BAE Methods has signed a five-year contract to assist its ARTISAN Radar on the Brazilian Navy’s flagship, the multipurpose plane service NAM Atlantico. The brand new contract will present through-life assist for each the BAE Methods ARTISAN Radar and related DNA2 Fight Administration System (CMS) fitted to the NAM Atlantico, delivering class-leading operational availability to the flagship. The ARTISAN Radar facet of the contract will ship corrective and preventative upkeep together with the availability of spare elements, which will probably be manufactured by BAE Methods within the UK and held in Brazil. It should additionally present a help-desk facility, which will probably be operated remotely from the UK to help the workforce in Brazil.

A expertise and data switch settlement will see the BAE Methods radar workforce present hands-on coaching to the Brazilian Navy as a part of common, deliberate engineering visits to the Arsenal de Marinha do Rio de Janeiro (AMRJ) in Guanabara Bay, close to Rio de Janeiro. ARTISAN naval surveillance radar will present NAM Atlântico floor & air surveillance and air site visitors administration of each mounted wing and rotary wing plane. Brazil turned an operator of the radar with the acquisition of LPH HMS Ocean from the UK in 2018. The DNA2 factor of the contract may even ship a deliberate modernisation bundle of the ship’s CMS as a way to handle obsolescence.


BAE Methods and Brazilian Navy officers signal assist contract for radar and CMS fitted on Brazil’s plane service NAM Atlantico. (Picture by BAE Methods)

Laurie Ellis, Head of Radar, Maritime sector at BAE Methods stated: “We’re delighted to have signed this assist service contract with the Brazilian Navy. Our groups of engineers are wanting ahead to working with and offering assist for the ARTISAN Radar and DNA2 Fight Administration System to allow NAM Atlântico to proceed its important position as flagship. We offer in-service assist for ARTISAN radar which is at the moment in service with the Royal Navy on board the Queen Elizabeth Class plane carriers and Kind 23 frigates and chosen for the Royal Navy’s Kind 26 International Fight Ship.”

Admiral Cunha, Marinha do Brasil stated: “The signing of this contract represents a related step in the direction of making certain full availability of the fight system and ARTISAN radar on board NAM Atlantico. It is a crucial dedication assumed by BAE Methods with the Brazilian Navy not solely within the upkeep of the operational functionality of our flagship, but in addition within the switch of information to our personnel.”

Brazilian Navy Aircraft Carrier and Flagship NAM Atlantico (A140)
Brazilian Navy Plane Provider and Flagship NAM Atlantico (A140) (Picture by Marinha do Brasil)

NAM Atlantico (A140) is a touchdown ship and present flagship of the Brazilian Navy. Initially constructed in the UK for service with the Royal Navy as touchdown platform helicopter, she was commissioned on 30 September 1998 as HMS Ocean, serving till being decommissioned on 27 March 2018, after which commissioned into service with Brazil the next June. In December 2017, the Brazilian Navy confirmed the acquisition of the ship for £84.6 million, equal to R$359.5M and USD $113.2M. The Brazilian Navy commissioned the multi-purpose helicopter service Atlantico (A140) on 29 June in the UK.

The helicopter service bundle for Brazil contains an Artisan 3D search radar, KH1007 floor surveillance radar system, 4 30 mm DS30M Mk 2 distant weapon techniques and 4 Mk 5B touchdown craft. Nonetheless, the three unique 20 mm Mk 15 Block 1B Phalanx close-in weapon techniques, the torpedo defence techniques and seven.62 mm M134 machine weapons had been faraway from the ship earlier than its switch to Brazil. The ship displaces 21,578 tonnes, is 203.43 m lengthy and has a variety of 8,000 n miles. The ship underwent upkeep work by Babcock and BAE Methods in February 2020. On 12 November 2020, Atlântico was redesignated “NAM”, for “multipurpose plane service” from “PHM”, for “multipurpose helicopter service”, to replicate its functionality to function with fixed-wing medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial automobiles in addition to crewed tiltrotor VTOL plane.