Monday, May 24, 2010

Brazil's Coming Used Submarine Sale on Target

Last August M.E. had asked readers:
What will Brazil do with its current fleet of 5 submarines by 2021? Brazil's current fleet consists of a 209 class sub constructed by Germany's HDW and 3 more built by Arsenal de Marinha do Rio de Janeiro (AMRJ). AMRJ launched its improved Tupi class Tikuna, in 2005.
M.E. predicted that spending $10 billion on a nuclear subs would induce Brazil's Navy (Marinha do Brasil) to:
(1) Update its submarine insignia. ( here is the current design)
(2) Sell some of its used submarines. If Hugo Chavez is still in power, Venezueula would like to buy 1 or 2, depending upon condition, and immediately sell the HDW 209 to Iran. Ahmadinejad (if still in power) plans to upgrade the HDW 209 using Russian assistance.
UPDATES: According to a recent report from Brazil, domestic submarine reactors are on a schedule. Also, Hugo Chavez has been solidifying his reign for life; and at least one design for a new submarine insignia may be under consideration by 2011. Oh, and remember, Ahmadinejad succeeded in his intervening election.

Submarines are always silent and strange.



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