Brazil Picks DCNS for Sub Programs
By AMI INTERNATIONAL INC.
France’s Direction des Constructions Navales Services (DCNS)
has been awarded a contract by the
Brazilian Navy to form a joint venture to build the Scorpène submarine design in Brazil.
With its Brazilian partner, Rio de
Janeiro-based Norberto Odebrecht
Construction Co., DCNS will act as
prime contractor to construct four
conventionally powered attack
submarines. DCNS will produce
key advanced-technology equipment in its own plants.
The submarines will be designed
in cooperation with the Brazilian
teams under DCNS’ design authority to meet the Brazilian Navy’s specific need to protect and defend the
country’s coast. The first submarine
is scheduled to enter active service
The Scorpène design was jointly
developed by DNCS and Spain’s
Navantia. Chile, Malaysia and
India also have ordered Scorpènes.
As part of this contract, DCNS
also will provide design assistance,
under the Brazilian Navy’s design
authority, for the non-nuclear part
of the Navy’s first nuclear submarine, which also will be built by the
joint venture. The Brazilian nuclear
submarine program, known as
SNAC- 2, has been progressing at an
extremely slow pace since 1979.
However, in 2008, the sea service
announced that it was rededicating
its efforts to get the program moving forward.
Additionally, DCNS will provide
prime contractor assistance to
Odebrecht for the construction of
the naval shipyard that will build
the five submarines and a naval
base for the Brazilian Navy.
AMI INTERNATIONAL INC.
A French-Brazilian joint venture will build four conventionally powered submarines for the Brazilian Navy based on the Scorpène design, shown above.
A fifth submarine will be nuclear powered.
First FFX Frigate
For South Korea
Is Under Contract
South Korea’s Defense Acquisition
Program Administration has awarded Hyundai Heavy Industries a construction contract for the first unit
of the Republic of Korea Navy’s
(ROKN’s) next-generation frigate,
the 3,100-ton Fast Frigate eXperimental (FFX).
The FFX program is expected to
total 24 vessels, and all units are
expected to enter service by 2020.
The first unit is scheduled to be laid
down this year and commissioned
by 2011. Two variants of the FFX
frigates are planned: anti-surface
warfare and anti-submarine warfare.
The FFX frigate will replace the
ROKN’s existing Ulsan-class frigates
and Pohang- and Donghae-class
corvettes, most of which were built
during the 1980s. While the FFX is
not intended for sustained blue-water operations, its expected operational range is greater than that of
its predecessors, as it is designed to
operate not only within South
Korea’s exclusive economic zone but
also along the sea lines of communication stretching between China
and Japan’s Ryukyu island chain.
In addition to Hyundai Heavy
Industries, three remaining South
Korean naval shipbuilders —
Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine
Engineering, Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction and STX
Shipbuilding — are expected to bid
for the construction of the remaining
23 FFX units.