First Brazil ship ready for ocean voy­age

SP's MAI - - MILITARY -

Ama­zonas, the first of three BAE Sys­tems-built ocean pa­trol ves­sels (OPVs) be­ing de­liv­ered for the Brazil­ian Navy, de­parted the UK for Rio de Janeiro re­cently af­ter her crew com­pleted a rig­or­ous pro­gramme of Flag Of­fi­cer Sea Train­ing with the Royal Navy, off the South Coast.

Nigel Ste­wart, Com­mer­cial Di­rec­tor of BAE Sys­tems Maritime, said: “Say­ing farewell to the first ship in the Ama­zonas class is a sig­nif­i­cant stage in our on­go­ing re­la­tion­ship with the Brazil­ian Navy and is a source of great pride to those who worked on her. We look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing our work with the Brazil­ian Navy to de­liver the next two ocean pa­trol ves­sels Apa and Araguari over the com­ing months.”

The OPVs will pro­vide Brazil with en­hanced maritime ca­pa­bil­ity. With a 30mm can­non and two 25mm guns, as well as two rigid in­flat­able boats and a he­li­copter flight deck ca­pa­ble of land­ing a medi­um­sized he­li­copter, the ships are ideal for per­form­ing maritime se­cu­rity in Brazil’s ter­ri­to­rial wa­ters, in­clud­ing the pro­tec­tion of the coun­try’s oil and gas re­serves. The ves­sels ac­com­mo­date a crew of 80, with ad­di­tional ac­com­mo­da­tion for 40 em­barked troops or pas­sen­gers and am­ple deck space for con­tainer stor­age. on July 28 was per­formed by MiG-29KUB, pi­loted by RAC MiG test pi­lots Mikhail Belyaev and Niko­lai Diorditsa. Then the pi­lots made the first take-off from the air­craft car­rier and one suc­cess­ful land­ing on the deck. On July 29, the car­rier with MiG-29KUB on board took part in the parade of the North­ern Fleet, de­voted to the Day of the Rus­sian Navy.

Flights of the MiG’s ship­borne fight­ers from the car­rier are car­ried out in ac­cor­dance with the plans of In­dia. Af­ter com­plet­ing tri­als the car­rier ( be­fore upgra­da­tion — the heavy air­craft-car­ry­ing cruiser Ad­mi­ral Gor­shkov) is to en­ter the In­dian Navy and be­come the base for MiG-29K and MiG-29KUB sup­plied by RAC MiG since 2009.

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