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Brazilian frigate

On March 24th, the Brazilian Navy and Águas Azuis, a Special Purpose Entity (SPE) formed by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, Embraer Defense & Security and Atech, celebrated another milestone in the construction of the Tamandaré frigate: the ship’s keel laying. The ceremony, which took place at ThyssenKrupp Estaleiro Brasil Sul in Itajaí, Santa Catarina, was attended by the Commander of the Navy Fleet Admiral Marcos Sampaio Olsen, and other civil and military authorities from the defense sector and the naval industry.

Tamandaré frigate keel laying marks innovation in military shipbuilding in Brazil

Traditionally celebrated in shipbuilding, the keel laying takes place when the keel, the «backbone» of the vessel, is completed, allowing the construction of the other parts. Nowadays, with the engineering evolution and the modern production processes adopted in the Tamandaré Class Frigates Program (PFCT), it is possible for the ships to be built in blocks. In the case of the Tamandaré frigate, the first of the four ships in the PFCT, the keel laying was characterized by the positioning at its building site of an important structural block, which corresponds to the forward engine room. In this metal structure, which weighs approximately 52 tons, two engines, a gearbox and several pumps and auxiliary equipment will be installed.

Fleet Admiral Arthur Fernando Bettega Corrêa, General Director of Navy Materiel, highlighted the importance of this ritual: «Today, we witnessed the meeting of tradition with compelling technological modernity, resulting in the optimization of production and increased security for both employees and information».

Oliver Burkhard, CEO of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, added: «We will provide the Brazilian Navy with high-end frigates that combine the edge of naval technology, innovation and robust combat capabilities and that will contribute greatly to Brazil’s national security in protecting the Amazônia Azul and beyond».

F Tamandaré (F200)
F Tamandaré (F200)



The construction model, which provides for production in blocks to be joined later, offers several advantages over the old method. In this way, it is possible to install accessories and foundations in advance, in addition to facilitating the placement of equipment on board and enabling work to proceed in different stages in a segregated manner for each unit. The process also increases employee safety by keeping spaces open longer during construction.

The innovations involved in the PFCT extend throughout the entire production chain. Historically, projects of this size are developed from a large number of printed documents, such as drawings, procedures and manuals, which require many copies and recurring updates. In this sense, the shipyard has implemented a methodology for engineering projects called «Paperless», which consists of eliminating the use of paper drawings in the frigate’s production line, transforming them into digital files. This approach brings advantages for the information security of the documents, due to the confidentiality required in a military project, and also benefits the environment.


Next stages

The state of PFCT construction is advancing within schedule, and currently represents 34% of its total evolution. For the next stages, it is planned to build the block that forms the aft engine room, with the positioning of the equipment and engines in place. Next, the built blocks will complete the central structures of the ship. It should be noted that, of the more than fifty structural units that make up the construction sequence of the first Tamandaré Class frigate, about a quarter are in the process of structural assembly at ThyssenKrupp Estaleiro Brasil Sul, and others are already cut and shaped, with panels and subassemblies completed.

As for the qualification of the personnel who will be responsible for maintaining the ship’s systems, around 50% of the activities regarding systems engineering and integrated logistic support have already been concluded. The launch of the Tamandaré frigate is estimated for mid-2024 and its delivery to the Brazilian Navy at the end of 2025. The cutting of the hull plate of the second Tamandaré Class frigate is expected to take place later this year.


Increase in the protection of Brazilian Jurisdictional Waters (BJW)

Conducted since 2017 by the Brazilian Navy, executed by Águas Azuis and managed by Empresa Gerencial de Projetos Navais (EMGEPRON), the Tamandaré Class Frigates Program is the most modern and innovative naval project developed in the country, comprising the building, within national territory, of four defense ships of high technological complexity. The vessels must reach operational capacity to respond and protect the «Blue Amazon», generating technology transfer and perpetual license, and promoting local industry and civil construction in the country. The Brazilian Navy predicts that the program, as a whole, could create around 2,000 direct jobs and 6,000 indirect jobs.



On June 21st, 2022, a prototype of the engine room compartment section was completed; this is used for the qualification of various processes related to the manufacture of the vessels. As a highlight of the stages already carried out, the hull plate of the first Tamandaré Class frigate was cut on September 5th, 2022, this being considered the main milestone for the beginning of the construction phase.

Defence variants

BAE Systems and Embraer Defense & Security have announced plans to embark on a joint study to explore the development of Eve’s electric Vertical Take Off and Landing (eVTOL) vehicle for the defence and security market.

BAE Systems and Embraer to explore potential defence variants for the Eve eVTOL aircraft

The joint study builds on Eve’s development for the urban air mobility market and will look at how the aircraft could provide cost-effective, sustainable and adaptable capability as a defence variant.

Engineers from BAE Systems’ Air sector in Lancashire, UK, will work together with the Embraer Defense & Security team based São José dos Campos, in Brazil to explore how a defence variant could be used for a range of applications such as personnel transportation, surveillance and reconnaissance, disaster relief and humanitarian response.

Eve’s eVTOL could help to transform defence operations, whilst reducing their environmental impact – at a much lower operating cost than today’s platforms.

«This collaboration with one of the leading defence companies in the world on this exciting and game-changing technology is in line with our goal to establish strategic partnerships. We look forward to exploring more ways our two organisations can work together and benefit from those rich experiences and reputations. The collaboration allows us to tap into talent from across the globe in our shared interest to develop innovative and sustainable solutions for the skies», said Jackson Schneider, president and CEO, Embraer Defense & Security.

«Bringing together Embraer’s innovative technology in the commercial sector with our extensive defence engineering and systems integration experience will help us to accelerate the pace of new innovations. This joint study is a great example of how we’re delivering against our commitment to collaborate to explore new and sustainable technologies for our customers», said Ian Muldowney, Chief Operating Officer, BAE Systems Air sector.

The all-electric aircraft is part of Embraer’s commitment towards more sustainable aviation and has come out of Eve, an independent company dedicated to accelerating the global Urban Air Mobility (UAM) ecosystem. The joint study directly supports BAE Systems’ strategy to accelerate sustainable technology development through increased investment in research and development, as well as working with industry partners, Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) and academia.

Tamandaré Class

The Águas Azuis Consortium, formed by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, Embraer Defense & Security and Atech, was selected by the Brazilian Navy for the construction of four defense ships in the Tamandaré Corvettes Class Program (CCT) as preferred bidder. The result was announced on March 28, 2019 and represents a new milestone for the country’s maritime defense and naval industry.

ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems and Embraer equip the Brazilian Navy for the future
ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems and Embraer equip the Brazilian Navy for the future

With ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems’ leadership and its naval systems expertise, the Águas Azuis Consortium companies will now form a Specific Purpose Company (SPC) for the implementation phase of the program. Based on a long-term relationship and strong presence in Brazil, companies and their subsidiaries have built a solid national partnership with proven capability to retain technology and ensure its development not only for the CCT Program, but also for future strategic defense projects in the country.

«We are very honored by the Brazilian Navy to entrust us with the mission to build the Tamandaré Corvettes Class. Being part of the CCT Program reinforces our leadership position and the proven technologies we have offered to the naval defense industry around the world for almost two centuries», said Doctor Rolf Wirtz, CEO of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems. «This partnership will bring high-skilled jobs and technology to Brazil, strengthening its defense industry», Wirtz adds.

«In this consortium with ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems we offer a solid national partnership model with proven capability to retain the transfer of technology, ensuring its development for future strategic defense projects in Brazil. We have always been confident and the today’s result demonstrates that our proposal has truly addressed the operational needs of the Brazilian Navy», said Jackson Schneider, President and CEO of Embraer Defense & Security.


National Sovereignty

With the CCT Program, the Brazilian Navy will expand and modernize its fleet. With four corvettes scheduled for delivery between 2024 and 2028, the Navy will now have new Escort Ships to counter possible threats, ensure the protection of maritime traffic, and control the Brazilian jurisdictional waters, the so-called Blue Amazon, which totals over 4.5 million km². The escort ships will also play an important role in peace and humanitarian aid missions, in contribution to the Brazilian Diplomacy.

Águas Azuis Consortium was chosen as the preferred bidder to build four new Tamandaré Class Corvettes
Águas Azuis Consortium was chosen as the preferred bidder to build four new Tamandaré Class Corvettes

The CCT Program will bring real contributions to the Brazilian economy:

  • Local content of more than 40% during ships building and the development of state-of-the-art systems;
  • Generation of more than 1,000 direct jobs and approximately 4,000 indirect jobs;
  • Competitiveness to meet the future demands of the Brazilian Navy and export of naval defense products;
  • Inclusion of research and development centers;
  • In-service support capability to a high-tech and long-life product.

The program contemplates a solid Transfer of Technology (ToT) in the naval engineering for military shipbuilding, combat and platform management systems.

One of the most modern shipyards in Brazil, Aliança-Oceana will act as the ship builder of the Águas Azuis Consortium, as well as ToT receiver of military shipbuilding. Located in Itajaí (Santa Catarina State), a region with a strong vocation for shipbuilding, the shipyard is part of Oceana Offshore Group, a company with more than 20 years’ experience in shipbuilding and offshore maritime operations. With approximately 310,000 square meters, Oceana has the capacity to build 4 to 6 ships per year, and applies the most innovative engineering and construction processes, with high level of automation and cutting-edge technology. It also has facilities located in Niterói (Rio de Janeiro State), which can serve as logistics and services support base for the Brazilian Navy.

Atech, an Embraer Group company, will be the supplier of CMS (Combat Management System) and IPMS (Integrated Platform Management System) of the Tamandaré Class corvettes and receiver of ToT in cooperation with ATLAS ELEKTRONIK, a subsidiary of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, and L3 MAPPS. Located in Rio de Janeiro (RJ) and São Paulo (SP), Atech has 500 engineers specializing in software and hardware development for defense applications and has unique expertise in systems engineering and situational awareness technologies of decision-making.

Embraer Defense & Security will integrate sensors and weaponry into the combat system, bringing the program to its 50 years’ experience in in-service support solutions.


The MEKO Class – authentic ship for blue waters

The Águas Azuis Consortium presented to the Brazilian Navy a proposal based on the concept of the MEKO Class, a world reference through proven solutions in shipbuilding. Its modular design facilitates local integration and transfer of technology, helping to reduce acquisition, maintenance and modernization costs. Combining state-of-the-art technology, innovation and robust combat capabilities, the MEKO Class is a true-blue water vessel. These vessels have exceptional qualities of autonomy and robustness. As a result, several Navies from all over the world have a flexible, versatile combat platform and a general naval environment for diversified mission profiles.

The MEKO Class – authentic ship for blue waters
The MEKO Class – authentic ship for blue waters

Since 1982, 82 MEKO Class corvettes and frigates have been delivered to Marines from 14 different nations, 37 of which were produced outside Germany and all still in full operation – offering a life cycle of more than 40 years. This class combines the benefits of five generations of ships thanks to its design iteration, whereby the best design characteristics of each vessel evolve into the next, ensuring that the new generations have solid, proven maturity, technology, materials and standards.