In the presence of the President of the Republic, Jair Bolsonaro, the Minister of Defense, Fernando Azevedo, underscored the progress made to Brazil through the Program.
“I would like to express pride in being able to witness this important step further in the Submarine Development Program, one of the most significant strategic programs of the Navy and the Ministry of Defense, and which will make a decisive contribution to ensuring our sovereignty,” said the Minister.
PROSUB is providing for the construction of four conventional submarines derived from the French Scorpéne-class submarines, built by the company Itaguaí Construções Navais (ICN), under the supervision of the Brazilian Navy. The PROSUB program also includes the development of a nuclear-powered submarine.
A Integração das Seções do Submarino “Humaitá” representa mais um passo importante do #PROSUB, o programa que está capacitando a Marinha do Brasil para cumprir com êxito a missão de proteger nossas riquezas e cuidar da nossa gente. pic.twitter.com/KBDFSOepBu— Marinha do Brasil (@marmilbr) October 11, 2019
Accompanied by part of his Cabinet, President Bolsonaro mentioned the benefit regarding the autonomy that the new submarines will bring to Brazil. “More than investment this is the guarantee of our freedom and our sovereignty,” he said.
In a speech, Navy Commander Admiral Ilques Barbosa Junior said that the completed phase “constitutes the final stage of the construction process before the launch of the submarine,” and stressed the importance of acquiring technological knowledge to the country.
"The final integration of the Humaitá submarine sections, in addition to operating a highly technological sophistication, reiterates the success of a complex process of absorption of technology and knowledge of strategic value," said the Admiral.
On this occasion, a commemorative seal was launched by the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovations and Communications, which marks the integration of the Humaitá submarine.
In December, the Naval Force launched the submarine Riachuelo, the first of four PROSUB conventional submarines. The vessel is currently undergoing testing at sea.
Canto do Hino Nacional marca o início da Cerimônia de Integração do #Submarino #Humaitá, no Complexo Naval de Itaguaí-RJ. #Soberania #Dissuasão #Defesa #Tecnologia #MarinhadoBrasil #AmazôniaAzul pic.twitter.com/EaTE4olEtq— Marinha do Brasil (@marmilbr) October 11, 2019
Also present at the ceremony were Ministers of Economy, Paulo Guedes, Mines and Energy, Bento Albuquerque, General Secretariat, Jorge Oliveira; the Secretary of Government, Luís Eduardo Campos, the Office of Institutional Security, General Augusto Heleno, in addition to the Commander of the Air Force, Lieutenant Brigadier Antonio Carlos Bermudez; and the President of Itaguaí Construções Navais, André Portalis, among other military and civil authorities.