Launched three years ago, the plan to upgrade the Brazilian Navy squadron has been subject to several complaints of irregularities. In the most recent chapter of this billion-Real deal, Economy Minister Paulo Guedes resorted to an accounting maneuver to transfer BRL 89 million to the Emgepron, the state-owned company in charge of the program, foreseeing the purchase of four new warships. Meanwhile, the Federal Accounts Court (TCU) has been monitoring the venture closely, already pointing out a series of faults in its execution.
The Navy submitted the so-called Tamandaré-Class project back in 2017. With an estimated cost of BRL 5.5 billion (USD 1.06 billion), it entailed the construction of four Tamandaré-class frigates, expected to be delivered between 2024 and 2028. In March 2019, the Defense Ministry launched an international tender for the project, won by the Águas Azuis consortium, led by German firm Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems, which had just acquired the Oceana shipyard in the southern state of Santa Catarina, where the vessels will be built.