Will Australia cancel contract for 12 Naval Group Shortfin Barracuda submarines?

The information has the effect of a bomb, and has yet to be confirmed by official channels. But according to the site abc.net.au, the Australian government has taken the decision to cancel the contract awarded to the French Naval Group for the design and local construction of 12 conventionally powered Shortfin Barracuda submarines. According to the site, Canberra has indeed decided to develop nuclear-powered submarines to replace its Swedish-built Collins-class submarines, relying on an American-British partnership in this area for transfers of technology. This would certainly be news with serious consequences for the French shipbuilder who had…

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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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The Australian Armies are also bracing for the worst in the years to come over Taiwan

A few weeks ago, Admiral Phil Davidson, commander of the American forces deployed in the Pacific, publicly considered that from now on, it was to be expected that Beijing would begin military action with a view to taking Taiwan by force, and this by 2027. According to the American general officer, the People's Liberation Army will indeed have the necessary military means to accomplish this mission in the next few years, thanks to a specific global effort by the Chinese authorities to achieve it. Obviously, the Australian armies share the same concerns, and have begun strategic thinking, as well as exercises, to deal with them. Thus, the…

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Is the contract for 12 Australian submarines awarded to Naval Group threatened?

For nearly 2 years, part of the Australian press close to the opposition Labor party has been waging a merciless war against the contract won by the French Naval Group to design and build 12 Shortfin Barracuda type submarines on site, a version conventionally powered Barracuda model of the new class of Suffren nuclear attack submarines which will enter service in the coming months with the French Navy. Supported by the Swedish Saab-Kockums, which had built the 6 Collins-class submarines currently in service and which hopes to benefit from a possible derailment of this contract, this hidden war...

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

According to the staff of the American Navy, submarines would represent today the best response to the rise in power of certain naval powers, citing in particular China. It is true that in Asia, the number of submarines in service in the various navies has more than quadrupled in 20 years, and that all the major navies are engaged in the renewal or even the extension of their submersible fleet. . In the second part of this article intended to present the conventionally powered submarines which enter service today, or which will do so in the years to come, we will present the 5 latest models of this…

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The nuclear submarine Suffren continues its tests in the Mediterranean in a tense context for the French submarine force

At the end of April, while France was still in full confinement following the coronavirus epidemic, the nuclear attack submarine Suffren began its sea trials off Cherbourg. The first Barracuda-type vessel, the Suffren is currently pursuing a particularly intensive sea trial campaign, given that the French Navy wishes to put the SNA into service by the end of the year. If this schedule is in itself very impressive, especially for the first representative of a new class of ships, it is also particularly critical. Indeed, as we had described in detail, the French submarine fleet could experience a…

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Suffren nuclear attack submarine begins sea trials, with some adaptations linked to the coronavirus epidemic

Off Cherbourg, the new French submarine, the Suffren, began its sea trials campaign on 28 April. Towed and escorted off Cherbourg, it carried out its first casting off and its first dive there, a stage which marks the start of a trial campaign lasting several months which promises to be particularly intense. Officially launched on July 12 in the presence of the President of the Republic, this first Barracuda-type submarine did not actually float freely before the beginning of February. Between these two dates, the submarine carried out several tests in the open air before being put into the water, its…

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Naval Group unveils its measures to deal with Covid-19 and the crises looming in the coming years

In France, the containment and social distancing measures imposed by the coronavirus epidemic affect almost all companies. Globally, the Covid-19 pandemic has caused a gigantic economic crisis, with a sharp reduction in production in most countries of the northern hemisphere. At the same time, as we have regularly reported, international tensions have been exacerbated almost everywhere in the world, requiring the placing of fighter planes on alert and the deployment of warships. In addition, most navies today find themselves involved in the fight against the coronavirus. In such a context,…

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First submarine with high-performance lithium-ion batteries is operational in Japan

On March 5, the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (or JMSDF) admitted into service its first conventional submarine equipped with lithium-ion batteries. Eleventh building of the Sōryū class, the Ōryū is also the first submarine in the world to be equipped with this type of accumulator which makes it possible to significantly increase the diving performance of submarines. If they have many advantages, li-ion batteries are not without flaws. Far from being a miracle solution, they are nevertheless of interest to many shipbuilders, in particular the French Naval Group, because of the operational advantages they can offer. Built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries near…

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

We have mentioned it in recent days: the renewal of French attack submarines is well underway. On the one hand, the Suffren, the first of a new class of nuclear attack submarines, now floats freely and is currently beginning its sea trials. On the other hand, the French Navy has received its first heavy torpedoes new generation, 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 class of nuclear submarines and the F17 torpedoes, now obsolete in many respects. The opportunity for us to come back to the Barracuda program which led to the…

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