A new Syncrolift® installation played an important role when the Brazilian navy launched its first Brazilian-built Scorpène® submarine, the Riachuelo.
The ceremony took place in December at the Itaguaí Navy base, Rio de Janeiro, in presence of the President of the Federal Republic of Brazil and of the elected President.
Riachuelo (S 40) is one of the five new submarines being built for the Brazilian navy. Four of the submarines are conventional with electric propulsion, while one unit is nuclear-powered.
With a length of 72 meters and a weight of 1,870 tons, the new submarine can transport 35 sailors and spend 70 days operating underwater independently.
The Scorpene-class submarines are developed by the French Direction des Constructions Navales (DCN) and the Spanish company Navantia, and by Naval Group.
In 2009, Naval Group was entrusted by the Brazilian Navy with designing and transferring the technology for four conventional Scorpène® submarines, and for the design and manufacturing assistance for the non-nuclear part of Brazil’s first nuclear-powered submarine.
The contract also included the support for the construction of a naval base and a shipyard in Brazil. A Syncrolift® is an important part of this construction.
The Riachuelo will start sea trials in 2019 for delivery in 2020. Delivery of submarines 2, 3 and 4 will then follow every 12 to 18 months.