With the SMX 3.0 submarine model, Naval Group pulls out all the stops 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 the SMX 3.0, a design presented for the first time at the Euronaval 2016 show in Paris. Contacted about this, 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 travel, 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 as the Shortfin Barracuda is clearly inspired by the SMX Ocean without incorporating all of its characteristics, it could now be that the P75i derives directly from the SMX 3.0, in a version tailored to Indian needs. Indeed, the latest sources in India now evoke the possibility of integrating a vertical launcher for firing BrahMos supersonic anti-ship missiles, an optional request but desired by the Indian authorities.

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

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