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Brazil And France Launch New Submarine - Infographics

Brazil has launched the third of four attack submarines built with French technology in a $10 billion deal that aims to deliver the country’s first nuclear-powered submarine in the next decade.

By Marinha do Brasil - Submarino Riachuelo, Public Domain

Presidents Emmanuel Macron and Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva attended a ceremony on March 27 in the Itaguai shipyard near Rio de Janeiro to launch the Tonelero, the third Scorpène-class diesel-powered submarine, built by the Brazilian Navy to the design of French shipbuilder Naval Group.

Brazil And France Launch New Submarine - Infographics

In addition to the diesel submarines, Brazil plans to build its first nuclear-powered submarine, the Alvaro Alberto, which has experienced significant delays, primarily due to budget constraints and hesitations from its French collaborators about nuclear proliferation.

The Brazilian government said its submarine fleet is needed to defend the country's nearly patrol the country’s 3.5 million sq km offshore waters containing vast oil and gas reserves.