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Colombia leans on COTECMAR in uncertain times

9th March 2021 - 12:44 GMT | by Wilder Alejandro Sanchez in Washington DC

Shipbuilder COTECMAR plays a major role in ongoing and planned Colombian naval programmes, although the fate of a plan to build up to eight new frigates remains unclear.

Colombia is continuing to focus on utilising domestic industry to meet its future naval requirements, with shipbuilding corporation COTECMAR forming the cornerstone of this strategy.

However, the best laid plans may yet go awry as the Colombian government continues to digest the economic impact of COVID-19.

Most recently, on 22 February, COTECMAR launched the amphibious landing ship (Buque de Desembarco Anfibio: BDA) ARC Bahía Solano.

Taking just eight months to build, Bahía Solano (pictured above) is the eighth BDA vessel produced by COTECMAR. Five are in service with Colombia, while two were sold to the navies of Guatemala and

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Wilder Alejandro Sanchez


Wilder Alejandro Sanchez

Wilder Alejandro Sánchez is an analyst who covers defense & security, geopolitical, and trade issues …

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