The Brazilian Navy is seeking to commission the UK Royal Navy’s HMS Ocean landing platform helicopter (LPH) by June 2018, the navy told Jane’s on 6 December.
The navy is authorised to negotiate with the United Kingdom towards a GBP84.6 million (USD113 million) procurement. Prior to receiving the ship, maintenance and training activities would be done in the United Kingdom.
The 22,000-tonne Ocean , in Brazilian service, could host the navy’s Super Cougar, Super Puma, Super Lynx, and Sea Hawk naval helicopters.
Transfer of the LPH’s three Raytheon Mk 15 Phalanx Block 1B close-in weapon systems is not part of the deal, the navy said.