Naval Group begins sea trials of SSN Suffren
Naval Group has announced the start of sea trials for the first Barracuda-class nuclear attack submarine manufactured for the French Navy.
A total of six Barracuda boats are due to be delivered by 2030, with the first-in-class SSN Suffren expected to be handed over in late 2020.
Pierre Eric Pommellet, chairman and CEO of Naval Group, said: ‘These trials are additional proof of Naval Group’s total commitment to the French Navy, the French defence procurement agency (DGA) as well as to the French Atomic and Alternative Energy Commission (CEA), TechnicAtome and the other industrial actors.’
The sea trials will check the SSN Suffren for watertightness and underwater manoeuvrability, the performance of the combat management system, tactical weapons and other high-tech equipment.
Each Barracuda-class submarine has a diving displacement of 5,200t and is powered by a hybrid propulsion system including two propulsion turbines and two electric motors.
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