The contract calls for the delivery of one Makassar-class LPD,
with potential options for additional units as the MdB has four antiquated large amphibious ships that
are in need of replacement. The
first LPD will be built by Daewoo
Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering
(DSME), with any follow-on units
built in Brazil with South Korea’s
assistance, similar to the Peruvian
Makassar program. Construction
could begin next year.
The contract also calls for the
delivery of one 2,800-ton frigate,
although more may be ordered at a
later date. The MdB has a requirement to replace all six Niteroi-class
frigates and three Inhauma-class
The 2,800-ton frigate is believed
to be based on the DW-3000H frigate design. Construction on the first
hull could begin next year at DSME,
with commissioning in 2020. Any
follow-on units will be built in
Brazil. Three optional units may be
built under this program, allowing
for a future frigate force of four
2,800-ton South Korean frigates as
well as four indigenous 2,400-ton
Tamandare-class frigates based on
the Barroso corvette design.
To Arm Italian OPVs
MBDA Italia awarded a contract to
DCNS for the supply of missiles and
Sylver A50 VLS (Vertical Launching
Systems) that will be installed on
the Italian Navy’s Pattugliatori
Polivalenti d’Altura (PPA) OPVs
that began construction in 2015.
Each PPA OPV will be fitted with
two Sylver A50 eight-cell VLS and be
equipped with the MBDA Aster 30
surface-to-air missile, and possibly
the future CAMM-ER SAM that is
currently in the development stage.
The PPA OPV program will see
five units commissioned between
2021 and 2025, along with five
units of the PPA frigate program
that will be commissioned between
2023 and 2029.
L- 3 to Acquire
L- 3 Communications has entered
into an agreement to acquire Micreo
Ltd. of Brisbane, Australia, a manu-
facturer of specialized electronic
warfare (EW) subsystems.
Following the acquisition,
Micreo will be integrated into the
Electronic Systems segment and be
renamed L- 3 Micreo. The company
is expected to generate $27 million
in sales for calendar year 2017.
Micreo specializes in products
that utilize high-performance microwave, millimeter wave and photonic
AMI International Inc., Bremerton, Wash.,
is an international consulting and naval
intelligence services company located on
the web at www.amiinter.com.