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Peruvian Navy boosted by shipyard SIMA’s progress

9th January 2024 - 12:35 GMT | by Wilder Alejandro Sanchez in Washington DC

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The Peruvian Navy's BAP Chipana submarine has re-entered the water after finishing its modernisation programme. (Photo: SIMA)

SIMA has been manufacturing vessels and modernising submarines to expand the capabilities of the Peruvian Navy’s fleet.

The Peruvian state-run shipyard SIMA has reported recent advances regarding several projects for the Peruvian Navy.

On 2 January, the shipyard posted photos on social media of the future Makassar-class landing platform dock (LPD) BAP Paita (AMP-157), which is currently being built at SIMA’s Callao facilities.

‘We have placed the mast and the final modules,’ the post explained. The Peruvian Navy already operates Paita’s sister vessel, BAP Pisco (AMP-156). Paita has a length of 122m and can transport 557 personnel including 100 crew, 450 troops and seven additional passengers.

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The shipyard has also put back in the water the submarine BAP Chipana (SS-34) on 27 December, after undergoing an extensive modernisation process that commenced in 2018. The submarine has become the first of the fleet’s four Angamos-class 209/1200 subs to complete its upgrades; another boat, BAP Antofagasta, has been in a hangar since 2019. The objective of the project will be to increase the four subs’ operational life by 15–20 years. Chipana will undergo sea trials before being returned to the Navy.

Peruvian shipyard SIMA has continued construction on the future landing platform dock BAP Paita. (Photo: SIMA)

The Peruvian Navy explained that the modernisation programme would include upgrades to the subs’ hull propulsion systems, auxiliary systems and crew services. The initiative will be carried out with technical assistance from the German shipyard ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems.

The shipyard has also delivered smaller platforms for the Peruvian Navy including two maritime patrol craft, Colán and Culebras, on 27 December 2023. The Combat Boat (CB-90HSM) platforms were developed by the Swedish shipyard Dockstavarvet, a Saab subsidiary, and were assembled by SIMA. The Peruvian Navy has been operating two similar crafts, Máncora and Lobitos.

The four craft have been assigned to the Peruvian Navy’s Port Authority and Coast Guard service (Dirección General de Capitanías y Guardacostas – Autoridad Marítima Nacional), and will help combat ‘illegal fishing in Peruvian waters’, the service stated. Lima has not yet disclosed if additional CB-90s will be acquired from Dockstavarvet.

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