Connect with us

Featured

French Navy Gets Its First Next-Gen Nuclear Submarine As India Looks To Sign Similar Deal With Paris

Published

on

French Navy has received the first of six Suffren-class nuclear attack submarines (SSN) from Naval Group as a replacement for the Cold War-era Rubis-class submarines. The handover ceremony took place on 6 November in Toulon, where Minister of Defense Florence Parley was also present.

Despite High Agility & Fire Power, Why China’s First Indigenous Fighter Jet Failed To Achieve Any Success?

The submarine with tail number S 635 will be inducted into the French Navy in 2021. Till then the submarine will undergo operational tests under the ministry of defense.

The 99m long submarine, built under the $10.13bn Barracuda stealth vessel program will serve as the French submarine forces’ backbone until the 2060s.

Five of the six submarines will be delivered within the next ten years. Each submarine, equipped with F21 heavyweight wire-guided torpedoes and modernized Exocet SM39 anti-ship missiles, can accommodate a crew of 65 people plus special forces.

The submarine will take the French Navy from the Cold War era to the 21st century. The Suffren-class is meant for special operations insertions, land and surface attack, convoy escort, and submarine hunting.

Part of the $10.13bn Barracuda stealth vessel program, the first Barracuda-class nuclear-powered attack submarine was laid down in December 2007, launched in July 2019, and factory sea trials began on April 27, 2020.

It is equipped to fire the Storm Shadow, an Anglo-French built and designed cruise missile which has some low-observation features, making it hard to detect.

The missile’s specialized French variant, called SCALP EG, has a range of about 1,000 kilometers, or just under 625 miles, and can be fired by the Suffren-class. At this range, it could strike targets hundreds of miles out to sea, or lie in wait near enemy shores and hit targets far inland.

Caleb Larson describes in The National Interest that the submarine has the most interesting piece of technology in optronic mast – a sensor that includes a high-definition camera as well as a laser rangefinder, replacing the traditional periscope mast that submarines are typically fitted with.

“The design is a boon to the submarine’s structural integrity, as a large hole to accommodate a periscope does not need to be drilled through the hull,” says Larson.

Even though at 5,000 ton, the Suffren class is smaller than attack submarines of the Royal Navy’s Astute-class (around 7,500 tons), and American Virginia-class and Seawolf-class (over 8,000 tons each), it benefits from being nuclear-powered.

As per Larson, once complete, the class may be one of the most advanced nuclear attack submarines in Europe.

Recently, the French shipbuilder Naval Group had offered to make P75I class submarines for the Indian Navy. As per the P75I submarines tender discussed between the French Defense Minister Florence Parly and her Indian counterpart Rajnath Singh in September, the six stealth submarines will be built with air-independent propulsion technology that would have a longer submerged range than subs already possessed by the Indian Navy.

Considering the advanced technology with the Naval Group, the transfer of technology by the French manufacturer will benefit India’s indigenous submarine program. France has shown military and political support to India with the timely delivery of Dassault Rafale jets, in spite of the pandemic.

Amid the growing defense cooperation between the countries with the delivery of fighter jets and talks of submarines, it would be a good opportunity for India to acquire more advanced technology amid China’s rising influence in the Indian Ocean Region.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Facebook

FEATURED

saudi-uae saudi-uae
Featured5 hours ago

Pakistan Claims Big Victory Over India After Saudi, UAE Led OIC Adopts Surprise Resolution On Kashmir

Amid the reports that the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) meeting in Niger was abandoning the Kashmir issue, the foreign...

LCH-1 LCH-1
Featured6 hours ago

HAL Developed World’s Lightest Attack Helicopter A Stepping Stone For Indian Pilots Towards Apache Choppers

As India looks to induct its indigenous Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) into its armed forces, Indian Air Force (IAF) chief,...

DRONES-TURKEY DRONES-TURKEY
Featured7 hours ago

Pakistan Buying Mini Drones From Turkey To Bolster Its Border Offensive Against India – Reports

To enhance surveillance on the border and fast-track weapons dispatches on the Indian side of Kashmir, Pakistan is roping in...

Apache-Helicopter Apache-Helicopter
Featured7 hours ago

As British Army Goes For A Massive Overhaul It Receives First Two AH-64E Guardian Gunships Helicopters

The British Army has just received its first AH-64E Apache ‘Guardian’ helicopter gunships and would start the replacement of the...

Armata-Tank Armata-Tank
EurAsian Region10 hours ago

Russian Media Says Its T-14 Armata Tank Capable Of Operating On Mars With New Engines

Russia’s T-14 Armata main battle tanks will be able to operate in temperatures as low as -50 degrees Celsius with...

F18-India-Deal F18-India-Deal
Asia Pacific12 hours ago

Doors Open For More Rafale Fighter Jets, F-18 Super Hornets After Another MiG-29 Goes Down

Thursday’s crash of the Indian Navy’s MiG-29K trainer aircraft in the Arabian Sea has once again revived the debate whether...

INDIA-CHINA INDIA-CHINA
Asia Pacific13 hours ago

Xi’s China Eradicates Absolute Poverty; Where Does Modi’s India Stand?

Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, China has reportedly achieved its long-standing goal of ending absolute poverty. However, there have been no...

Iranian-Islamic-Revolutionary-Guards Iranian-Islamic-Revolutionary-Guards
Featured13 hours ago

Israel-Iran War: Why Israel & US Are ‘Keenly Awaiting’ Iran’s Retaliation After Top Nuclear Scientist Assassinated?

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani directly accused Israel of assassinating Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the Islamic country’s prominent nuclear scientist. He, however, added...

Russia-China Russia-China
Featured22 hours ago

Are Russia & China Taking A Lead From NATO & Working To Develop A Joint Nuclear Powered Aircraft Carrier?

China and Russia’s common adversary, the US, has brought the two powers together and have cooperated by carrying out joint...

JU-88 JU-88
Featured23 hours ago

How The US Got Hold Of Nazi Germany’s Most Ferocious Multi-Role Warplane – The Ju-88s?

The Junkers Ju-88 combat aircraft that was a mainstay in Nazi Germany’s air force, Luftwaffe, miraculously found their way to...

Advertisement
Advertisement