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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Will Australia's nuclear submarine program collapse?

No one has forgotten the sensational announcement made by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, along with his British counterpart Boris Johnson and US President Joe Biden in September 2021, which ended the Franco-Australian Shortfin submarine program. Barracuda for the benefit of a fleet of nuclear-powered submarines made within the framework of a new alliance bringing together the 3 countries, and designated by the acronym AUKUS. It is true that the Australian Shortfin Barracuda conventionally powered ocean-going submarine program had been under fire from critics for several years, in particular because of an overall budget envelope of 90 billion Australian dollars presented as gargantuan to the...

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India, South Korea: France on the offensive in the field of nuclear submarines

The Minister of the French Armed Forces, Florence Parly, is traveling to India this weekend to meet her Indian counterpart Shri Rajnath Singh, as well as other officials from New Delhi, in order to discuss several topics in the field of cooperation. strategic and industrial relationship between the two countries, partners and long-standing allies. In addition to the question of a possible additional order of Rafale aircraft, cooperation in the field of helicopters with a line of sight, a possible contract to equip the Indian Coast Guard with Caracal helicopters, and questions of strategic cooperation in the theater Pacific shaken up in recent months both by the…

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Australia Reportedly Consider Ordering New Collins Conventional Submarines As A 'Hold Solution'

When Scott Morrison announced last September the cancellation of the contract for the construction of conventionally powered submarines of the Attack class of the French Naval Group, in order to equip itself with nuclear-powered submarines of American or British invoice, Many observers pointed out that the timetable underlying such a decision would cause serious problems for the Royal Australian Navy. Indeed, the 6 Collins-class conventional submarines currently in service, which entered service between 1996 and 2003, would have all the trouble in the world to be kept in active service until 2050, an optimistic date for the delivery of the last submarine…

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Indian submarines: the competition not to be missed for Naval Group

After the withdrawal of Kockums and its A26 Océanique submarine at the start of 2020, it is now the turn of the German TKMS and its Type 214 to throw in the towel in the Indian competition P75i which aims to build 6 ocean-going AIP anaerobic-powered submarines in the country's shipyards, with an important dimension of technology transfer. There are still 4 manufacturers involved in this competition: the Spanish Navantia with the S-80 Plus, the South Korean Huyndaï with the DSME-3000 derived from the Dosan Ahn Changho class, the Russian Rubin with the Amur class, and the SMX 3.0 from the French Naval Group, derived from…

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Japan, India .. Has the nuclear submarine race in the Pacific started?

The day after the announcement of the creation of the AUKUS alliance bringing together the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia, and the order by the latter of nuclear attack submarines to the detriment of submarines conventionally powered Shortfin Barracuda ordered from Naval Group, we headlined "In Australia, Joe Biden opens a very dangerous Pandora's box", an analysis of the risk of seeing, with this maneuver, many countries absolve themselves of the agreement tacit agreement which hitherto prevented the 5 major nuclear nations from exporting nuclear-powered submarines. Obviously, this option is indeed gaining momentum very quickly, especially with several major military nations…

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What is this flaw that worries nuclear control specialists about Australian submarines?

Since last Wednesday, and the announcement by Canberra, Washington and London of the signing of a tripartite alliance treaty and the replacement of the French-built Shortfin Barracuda conventionally powered submarine program by a nuclear submarine model American or British attack, a lot of information, often confused, emerged in the press about the type of reactor that would be used, and the respect of international legislation by this contract. It seems important to present a clear and understandable vision of the technological solutions and regulations to which reference is often made, so as to understand the stakes of such a decision. In the facts,…

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Is Naval Group's Australian Contract Cancellation really a surprise?

Amid the outcry of stunned statements crying Anglo-Saxon surprise and treachery over the cancellation of the contract to design and locally build 12 conventionally powered Shortfin Barracuda submarines in Australia, a dissonant statement came almost unnoticed, although it carries with it an undeniable legitimacy and sincerity. According to Vincent Hurel, secretary general of the CGT Naval Group in Cherbourg, the disappointment is only "moderate", insofar as "the risk was known". And indeed, for those who followed the progress of this program in the antipodes, the prospects for this contract had been severely degraded for a few months, and...

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In Australia, Joe Biden opens a very dangerous Pandora's box

Since the confirmation of the cancellation of the contract for the acquisition of 12 conventionally powered Shortfin Barracuda submarines designed by the French Naval Group, and the integration of Canberra into a tripartite alliance with the United States and Great Britain Britain including, among other things, the sale of American nuclear attack submarines, the defense community is in turmoil, especially in France. "Stabbing", "Treason"... the qualifiers are not lacking concerning the substance, but also the form with which this decision was made public, seriously damaging the international image of the French military naval industry for many many years. On the other hand, very few, including among…

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