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South American countries seek enhanced Antarctic capabilities

14th July 2020 - 17:00 GMT | by Flavia Camargos Pereira in London


Argentina, Brazil and Chile are modernising their Antarctic naval capabilities by building new icebreakers or procuring second-hand vessels.

All three countries have scientific and research civilian programmes in the region that require logistical support from their armed forces.

The Brazilian Navy in June released an RfP to procure a new Antarctic vessel, to be manufactured in Brazil.

The force intends to replace the oceanographic research vessel Ary Rongel, which was built in 1981 and entered service with the Brazilian Navy in 1994.

This new icebreaker will provide logistical and operational support for research projects by the Brazilian Antarctic Program (Proantar).

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Flavia Camargos Pereira


Flavia Camargos Pereira

Flavia Camargos Pereira is a North America editor at Shephard Media. She joined the company …

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