Blekinge, Barracuda, Taigei: how do modern conventional submarines perform? - 2nd part

According to the staff of the American Navy, submarines represent today the best response to the rise of certain naval powers, citing China in particular. It is true that in Asia the number of submarines in service in the various navies to more than quadrupled in 20 years, and that all major navies are engaged in the renewal or even the extension of their submarine fleet. In the second part of this article intended to present the submarines with conventional propulsion which enter service today, or will do so in the years to come, we will present the last 5 models of this panel, classified in alphabetical order according to their country of conception.

France: Model Shortfin Barracuda

Of all the submarines featured here, Naval Group's Shortfin Barracuda is unique in more than one way: it is the only conventionally powered submarine to be derived from a nuclear submarine, and the only one to have, in fact, many of the attributes specific to this type of ship. Indeed, the Shortfin Barracuda, and its Australian version the Attack class, derive from the new class of Nuclear Attack Submarine (SSN) Suffren, whose first eponymous unit is currently completing its trials in the Mediterranean with a view to entering service in the coming months in the French Marine National. 6 units have been ordered by France to replace its 6 first generation SSN of the Rubis / Amethyste class, the last unit due to enter service in 2028.

The Suffren, the first unit of the eponymous class, is completing its sea trials and should soon enter service in the French Navy

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