Explaining Brazil #82: Green and yellow (nuclear) submarine

Back in 2008, Brazil formulated its National Defense Strategy, selecting the construction of a nuclear submarine as one of its priorities.

The plan was budgeted at 32 billion Brazilian Reais in current values, and was set to be concluded by 2027.

This ambitious plan was reiterated four years later, when the government drafted what became known as Brazil’s White Book on National Defense. The submarine would allow the country to “considerably elevate Brazil’s presence in the South Atlantic.”

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On this episode:

  • Anne Bianchi is the director of the Naval Group submarine program for the Brazilian Navy in technology transfer. She has been based in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro since 2016, being in charge of assisting the Brazilian Navy in the design of the first domestically developed nuclear-powered submarine.

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Explaining Brazil is made by:

  • Gustavo Ribeiro, editor in chief of The Brazilian Report. He has extensive experience covering Brazilian politics. His work has been featured across Brazilian and French media outlets, including Veja, Época, Folha de S.Paulo, Médiapart, and Radio France Internationale.
  • Euan Marshall, editing. is a journalist and translator who has lived in São Paulo, Brazil since 2011. Specializing in Brazilian soccer, politics and the connection between the two, his work has been published in The Telegraph, Al Jazeera, The Independent, among others.

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