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Brazil will again delay the construction start of first new frigate

The Brazilian Navy is planning to start the construction of the first MEKO A-100MB Tamandaré-class general purpose modular frigate in September, an additional five-month delay for programme milestone that was supposed to begin in 2021.

The contract, awarded by the Brazilian state-controlled company Empresa Gerencial de Projetos Navais (EMGEPRON) on 5 March 2020 to Águas Azuis consortium, initially called to debut construction of the first of four ships in 2021 for commissioning in 2024.

Vice Admiral José Augusto Vieira da Cunha de Menezes, Navy Material general director, said in October 2020 the construction would begin in April 2022.

However, the navy confirmed on 26 January 2022 the additional delay until September during a visit by the Commander of Naval Operations, Fleet Admiral Marcos Sampaio Olsen, to the shipyard where the ships will be built.

The frigates F Tamandaré , F Jerônimo de Albuquerque , F Cunha Moreira, and F Mariz e Barros will be built in Itajaí, State of Santa Catarina by thyssenkrupp Estaleiro Brasil Sul to meet the Tamandaré-class Frigate Program (PFCT), part of the Surface Ships Program (PROSUPER) of the Strategic Project 'Construction of the Naval Power Core' for commissioning by the Brazilian Navy from 2025 till 2028, according to the latest delivery schedule.

The 2020 contract also includes an offset package for training related to the life cycle and logistics support of the ships, training tools, and transfer of technology to Atech by Atlas Elektronik and L3Harris of the Combat Management System (CMS) and Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS) respectively.

The Brazilian Navy could order two more frigates, extending the total to six boats, the service earlier told Janes .

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