SMX-26 - photo RP Defense
October 24, 2012 defpro.com
The DCNS stand at Euronaval 2012 (Hall 2 – Stand F66-G57) presents the best and latest from the Group’s product and service portfolios. A world leader in naval defence, DCNS is presenting its know-how to delegations from around the globe every day at the show.
Below we briefly describe some of our most innovative products:
FREMM-ER (Extended Range): enhanced anti-air capabilities. Thanks to its four-panel phased-array antenna and continuous hemispherical coverage, the new radar can detect and track threats at unprecedented ranges enabling the combat management system (CMS) to exploit the ship’s current and future weapons systems to the full. These capabilities are particularly important for littoral operations, in bad weather and against increasingly stealthy threats.
NextGen CIC (Command & Information Centre), a new concept for next-generation ops rooms. As sensor datasets grow by the day, theatres of operations become more complex and the digital revolution advances in leaps and bounds, DCNS is helping client navies to cope with the challenges by developing new systems to display operational information and decision aids. The overriding aim is to put operators fully ‘in the loop’ and to facilitate decision-making in the most complex situations. This new concept is an excellent example of a DCNS naval system designed to deal with new threats while ensuring information supremacy in combat.
Brave logistic support vessel and underway replenishment tanker. Brave vessels are designed for warship underway replenishment (dry cargo, liquids and munitions) as well as at-sea logistic support for an entire naval group. Loading, storage and delivery of all items, including hazardous materials, are of course part of the mission statement. The Brave concept can accommodate two double (port/starboard) replenishment rigs, each handling both liquids and dry cargo, for a ‘four at a time’ heavy cargo capability.
Gowind range: Gowind Combat corvette, Gowind OPV L’Adroit, and latest development.
DCNS is currently developing a Gowind version for mine countermeasures (MCM). The ship is being tailored to deploy unmanned vehicles designed specifically to detect, identify and destroy underwater mines.
For the Gowind Combat, DCNS is designing a new superstructure module comprising, in a single building block, the bridge, ops room and enclosed mast. This module will be deliverable to partner shipyards as part of contracts calling for local shipbuilding.
Andrasta: The Andrasta compact submarine is designed to operate in shallow littoral waters as well as deep ocean waters. A direct descendent of the Scorpene, it is remarkably effective in all roles close to coasts. Recent advances have focused on improved acoustic discretion, improved sonar detection capabilities, particularly in coastal environments, and additional provision for intelligence gathering; an essential role in coastal theatres. Endurance has also been extended to three weeks.
A3SM: New DCNS-designed weapon system to protect submarines against airborne ASW attacks. A3SM comes in two versions, both fully integrated with Subtics® combat systems:
- Mast version: Comprises a missile housing (that remains watertight throughout the submarine’s operating range and down to maximum diving depth) mounted on a hoistable mast and containing several short-range Mistral missiles that can be fired from periscope depth.
- Underwater vehicle version: Comprises a torpedo-like capsule containing a medium-range (20 km) Mica missile that is tube-launchable at any depth. The capsule is similar to the type developed for submarine-launched Exocet anti-ship missiles.
SMX-26: A compact submarine designed to look, listen and act in shallow confined coastal waters (> 15m) where conventional submarines fear to go. Two propeller shafts and four retractable azimuthing thrusters make the SMX 26 extremely manoeuvrable, including hovering and vertical excursions even when near the seafloor, close to the surface in a swell, or both at once.
Using extendable wheeled legs, the SMX-26 can settle quickly on almost any seafloor, deploy a flexible snorkel and power cables to the surface, then wait quietly for up to 30 days before striking its targets hard and fast by deploying up to six special forces divers, using its mast-mounted weapons (a 20-mm gun and a self-defence anti-air missile system) or firing its tube-launched weapons (two heavyweight torpedoes and eight lightweight torpedoes with special high-explosive warheads).
The stand also presents the Group’s global service offering. Drawing on experience acquired serving the French Navy and international customers, DCNS offers a range of services (technology transfers, teaching programmes, training, simulation solutions, etc.) to help client navies make the best use of their assets, maintain them (through-life support programmes, upgrades, etc.) and manage naval base infrastructure (design, construction, operation and/or maintenance, integration of defence-critical facilities, shipyard refurbishment, etc.). For DCNS, the aim is to offer customers services tailored to their needs and ensuring the required levels of fleet availability and performance.
DCNS Research brings together all DCNS activities involving research & technology development by building on basic research and theory to yield applications vital to the design and development of new products and services for the naval defence or energy sectors. In addition to new materials and high-productivity manufacturing processes, the department is developing innovative control and stabilisation systems for unmanned vehicles like the unmanned surface vehicle (USV) Remorina. DCNS Research is also developing sophisticated data processing algorithms for combat management and surveillance systems and contributing, through simulation modelling, to efforts to reduce the signatures and environmental impact of maritime systems. In a word, the department applies innovation to improving the Group’s competitive edge. Finally, DCNS Research is working on a dozen or more joint projects in collaboration with the Jules Verne Technology Research Institute and other public and industry-funded research centres.