France to Test Nuclear Submarine’s Combat Systems, Weapons

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  • 05:30 PM, July 29, 2020
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France to Test Nuclear Submarine’s Combat Systems, Weapons
Suffren nuclear submarine (image: Naval Group)

After the completion of initial sea trials, France is set to test combat systems, tactical weapons and other military equipment onboard the Navy’s Suffren nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN).

“The nuclear attack submarine Suffren has arrived in Toulon, its future home port! The various sea trials carried out in the English Channel and the Atlantic have ensured performance of the platform,” shipbuilder Naval Group announced July 29.

The boat performed static dive test on April 28, marking the beginning of sea trials for the Barracuda program.

France to Test Nuclear Submarine’s Combat Systems, Weapons

The company said that the submarine is now in the Mediterranean. “The French Armament Directorate (DGA), French Navy, TechnicAtome and Naval Group will conduct the 2nd phase of testing Suffren. Objective: to ensure the performance of the combat system, tactical weapons and strategic military equipment,” Naval Group said.

Launched in 1998, the Barracuda program renews its Ship Subsurface Nuclear (SSN) component composed of six Rubis type SSNs commissioned at the start of eighties. The associated development contract was notified in December 2006.

The delivery of the six submarines will span one decade beginning in 2020.

France to Test Nuclear Submarine’s Combat Systems, Weapons

Technical characteristics of Suffren-class submarines:

• Surface displacement: 4,700 tonnes
• Diving displacement: 5,200 tonnes
• Length: 99 metres
• Diameter: 8.8 metres
• Armament: naval cruise missiles, F21 heavy-weight wire-guided torpedoes, modernised
• Exocet SM39 anti-ship missiles
• Hybrid propulsion: pressurised water reactor derived from the reactors on board the
• Triomphant-type SSBN and Charles-de-Gaulle aircraft carrier, two propulsion turbines,
• two turbo generators and two electric motors
• Crew: 65 crew members + commandos
• Availability: > 270 days per year

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