The Barracuda SSN will be larger than the Rubis class but will remain more compact than the British Astute class or the American Virginia class. Navy Recognition managed to get the Barracuda product manager to answer a few questions in a brief interview. Fleet Solid Support Ships to be built by ‘British-led’ teams, US, UK navies to sign ‘interchangeability’ agreement, US Navy CNO outlines next-generation destroyer and submarine specifications, MAN Energy to provide propulsion package for two African Navy OPVs, Vestdavit to supply fast rescue boat davit systems for French POM vessels, US Navy to name second Columbia-class submarine as Wisconsin, BAE Systems acquires digital services firm Techmodal, Navantia, BMT, Harland and Wolff to lure UK ship contracts, US Navy awards contract to DIS for MIDS terminals, Virtual sterling? Seems very impressive, and an incredible engineering challenge. The nuclear propulsion unit, derived from that developed for the “Le Terrible” SSBN nuclear missile submarine, will be supplied by Areva TA under the prime contractorship of the French atomic energy commission (CEA). The French DGA procurement agency orders the 2nd Barracuda class boat Duguay-Trouin from DCNS and Areva-TA. We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. The Virginia class is slower, reaching speeds of around 25kn (46km/h; 29m/h). The US Navy opted to install several commercial-off-the-shelf components aboard the Virginia Class submarines, which, coupled with improvements in manufacturing technologies, resulted in savings of approximately $1.8bn per submarine over the expensive Seawolf Class vessels. But which is better, the Royal Navy’s Astute class or the US Navy’s Virginia class? © 2004-2020 Defense Industry Daily, LLC | About Us | Images on this site | Privacy Policy, Contact us: Editorial | Advertising | Feedback & Support | Subscriptions & Reports, Defense program acquisition news, budget data, market briefings, Keep reading for the whole story with recent events put in context. Caleb Larson holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy. Of the seven Astute Class submarines ordered, three have been completed with four in various stages of construction. However, the amount of provisions carried for the crew typically last up to 90 days. Commissioned between 1981 and 1997, the US Navy possesses 18 Ohio Class submarines split between the nation’s Pacific and Atlantic fleets. As a final advantage, Barracuda’s K15-based nuclear propulsion is designed to offer 2 substantial advantages over existing French boats. Of Duguay-Trouin’s 21 hull rings, 2 have been completed and joined, 10 have been completed, and 8 are under construction. HMS Astute sailed 16,400 miles during the deployment. HMS Audacious, HMS Anson, HMS Agamemnon and HMS Agincourt are expected to enter service in 2019, 2020, 2022 and 2024, respectively. It is currently deployed in the Northern Fleet of the Russian Navy. These hull sections will house the ops room, including the boat’s main command, navigation and operations systems. Hull ring mating work will continue until early 2013. Jan 25/08: Sub-contractors. He lives in Berlin and writes on U.S. and Russian foreign and defense policy, German politics, and culture. GE’s project partner Jeumont Electric is supplying the generator-rectifier equipment for the turbo-generators, and this first set of turbo-generators and propulsion turbine is scheduled for delivery between October 2010 – February 2011. The Royal Navy has changed its submarine-employment strategy from the Cold War emphasis on anti-submarine warfare to the concept of "Maritime Contributions to Joint Operations." All ships wear out over time, and the repeated squeezing and relaxing experienced by submarine hulls make their replacement times less negotiable. The contract was set up as an initial EUR 1.0-1.4 billion contract (reports vary), followed by 6 options (tranches conditionnelles) to cover production of the other boats, development, and support during their first years of operational service. Hull assemblies for the Suffren and Duguay-Trouin continue at Cherbourg. While it is difficult to get an accurate unit cost for defence equipment, one Royal Navy Astute-class submarine was last priced at more than £1.4bn ($1.83bn), according to the UK National Audit Office’s Major Projects Report 2015. What can you tell us about the Barracuda discretion and what factors have driven the final size of the Barracuda ? Dec 19/11: #2. Fleet Solid Support Ships to be built by ‘British-led’ teams, US, UK navies to sign ‘interchangeability’ agreement, US Navy CNO outlines next-generation destroyer and submarine specifications, MAN Energy to provide propulsion package for two African Navy OPVs, Vestdavit to supply fast rescue boat davit systems for French POM vessels, US Navy to name second Columbia-class submarine as Wisconsin, BAE Systems acquires digital services firm Techmodal, Navantia, BMT, Harland and Wolff to lure UK ship contracts, US Navy awards contract to DIS for MIDS terminals, Virtual sterling? EADS release. The fourth-generation vessels have been in development since 1996 and are intended to replace the Delta III and Typhoon Class submarines. The overall cost per submarine has subsequently dropped to $2bn a boat. Colfax-Imo Pompes (oil pumps & fluid handling), GE Oil & Gas subsidiary Thermodyn (turbo-generators and propulsion turbines), Sagem subsidiary Safran (surface detection system – radar & optronic masts). The AN/BLQ-10 provides full spectrum radar processing, enhanced situation assessment and an automatic threat warning system. Sagem will deliver the first system to DCNS in 2010. Four of the 18 submarines have since become nuclear-powered, conventionally armed submarines following the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty. March 18/11: #2. DCNS announces that the 1st hull section of the 2nd boat of class has left the prefabrication hall at Cherbourg on schedule. The submarine is touted as a complement for carrier battle groups, but the truth is that their speed requirements tend to stretch the SMX Ocean’s capabilities, which top out at 20 knots and lose efficiency well before that. Astute had more tubes (6 cf 5) and a bigger weapons room (38 cf 32), which isn't to be sniffed at. A new controlled-atmosphere technology cut 15% from weld time, while improving quality, allowing the 30t sections to be welded in less than 2 months. The Virginia class has a displacement of 7,900t, making it the ninth-largest submarine when comparing all submarine variants. The optronic sensors of the system will provide day/night surveillance, detection, tracking and sighting functions. The ESM system is Thales Sensors Outfit UAP(4), which has two multi-function antennae mounted on non-hull penetrating optronic masts. Having established itself as a leader in the nuclear submarine front, Russia is now making considerable progress in the development of its Borei-class fleet. Feb 11/15: Interview with program manager. Virginia is fitted with Northrop Grumman’s AN/WLY-1 acoustic countermeasures system, which provides range and bearing data. The Barracuda program will meet the French Navy’s operational mission needs by providing replacements for its 6 current Rubis Amethyste class nuclear attack submarines. Three of the six planned vessels are currently under construction. The USA began introducing their new-generation NSSN Virginia Class fast attack boats in 2004, and Britain’s problem-plagued SSN Astute Class followed in 2010. Astute vs Virginia: head-to-head. In December 2006, France’s Defense Ministry awarded a contract for nuclear-propelled fast attack submarines to state-owned warship builder DCN and nuclear energy group Areva-TA. The Barracuda-class, or Suffren-class as it is known in France, is the newest series of nuclear attack submarines being laid down in French shipyards. AFAIK, Barracuda only has 4 torpedo tubes & carries 20 weapons. This is the Tourville. SSN Barracuda Nuclear-Powered Attack Submarine, France, SSN Rubis Amethyste Class Attack Submarine, France, Subtics: Submarine Tactical Integrated Combat System, F21 Torpedo: The French Navy’s new heavyweight torpedo. Australia's DCNS Barracuda subs (updated). June 1/07: Named. Being attack submarines, both classes are naturally armed to the teeth with the latest maritime weaponry. GE also will provide assistance in the packaging of its equipment within the propulsion main frame, and in site tests. Astute has a reactor which does not require refueling, vs Suffren which will need to be refueled every 10 years. Numbers. DCNS. Naval-technology.com profiles the world’s leading nuclear submarines. Oct 27/09: Colfax Corp. announces that its Colfax-Imo Pompes Business Unit in France will provide oil pumps and other fluid-handling systems for France’s Barracuda class nuclear submarines. When fully operational, the Storm Shadow’s MdCN cousin is expected to offer a stealthy sub-sonic strike missile with long reach: over 1,000 km/ 540 nautical miles. Order for submarine #3; Cruise missile test; Progress reports; 4,750t conventional derivative. The USA’s Virginia Class, whose reactors aren’t forecast to need refueling over the boat’s expected 30-year life, are significantly ahead in this respect. The service life of the UK Royal Navy’s Astute Class submarines, which are designed … Other contractors include: Per the planned dates above, the team has yet to launch a submarine, let alone deliver one. This website uses cookies for functionality, analytics and advertising purposes as described in our. At EuroNaval 2014, DCNS unveiled their 4,750t SMX Ocean diesel-electric attack submarine concept. Development & orders for 2 submarines; Sub-contractors picked. While a Virginia-class sub requires a crew complement of nearly 140, the Barracuda-class will have a small crew of just 65. It will sit immediately behind the nuclear reactor compartment, and will eventually contain the submarine’s electrical distribution plant. Dunno about the relative quietness of the SSN's but we do know that UK and French SSBNs can only find each other using 'direct contact' methods! The Barracuda development programme was initiated by the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) in 1998. Both are among the best nuclear-powered attack submarine classes in the world. The program’s total value was initially set at then $11.13 billion but has since risen to over $12.32 billion. Colfax will continue to provide service, training, parts and documentation for its systems during the service life of the vessels. The reactor not requiring refueling - this is where my physics lets me down - is it a hard stop after 25 years? Militaries of the World and their Ships, Histories and Weapons. The contract covers 2 turbo-generators and 1 propulsion turbine for the first-of-class FNS Suffren, which is scheduled to enter service in 2016, as well as for each of the other 5 boats ordered under optional contracts.