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Brazil seeks to strengthen maritime protection with new patrol ships

Brazil aims to gradually procure nine NPa-500BR CPVs, shown here in a rendering, as part of the PRONAPA programme. (EMGEPRON )

The Brazilian Navy is looking to award a construction contract for an initial four 564 tonne indigenous coastal patrol vessels (CPVs) in 2025, the Director of the the Navy Program Management Directorate (DGePM), Rear Admiral Carlos Roberto Rocha e Silva Junior, told Janes on 21 June.

This acquisition is to be funded via the growth acceleration plan established by the Brazilian federal government in August 2023.

The navy hopes to award the CPV detailed engineering project in 2024 to state-owned company Empresa Gerencial Projetos Navais (EMGEPRON), and to award the construction deal to Itaguaí ConstruçÔes Navais in 2025.

Commissioning of the ships into the Brazilian Navy would take place between 2027 and 2030, Rear Adm Roberto said.

The project, known as NPa-500BR, is part of the Programa de Obtenção de Navios-Patrulha (PRONAPA). NPa-500BR calls for nine vessels to replace BracuĂ­-class and GrajaĂș-class patrol vessels. The Naval Systems Projects Center earlier developed the engineering project for the 58.9 m-long NPa-500BR.

According to Rear Adm Roberto, PRONAPA also hopes to acquire five 1,800 tonne offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) to meet the project NPaOc-BR requirements, which he estimates could cost about USD95 million per unit. A request for quotation (RFQ) for the NPaOc-BR project ran between March and June 2021, with five proposals analysed.

Another option under consideration to meet the NPaOc-BR requirement is buying BAE Systems River-class Batch 2 OPVs for construction in Brazil, with funding assistance from the United Kingdom's Export Finance credit facility, Rear Adm Roberto told Janes .

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