DCNS in 2015
BY VINCENT MARTINOT-LAGARDE — Barracuda programme With orders for four vessels already placed by the director French Navy, this new generation submarine is larger (99.5 m long), more powerful (4,700 tonne displacement on the surface), faster and quieter than its predeDrawing on the best of its technological cessors. The Barracuda comes with a series of major expertise, spread over several sites, innovations and technological advances. It can carry DCNS is designing and constructing twice as much armament as the previous generation, the first four Barracuda nuclear attack including naval cruise missiles for launching attacks on submarines (SSNs) for the French Navy. land targets deep inside enemy territory. It also carries This is a strategic programme to upgrade a dry dock shelter, a removable module for projecting the French Navy’s submarine forces special forces. Furthermore, it is equipped with two that will succeed the Rubis class optronic masts which optimise efficiency and stealth submarines (SSNs) currently in service. from air-to-surface detection. All the armaments and sensors are integrated into the latest generation comA delegation of clients was welcomed at the DCNS bat management system, one of the best performing Cherbourg site in April 2015. The first stage involved on the market. A further distinctive asset, thanks to its visiting the virtual reality room where the delegates advanced automation, the Barracuda operates with a were totally immersed in a 3-D reconstruction of the relatively small crew of only 60 submariners. Barracuda. They then moved on to the Laubeuf nave, where they had the opportunity of discovering the vast rings of steel and high-tech modules of the future SSN. Site of the Barracuda’s assembly and integration, the Cherbourg naval shipyard is a “real time” showcase of how work on these industrial milestones is progressing, while maintaining direct contact with the client.
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