Brazilian Navy’s second Scorpène submarine enters service
On January 12, the second of the four Scorpène submarines of the ProSub program was commissioned by the Brazilian Navy at the Itaguaí Naval base.
The submarine Humaitá has been built entirely in Brazil by Itaguaí Construções Navais (ICN) thanks to a Transfer of Technology from Naval Group.
The vessel completed its sea trials and has now been delivered and entered into service within the Brazilian Navy. The first submarine of the ProSub program, Riachuelo, was commissioned by the Brazilian Navy in September 2022. The remaining two submarines of the series, Tonelero and Angostura, will be launched in 2024 and 2025, respectively.
In 2009, within the framework of the French-Brazilian strategic defence cooperation agreement, the Brazilian Navy chose Naval Group for its Programa de desenvolvimento de Submarinos, the ProSub program. Brazil decided to reinforce its submarine force with four new conventional submarines (SSK) and the development of an indigenous nuclear-powered submarine (SSN).
Scorpène is a modern, high-performant, and stealthy submarine. Robust and enduring, it’s an ocean-going submarine also designed for shallow water operations. Multipurpose, it fulfills the entire scope of missions such as Anti-Surface and Anti-Submarine Warfare, special operations, and intelligence gathering.
Its combat edge is highlighted by the fact that it has 6 weapon launching tubes, and 18 weapons (torpedoes, missiles).
Scorpène is equipped with the latest generation of combat system, SUBTICS, which addresses the growing challenges of modern submarine missions in blue and shallow waters in the entire domain of submarine warfare. Highly modular and scalable, SUBTICS can be integrated either on new platforms or as part of modernization programs for existing submarines
In addition to these four Scorpene submarines, ten other units designed and adapted by Naval Group for the export market are in operational service or under construction around the world: two for the Chilean Navy, two for the Malaysian Navy and six for the Indian Navy.