The nuclear attack submarine Suffren, the future arm of the French Navy, begins its sea trials

We have mentioned it in recent days: the renewal of French attack submarines is on the right track. On the one hand, the Suffren, first in a new class of nuclear attack submarines, now floats freely and is currently starting its sea trials. On the other hand, the French Navy received its first new generation heavy torpedoes, which will constitute the main armament of these new buildings.

Together, the Suffren class and the F21 torpedo will allow the replacement of the Rubis nuclear submarine class and the F17 torpedoes, now obsolete in many respects. The opportunity for us to return to the Barracuda program which led to the creation of this new Suffren class.

The Suffren during its official launching ceremony on July 12, 2019. Since then, the building has experienced a refueling of nuclear fuel, a launch, the divergence of the reactor core and its first buoyancy tests.

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