Ahead of the dramatic announcement of the cancellation of the Shortfin Barracuda Attack-class submarine program designed by Naval Group for the Royal Australian Navy, in order to replace them with US-British nuclear-powered attack submarines within the framework of the constitution of the new alliance AUKUS, the program like Naval Group had been the object of an intense campaign of denigration as much in the press as in the armies and in the Australian parliament. As we had done then failed, the criticisms then repeated in a loop by the tabloids and even in the classic press, moreover widely taken up without contradiction by…Read the article
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After the Rafale and the Caesar, Naval Group's Scorpene could be the export star of 2023
When it comes to exporting French defense equipment, it is common to refer to certain privileged areas, such as combat aircraft with the immense success of the family of Mirage fighter aircraft, Alouette, Dauphin and Super Puma, or even armored vehicles like the AMX-13 or the VAB. In recent years, these have been the Rafale fighter from Dassault Aviation, today the most exported European fighter of its generation, and the CAESAR gun from Nexter, which has become one of the pillars of European defense and which demonstrates its great effectiveness in Ukraine, which made the headlines in terms of…Read the article
Indian Scorpene submarines soon to be fitted with AIP anaerobic propulsion
On the same day of the delivery of the 5th and penultimate Indian Kalvari-class submarine, INS Vagir, to the Indian Navy, the Naval Materials Research Laboratory (NMRL), belonging to the Indian agency of the armament DRDO, and the French naval group Naval Group, designer of the Scorpene submarine on which the Kalvari class was designed, have signed a framework agreement for the integration of an anaerobic propulsion system (AIP for Air Independent Propulsion) of local invoice on board the INS Kalvari, the first vessel of the eponymous class to enter service in 2017. The agreement, signed today in Mumbai, will make it possible to integrate the new Indian propulsion to…Read the article
Will Naval Group return to the Indian P75i submarine competition?
In 1997, New Delhi formalized the order for 6 conventionally powered submarines from the DCNS Scorpene model, which has since become Naval Group. The first submersible, the INS Kalvari, which will give its name to the class to come, entered service in 2017, bringing considerable operational added value to the Indian Navy. In 2014, the Indian authorities undertook to launch a new program, again for 6 attack submarines, but this time equipped with an aerobic propulsion system, or AIP for Air Independent Propulsion. After a first request for information in 2014, then a second in 2017, 5 design offices were selected to participate in the competition...Read the article
Faced with Fincantieri, Naval Group once again draws the FDI in Greece
The modernization of the Greek surface fleet is a critical subject for Athens. A little over a year ago, the Greek authorities announced the order of 3 FDI frigates from the French Naval Group with this in mind, as well as the start of a consultation for the local construction of 6 corvettes with anti-submarine capability. -Marine. Due to the defense agreement signed between Paris and Athens at the same time as the FDI and Rafale orders, many people considered that the Naval Group Gowind 2500 was the big favorite in this competition, especially since the corvette French offers excellent value for money and…Read the article
Can France return the courtesy to Germany on the subject of Dutch submarines?
In 2017, the Norwegian authorities announced the end of the competition initiated for several years to replace the 6 Ula class submarines in service with the Royal Norwegian Navy since the beginning of the 80s. Indeed, Berlin had proposed to Oslo to co-develop a new version of its Type 212 submarine, designated Type 212CD, and to order, in this case, two ships to reinforce the fleet of 6 submersibles in service within the German Navy. By doing so, all development costs were divided equally between Berlin and Oslo, and industrial compensation...Read the article
Sale of French submarines to Australia: a more credible hypothesis than it seems
When in September 2021, the Australian authorities announced the cancellation of the SEA 1000 program for the design and local manufacture of 12 Attack-class conventionally powered attack submarines by the French Naval Group, relations between Paris and Canberra seemed to have deteriorated for a long time. However, less than a year later, the French and Australian press mentioned, without much conviction it is true, the possibility for France to offer Australia the sale of 4 submarines so as to allow the Royal Australian Navy to have an interim solution between the withdrawal of the 6 Collins-class submarines in…Read the article
LPM 2023: 5 technological Quickwins to strengthen the French Armies in the face of High Intensity
We come to the conclusion of this series of articles devoted to the issues, risks and opportunities that frame the design of the next Military Programming Law. In recent days, through the voice of the Minister of the Armed Forces Sebastien Lecornu, certain tracks have been revealed as to the priority objectives of this LPM, such as the doubling of the operational reserve (Hypothesis 1 of the article "The" Army at the crossroads paths”), and like the reorganization of the industrial effort in order to reinforce the strategic autonomy of the country. It is obvious that the greatest unknown, to date, remains the organization, the financing and the scale of this effort, subjects which…Read the article
LPM 2023: Nuclear or conventional, what propulsion for the probable additional French submarines?
The need to extend the French Navy's submarine fleet is, today, one of the subjects which is the least debated by experts but also by several politicians who have spoken on this subject, and it is more likely that it will be taken into account by the next Military Programming Law currently being designed, and which will have to be applied from 2023. However, if today the French Navy only aligns and plans to align nuclear-powered submarines, the question arises as to whether these future attack submarines should belong to the new and very powerful class of SNA…Read the article
Can France lease nuclear attack submarines from Australia?
The announcement of the Australian decision to unilaterally cancel the contract for the local construction of 12 conventionally powered Attak-class submarines by Prime Minister Scott Morrison in September 2021 was, in substance as well as in form , perceived by France as a deep humiliation, provoking one of the most serious diplomatic crises in recent decades between France and the triptych gathered around the new AUKUS alliance, Australia, the United States and Great Britain. For Canberra, it was a question of turning to nuclear-powered submarines, considered more capable of meeting the future needs of…Read the article