reinforces our leadership position and the proven technologies we have offered to the naval defense industry around the world for almost two centuries”, said Dr. Rolf Wirtz, CEO of thyssenkrupp Marine Systems. “This partnership will bring high-skilled jobs and technology to Brazil, strengthening its defense industry”, Wirtz adds.

“In this consortium with thyssenkrupp Marine Systems we offer a solid national partnership model with proven capability to retain the transfer of technology, ensuring its development for future strategic defense projects in Brazil. We have always been confident and the today’s result demonstrates that our proposal has truly addressed the operational needs of the Brazilian Navy”, said Jackson Schneider, President and CEO of Embraer Defense & Security.

The Águas Azuis Consortium companies will now form a SPC (Specific Purpose Company) for the implementation phase of the program. The consortium offered a proposal based on MEKO A-100 light frigate design developed by the German company, Blohm + Voss.

Oceana will act as the ship builder of the Águas Azuis Consortium, as well as transfer of technology (ToT) receiver related to the project. Located in Itajaí (Santa Catarina State), a region with a strong vocation for shipbuilding, the shipyard is part of CBO Group, a company with more than 30 years’ experience in shipbuilding and offshore maritime operations. With approximately 310,000 square meters, Oceana has the capacity to build the Tamandaré Class Corvettes, and applies the most innovative engineering and construction processes, with high level of automation and cutting-edge technology. It also has facilities located in Niterói (Rio de Janeiro State), which can serve as logistics and services support base for the Brazilian Navy.

Atech, an Embraer Group company, will be the supplier of CMS (Combat Management System) and IPMS (Integrated Platform Management System) of the Tamandaré Class corvettes and receiver of transfer of technology (ToT) in cooperation with ATLAS ELEKTRONIK, a subsidiary of thyssenkrupp Marine Systems, and L3 MAPPS.

The four new corvettes are scheduled for delivery between 2024 and 2028.

MEKO’s modular design facilitates local integration and transfer of technology, helping to reduce cost of acquisition, maintenance and modernization. Atech will provide the Combat Management System (CMS) of the ships in a close cooperation with thyssenkrupp Marine Systems’ subsidiary Atlas Elektronik.

ORP Ślązak (241)
Rendering of ORP Ślązak (241), an Offshore Patrol Vessel based on Blohm + Voss MEKO A-100 corvette design being built for the Polish Navy.

Since 1982, 82 MEKO Class corvettes and frigates have been delivered to Marines from 14 different nations, 37 of which were produced outside Germany and all still in full operation – offering a life cycle of more than 40 years.

The Navy received nine commercial proposals for the project which were analyzed from a technical, legal, fiscal and budgetary / financial point of view and the abiding four proposals were shortlisted. The other shortlisted bidders were Damen (Netherlands)/ Saab (Sweden) team, Fincantieri (Italy) and Naval Group (France), all of whom are European shipbuilders.

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