Brazilian Navy orders three Ocean Patrol Vessels from BAE

The Brazilian Navy has signed a contract worth £133m with BAE Systems for the supply of three Ocean Patrol Vessels and ancillary support services.

The contract also contains a Manufacturing Licence to enable further vessels of the same class to be constructed in Brazil.

The three 90m vessels are intended to provide the Brazilian Navy with enhanced maritime capability in the near term, pending the acquisition of future ships under its PROSUPER programme (Brazil’s current surface ship acquisition plan).

The first two ships will be delivered in 2012, with the third to follow in early 2013.