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DCNS drops details of Aussie sub design

16th July 2015 - 11:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


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DCNS has unveiled the pre-concept design that it will propose for Australia's future submarine Competitive Evaluation Process (CEP).

The proposed conventionally-powered submarine is named Shortfin Barracuda Block 1A, and it will borrow technology from the French Navy's larger nuclear-powered attack submarine, Barracuda. The technology will be tailored to meet Australia's CEP requirements.

Sean Costello, CEO, DCNS Australia, said: 'While exact details remain confidential, DCNS can confirm the Shortfin Barracuda is over 90 metres in length and displaces more than 4,000 tonnes when dived. If selected the Shortfin Barracuda will remain in service until the 2060s and the Block 1A platform will be updated and upgraded with new technology developed in France and Australia.

'The technical evolution of the submarine will be enabled by a strategic level government to government agreement between France and Australia.'

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