With the SMX 3.0 submarine model, Naval Group takes the big game to win in India

At the DEFEXPO show in India, Naval Group exposed its SMX 3.0 concept and, in doing so, lifted the veil on what could be its proposal for the P75i submarine program. According to several sources, quoting Naval Group representatives, the submarine model would thus be close, if not inspired, to SMX 3.0, a design presented for the first time at the Euronaval 2016 fair in Paris. Contacted on this subject, Naval Group tells us that if the SMX 3.0 is not strictly speaking "the" submarine proposed for India, it is representative of what the French group can offer in terms of displacement, d 'autonomy, discretion and technological level.

This information would thus tend to confirm remarks that we collected in Mumbay last September on the occasion of the entry into service of the INS Kandheri, the second Scorpene submarine built under license in India. The P75i, if India chooses French design again, would then be a 3000t class building and would incorporate elements of the Scorpene of 1800t and the Shortfin Barracuda of 5000t +, already sold in Australia. Recall that the design of the latter was also based on another concept from Naval Group, the SMX Ocean unveiled at Euronaval 2014 and derived from Nuclear powered barracuda French.

Just like the Shortfin Barracuda is clearly inspired by the SMX Ocean without taking over all of its characteristics, today it could be that the P75i derives directly from the SMX 3.0, in a version tailor-made for Indian needs. Indeed, the latest sources in India now mention the possibility of integrating a vertical launcher for the firing of BrahMos supersonic anti-ship missiles, an optional request but desired by the Indian authorities.

The model proposed in India could be similar to that unveiled for the Dutch tender. Once considered an integral part of the “Barracuda” family, these 3000-3500t buildings actually form a new range of products.

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