Renewing the Surface Fleet with Flexible and Versatile Vessels

OPVLATAM has acquired its prestige as a forum bringing together the main decision-makers and budget-holders to advance their shipbuilding programmes and modernisation requirements in the naval sector. Since its inception in 2012, the Warships & OPV Latin America conference has grown to become the premier meeting ground for the Higher Naval Commands of the region, attracting over 150 senior officials including Navy Commanders, Directors of Materiel, Heads of Strategic Programs, capability planners, shipyard Directors, as well as leading solution providers. Previous meetings were hosted by Brazil (2019, 2018) Chile (2017), Peru (2016), Ecuador (2015), Colombia (2014) and Brazil (2012 and 2013).

The 2020 forum was scheduled to take place in official partnership with the Peruvian Navy in Lima in June. However due to COVID-19 restrictions and travel regulations, the physical conference has been postponed to 2021. In the interim, in order to provide a touch-point for the Latin American maritime community and enable networking opportunities at a time when face-to-face engagement is difficult to arrange, the digital conference on 17 November will bring together the main stakeholders to discuss procurement priorities, emerging operational requirements, and indigenous shipbuilding to retain naval superiority.

The virtual discussion groups will allow participants to build partnerships with international counterparts, nurture existing multilateral relationships, and strengthen cooperation with international leading industry. The virtual discussion groups will focus on requirements for new surface vessels, collaboration with local shipyards, multi-mission modularity and versatility for the regional threat environment, and updates on naval technologies. The digital roundtable will invite participants to debate the future fleet structure, the required surface combatant design, and methods to enhance combat effectiveness for the full spectrum of naval operations, including ASW, SAR, coastal operations, and higher-end missions.

2020 Speakers


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Improve your understanding of Latin American procurement programmes and emerging requirements to formulate winning business proposals with local shipyards

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Advance fleet versatility and multimission modularity for the full spectrum of maritime operations by meeting with leading OEMs and sub-system solution-providers

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Achieve interoperability for combined operations by learning about software compatibility and open architectures for legacy platforms

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Enhance situational awareness by gaining a better understanding of scalable tactical control systems, advanced sensor systems, and combat management system modernisation

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Meet with all of the higher naval commands of the region and OEMs in one place to gain insights on emerging RFIs and tenders 

The Leading Event for the Latin American Maritime Community

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Hours Reserved For Networking

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