France has unveiled new Barracuda-class nuclear-powered submarine project, meant to replace its ageing fleet of four SSN Rubis submarines.
The boat is the first of its class to be built for the French navy.
The submarine will have a surface displacement of about 4,100t, which is an increase of 70 per cent compared to the Amethyste Class submarines. The maximum speed will be 25kt and the diving depth more than 350m.
The high level of automation integrated into the submarine’s operational and mission systems will allow the submarine a complement of 60 (in two crews) compared to 78 in the Rubis and Amethyst Classes. The operational cost will be reduced by 30 per cent compared to that of the Rubis Class.