Planned since the late 1970s, the Brazilian Navy’s nuclear project will enable the delivery of a submarine to nuclear propulsion in 2028. With 100% national technology, the construction of the equipment will put the country in the select group of nations that have this type submersible: the United States, France, China, Russia and the United Kingdom.
In an interview with Sputnik Brasil, military expert Roberto Lopes highlighted the autonomy of this submarine, compared to conventional submarines, which can only remain submerged for about a month.
“The nuclear submarine can be submerged for several months, depending on the resistance of its crew, as well as other very important items such as speed, and the question of their sensors, which are much more accurate,” says the expert. “The nuclear submarine is a weapon of surprise action of unparalleled quality. It is a project that will highlight the Brazilian Navy at the level of the best navies in the world. “
The expert also pointed out that the nuclear-powered submarine is a piece of international prestige that will allow Brazil in the future to apply for a permanent seat of the United Nations Security Council.
The construction of the equipment will begin in 2023, after the conclusion of four conventional ships of the class Scorpene, in partnership with France. The expectation is that the equipment, named Alvaro Alberto, named after the famous Brazilian admiral, will be ready in 2028. Lopes points out that, despite the partnership, the development of this technology is totally national.
“The construction of the nuclear-powered submarine will have the technical assistance of the Naval Group, which is a French corporation. But the French will only help us build the ship. They will not have access to the ship’s engine room, to the reactor. This will be a purely Brazilian development, “said the military expert.
The president of the National Academy of Engineering, Francis Bogossian, maintains the continuity of the transfer of resources as the biggest challenge of the project and the evolution of nuclear engineering in the country.
“The biggest challenge, which has always existed, is that of resource continuity. In a country with so many social problems, politicians often focus on putting resources to solve present problems, neglecting the future. It is a national project, of long duration and impact, which can not stand up to small opportunities. Discontinuation of resources brings incalculable damage, “said Bogossian, who also underscored the shortage of skilled labour. Only the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro has a specific course for the area, whose first group was formed in 2015.
The completion of the nuclear submarine was scheduled for 2025, but the economic crisis that plagued the country from 2014 directly affected its construction, which went to work in slow steps.
In 2016, the Submarine Development Program with Nuclear Propulsion (Prosub), launched in the Lula Government in 2008, became the target of Operation Lava-Jet. The denunciations involved a corruption scheme with the sending of $ 17 million to the PT out of the program. In the same year, Admiral Othon Luiz Pinheiro da Silva was arrested on charges of misappropriation of money in the construction of the Angra 3 Plant and also had his name mentioned in a deletion that involved misappropriation of Prosub. The fact is denied by the Navy.
The submarine with national nuclear propulsion will be built at the Itaguaí Naval-Industrial Complex in Rio de Janeiro, where the four conventional submarines will also be made in partnership with France. In all, the Navy has already spent about R $ 7 billion on the facility.
Source: Sputnik News