Brazil has started to look for potential buyers for its four Tupi-class (German Type 209-1400) diesel-electric submarines (SSKs), which will soon become surplus to requirements, military and civilian sources in Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia have confirmed to Jane’s .
Both Argentina and Peru have been approached with offers, according to sources in Buenos Aires and Lima.
The move aims to free up financial resources currently focused on maintaining and operating the Tupi-class submarines, as well as generating revenue by selling the boats, according to the Brazilian sources.
The Brazilian Navy also has a need to re-assign its submarine crews to retrain for the operation of the four Riachuelo-class (French Scorpene type) boats on order, which will be completed and commissioned in the next few years.
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