could buy the 3 BAE System's OPV that were canceled by Trinidad and Tobago
The Brazilian Navy could soon announce the purchase of offshore patrol
vessels to BAE Systems. These three vessels built for the Trinidad and
Tobago Coast Guards were ordered in 2007 and then canceled in 2010 after
a change of government. The Brazilian Navy would also buy an optional
five extra vessels of the same type.
According to the Brazilian newspaper ALIDE, the purchase by the Brazilian
Navy of three British-built OPV is about to be concluded. There were
only a few points left to be addressed, such as offsets and financing.
aspects have already been discussed while the political aspects are
now the focus for the Brazilian Navy and the Brazilian Department of
One of the three BAE System's "Port of Spain" class
originaly ordered by Trinidad and Tobago
(picture: BAE Systems)
In additition to the 3 "used" OPV deal,
Brazil could build under license from BAE Systems 5 additional units.
A proposal that is said to appeal to Brazilian admirals.
The three "Port
of Spain" class offshore patrol vessels have a displacement
of 2.000t. They were built between 2008 and 2010 for the Trinidad
and Tobago Coast Guards. The contract was signed in 2007 and
canceled in 2010 by the newly elected government of the Caribbean island.
They have a length of 90.5 meters, a width of 13.5 meters and a crew
complement of 60 sailors. They can reach 25 knots.