3 OPVs for Brazil

According to an article in Maritime Propulsion, the Brazilian Navy is to buy three Offshore Patrol Vessels from BAE SYSTEMS, UK with two ships being delivered in 2012 and the third in 2013.

The contract includes supply of ancillary support services and a technology transfer agreement allowing licensed production of further vessels in Brazil. The three vessels were originally built for Trinidad and Tobago and became available following contract cancellation.

A technology transfer arrangement was made for the 90m OPV with Thailand whereby a ship was built to this design by Bangkok Dock for the Royal Thai Navy.

The 90 meter Offshore Patrol Vessel is designed to perform Economic Exclusion Zone management roles, including the provision of maritime security to coastal areas and disaster relief operations. The 90 meter patrol ship design is based on the smaller 80 meter River Class patrol vessels presently in service with…………[click here to continue reading]

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