BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe – The Angolan government has signed an agreement for the acquisition of two rapid attack naval craft and several systems of radar stations and coastal repeaters worth 122 million euros from two subsidiaries of the Italian Finmeccanica.
These assets will equip a new maritime surveillance network intended to secure Angola’s territorial waters. According to extracts from a decree issued by President Eduardo dos Santos at the end of December and published this week by the Portuguese press agency Lusa, the main contract concerns the acquisition of several coastal radars and communication systems by repeater of the subsidiary. by Finmeccanica Selex.
The equipment will be used to equip the National Maritime Safety Coordination Center planned for the capital Luanda and three regional maritime surveillance base stations to be installed along the coast by 2017. The contract covers the installation of the system and the supply of training, spare parts and equipment at a total cost of 115 million euros.
A second contract with Finmeccanica Whitehead subsidiary Sistemi Subacquei is for the supply of two fast attack warships and the provision of limited maintenance and training services for the engineers and sailors of the Angolan Navy who will operate the boats. The new patrollers must be delivered by the end of 2017.
The Angolan Navy has pending orders for seven 55.6-meter Macae-class patrol vessels from Brazilian company Empregon, contracted in 2013. Under the agreement, four of the 500-ton vessels will be built at the main factory in Empregon. in Rio de Janeiro. The other three will be built in an Angolan shipyard factory to be located in Kwanza Sul, south of Luanda.
Six new maritime surveillance helicopters ordered from Finmeccanica’s subsidiary AgustaWestland at a cost of 90 million euros at the start of last year are also expected to join the Angolan Navy by the end of 2017. The order will meet partial system requirements national maritime surveillance and security. of the exclusive economic zone of Angola.
The Maritime Safety Project is a key component of the Angolan Naval Energy Development Program (Pro-Naval), which involves the acquisition of new equipment, the modernization of existing assets and accelerated training programs to upgrade the main technical and human capacities of the navy by 2017.
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