Brazilian Navy Shortlists Four Bidders for its Tamandaré Class Corvette (CCT) Acquisition Project

The Brazilian Navy’s Program Management Board (DGePM) has shortlisted four bidders for its Tamandaré Class Corvette (CCT) acquisition project.

The shortlisted bidders are all led by European shipbuilders namely Damen (Netherlands)/ Saab (Sweden), Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems (TKMS) Germany, Fincantieri (Italy) and Naval Group (France).

The companies had formed consortia with local companies to offer their corvette design for the project. They are:

Consortium “ÁGUAS AZUIS

A consortium of Brazil’s Atech Negócios em Tecnologias S.A and Embraer S.A with ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems GmbH (TKMS, Germany) offering a corvette based on MEKO A-100 light frigate design developed by the German company Blohm + Voss. 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.

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


A consortium of Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding B.V (Netherlands) and Saab AB (Sweden) offering Damen’s Sigma 10514 ship design equipped with Saab’s 9LV Combat Management System. Subcontractors are Brazil’s CONSUB Defesa e Tecnologia S.A, WEG equipamentos elétricos S.A, and Wilson Sons Estaleiros Ltda.

Damen SIGMA 10514
Damen SIGMA 10514 corvette design.

Consortium “FLV”

A consortium of Fincantieri S.p.A, Leonardo S.p.A (both Italy) and Vard Promar S.A. (a subsidiary of Fincantieri with a shipyard in Brazil). The Italian proposal is based on the original design of the Brazilian Navy with the addition of inputs from the Italian manufacturer and its partners. Subcontractors are Fundação Ezute and Ares Aeroespacial e Defesa S.A.

Tamandaré Class Corvette
Brazilian Navy’s Tamandaré Class Corvette design.

Consortium “VILLEGAGNON”

A consortium of Naval Group (France) and Brazil’s Enseada Industria Naval S.A. and Mectron S.A. offering Gowind 2500 multi-mission corvette design with significant technology transfer (ToT) packages and offsets.

Gowind-class corvette
Naval Group Gowind-class corvette design.

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 failed bidders of the projects were:

+ BAE Systems (UK), CONSUB Defesa Tecnologia S.A. and Mac Laren Oil Estaleiros Ltda. – Type 31e frigate
+ Garden Research Shipbuilder Engineers (GRSE, India), ELBIT Systems Ltd (Israel) and SINERGY Group Corporate.
+ STM (Turkey), Estaleiro BrasFELS Ltda., Fundação Ezute, THALES (France) and Omnisys Engenharia Ltda.
+ Ukrinmash (Ukraine), Thales (France) and Arsenal de Marinha do Rio de Janeiro (AMRJ).

The request for proposal (RFP) for the construction of four new corvettes was issued in December last year. It was then announced by defense minister Raul Jungmann and navy chief Admiral Eduardo Bacellar Leal Ferreira while speaking at the Brazilian Naval Academy.

The project is conducted through the Gestão de Programas da Marinha (DGePM, Navy Program Management Board), in coordination with Empresa Gerencial de Projetos Navais (EMGEPRON, Management Company of Naval Projects).

Brazil is planning to spend around US$1.6 billion for the project and is looking to take delivery of the first vessel by 2021-22. According to the RFP, the vessels are to be built in Brazil, or with great involvement of the Brazilian industry, in collaboration with a foreign shipbuilder.

The corvettes should displace 2,790 metric tons, with 103.4 m length, 12.8 m width, and a top speed of 25 knots. The specifications are comparable with the corvette, Cv Barroso (V34), currently in service with the Brazilian Navy. The ships are to be equipped with MBDA’s SeaCeptor air defense missile system which was selected by Brazil in 2014.

Acquiring the corvettes is one of the Brazilian Navy’s top priorities, along with developing new conventional and nuclear-powered submarines.

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