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Brazilian Navy chief says new nuclear submarine will be delayed until late 2020s

17 October 2018
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Brazil’s new modern nuclear submarine, which was initially expected to enter service as early as 2021, will now likely be delayed until the end of that decade, according to Admiral Eduardo Bacellar Leal Ferreira, commander of the Brazilian Navy.

The submarine should be ready “by the late 2020s”, Adm Leal Ferreira said recently.

Brazil and France signed a deal for the Submarine Development Program (PROSUB) on December 2008, but a decade later, construction of the nuclear submarine, Álvaro Alberto (SN-10), has yet to commence. The schedule has been regularly modified, and at one point it was expected that construction would begin in 2015 and be completed by 2021.

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