Naval Group withdraws from India's P75i AIP submarine competition

Until recently, Naval Group was considered one of the favorites of the P75i competition launched in 2017 by New Delhi with a view to designing and locally building 6 new attack submarines equipped with an anaerobic propulsion system. , designated by the English acronym AIP for Air Independent Propulsion. The French specialist in military ships and submarines could indeed rely on the previous P75 program, launched in 1999, based on the Scorpene submarine, and whose 6th and last unit was launched this Wednesday April 20. After a rocky start, as is often the case in India, the program has come…

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With the 42 Indonesian Rafales, the Dassault fighter equals the exports of the Mirage 2000

"Too complex, too expensive, unsaleable", this is how Hervé Morin, then Nicolas Sarkozy's Minister of Defense, explained the poor sale of the Rafale on the international scene in the early 2010s. Today, however, with a new contract for the acquisition of 42 aircraft to be delivered from 2025 for the Indonesian Air Force, the French aeronautical flagship has reached a total of 284 export orders to 7 international customers, equaling in volume the exports of its predecessor, the Mirage 2000, 285 exported to 8 countries. This new contract, estimated at €7 billion, allows Team Rafale to confirm the exceptional results recorded…

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Florence Parly in Indonesia to negotiate the sale of Rafale and Scorpene submarines?

Since this morning, the French Minister for the Armed Forces has been in Jakarta, Indonesia on a 2-day trip which is of strategic importance for France and its defense industry. For two years now, negotiations have been under way between Paris and Jakarta on the acquisition of Rafale fighters for the Indonesian air force, and Scorpene submarines for the country's navy, in a vast effort to modernize the armed forces having resulted, in recent months, in the order of 6 FREMM frigates from the Italian fincantieri and two Arrowhead 140 frigates being built locally from the British company Babcock. The…

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Barracuda, Shortfin, Scorpene: What alternatives to increase the French submarine fleet?

For several months, several French Deputies and Senators, whether they belong to the presidential majority or to the opposition, have repeatedly and more and more precisely questioned the Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly as the Chiefs of Staff on the capabilities and deficiencies of the French armies in the field of high intensity combat and nuclear deterrence. Combat drones, fighter or frigate fleets, second aircraft carriers and armored vehicles, many topics were discussed, with the very real fear expressed by parliamentarians that the operational capabilities of the French armies would be, in the years to come. , insufficient for…

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Indian Navy favors 6 nuclear attack submarines over a 3rd aircraft carrier

The development of a third aircraft carrier and its on-board air group for the Indian Navy has a strong symbolic stake in the country. For New Delhi, it is a question of showing in Beijing but also in Islamabad that the Indian Navy now plays in the court of the great Navy of the High Seas, and this all the more so as this third ship must be equipped with catapults, stops, and modern combat aircraft, with the development of a new national on-board fighter, the AMCA program in sight. However, and despite all the symbolism surrounding this program, the Indian Navy has officially informed the…

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Type 214, Scorpene, Yuan: how do modern conventional submarines perform? - Part 1

With the return of international tensions in the early 2010s, the role of attack submarines rose considerably for the world's navies. A new generation of conventionally powered attack submarines is now entering service, often fitted with anaerobic modules extending their diving range and offering increased performance and enhanced offensive capabilities. A dozen models today share this often critical market for many navies. In this article, we will present the first 5 models (alphabetical classification by country), to understand their performance and advantages. A second article will present the last 5 models. Germany: Type 212…

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In Southeast Asia, the number of submarines has increased by 300% in 20 years

With the rise of the Chinese fleet, which aims to equal the US Navy by 2050, and the policy of fait accompli sometimes implemented by Beijing, naval tensions in Southeast Asia have increased since ten years. It is therefore not surprising to note that the majority of the countries in the zone are developing and modernizing their navies, sometimes in a substantial way. Beyond Japan, the two Koreas, Australia and India, many Marines, who until then were confined to coastal defense and State action missions at sea, are now being given of…

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To build new submarines in India, Naval Group seeks to develop exclusive partnerships with local shipyards

According to information from the Indian newspaper The Economic Times, the French shipbuilder Naval Group is in discussion with the two Indian shipyards selected by New Delhi to build the six new Project 75i submarines. Considered as one of the two most serious candidates in this competition, Naval Group nevertheless seeks to promote exclusive relations between international manufacturers and Indian shipyards. For the French group, strong and lasting links between foreign suppliers and local manufacturers would allow the Indian Ministry of Defense to conduct its programs more quickly, at a lower cost, while ensuring a strengthening of…

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Turkey on track to complete modernization of Pakistan's first Agosta-90B submarine, despite French opposition

In recent days, the Turkish and Pakistani press have returned to the modernization program for Pakistani Agosta-90B type submarines being refitted in Turkey. The Turkish company STM, in charge of the redesign of the first building, would thus have affirmed that a first modernized Agosta-90B would be launched by the end of the month "despite the sanctions and restrictions" imposed by France. The statement does not, however, specify whether its sanctions and restrictions are imposed by the French authorities or by Naval Group, the builder of the Agosta, nor whether they are exercised on the end customer (Pakistan) or on the Turkish industrialists in charge of…

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With the SMX 3.0 submarine model, Naval Group pulls out all the stops to win in India

During the DEFEXPO show in India, Naval Group exhibited its SMX 3.0 concept and, in doing so, lifted the veil on what its proposal for the P75i submarine program could be. According to several sources, citing representatives of Naval Group, 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 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…

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