BUENOS AIRES (BG) – The Brazilian Navy has agreed to transfer two Tupi class submarines – Type 209/1400 – to Argentina, following a meeting between Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro and his Argentine counterpart, Mauricio Macro, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, quoting Jane`s.
The deal includes a potential future transfer of an additional two boats.
The first two could be transferred during 2019 and the ships would then receive some minor repairs at Tandanor shipyard in Argentina before entering service in 2020.
The Tupi class of four vessels was commissioned between 1989 and 1999 and is slated to be replaced by the four Tonelero-class submarines of the Scorpene type in the near future.
Type 209 submarines are armed with 8 bow 533 mm torpedo tubes and 14 torpedoes. The Type 209/1200s used by Greece and South Korea, and the Type 209/1400s used by Turkey are also armed with Sub-Harpoon missiles. Ships used by South Korea can be armed with 28 mines in place of torpedoes and Harpoon missiles; while the Indian ships can carry 24 mines externally.
The class can be armed with a variety of torpedo models depending upon the country. The majority of boats carry SUT – Surface and Underwater Target (Greece, India, Indonesia, South Africa, South Korea) or the SST – Special Surface Target (Argentina, Peru, Turkey’s 209/1200s, Venezuela) torpedoes. The boats can also carry the Mark 24 Tigerfish (Brazil, Turkey’s Preveze class 209/1400), DM2A3 (Colombia), Blackshark (Chile), A184 mod. 3 (Ecuador), DM2A4 (Turkey’s Gür class 209/1400) and Mark 37 (Argentina).
Brazil’s boats will receive new integrated combat systems from Lockheed Martin to enable use of the Mark 48 torpedo. Successful tests of the new combat system occurred on Tapajó S-33 in December 2011.
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