DCNS show­cases its un­der­wa­ter tech­nolo­gies in UDT Europe 2013

SP's MAI - - MILITARY - [ By Lt Gen­eral (Retd) Naresh Chand ]

UDT Europe is the lead­ing global con­fer­ence and ex­hi­bi­tion ded­i­cated to un­der­wa­ter de­fence and se­cu­rity is­sues which is be­ing held for the last 25 years. It brings to­gether pro­fes­sion­als from the mil­i­tary, in­dus­try and academia to fo­cus on the cut­ting-edge tech­nolo­gies and de­vel­op­ments in sub­ma­rine tech­nolo­gies, anti-sub­ma­rine war­fare, mine war­fare, and crit­i­cal de­vel­op­ments in de­liv­er­ing se­cu­rity in the un­der­wa­ter en­vi­ron­ment. The 2013 edi­tion of UDT was held at Ham­burg from June18-20 where DCNS show­cased a large num­ber of un­der­wa­ter cut­ting-edge tech­nolo­gies and prod­ucts.

Scor­pene fam­ily of diesel elec­tric sub­marines (SSKs): Th­ese have al­ready been se­lected by the Chilean, Royal Malaysian, In­dian and Brazil­ian Navies. Scor­pene sub­marines rep­re­sent state-of-theart in sub­ma­rine de­sign and con­struc­tion spe­cially in acous­tic dis­cre­tion and com­bat sys­tem per­for­mance. Scor­pene also of­fers the op­tion of MESMA©AIP sys­tem which is a an Air In­de­pen­dent Propul­sion sys­tem de­signed specif­i­cally for con­ven­tional sub­marines. It also sup­plies elec­tric­ity and recharges the bat­ter­ies with­out the need to sur­face. With this op­tion Scor­pene is ca­pa­ble of car­ry­ing out un­der­wa­ter mis­sions for more than three weeks with­out the need to come on sur­face to ac­cess at­mo­spheric oxy­gen.

Subtics com­bat sys­tem: This sys­tem com­bines long-range weapons like tor­pe­does, anti-ship mis­siles, counter-mea­sures and land-at­tack ca­pa­bil­i­ties in all nav­i­ga­tion con­di­tions. The func­tions are car­ried out from multi-func­tion com­mon con­soles which have open ar­chi­tec­ture and mod­u­lar con­struc­tion to en­sure easy adap­tion by other sub­marines and com­bat re­quire­ments.

An­drasta: This is a com­pact sub­ma­rine de­signed to op­er­ate in lit­toral con­di­tions. An­drasta has evolved from Scor­pene and com­bines a state-of-the-art de­sign with stealth, agility and power.

Heavy weight tor­pedo F21: DCNS has been awarded a con­tract for the de­vel­op­ment and pro­duc­tion of F21 tor­pe­does for the French Navy. This tor­pedo is de­signed to en­able sub­marines to de­stroy en­emy sur­face com­bat­ants and sub­marines. It has a max­i­mum speed of 50 kts (92.6 kmph) and a range of more than 50 km. So far 100 units have been or­dered. Mi­gal in­ter­face mod­ule en­ables F-21 tor­pedo to be fired from all type of sub­marines.

Light­weight tor­pedo MU90: MU90 is the sole new light­weight tor­pedo in the world which is de­signed to counter any type of sub­ma­rine like acous­ti­cally coated, deep div­ing, tak­ing fast eva­sive ac­tion, de­ploy­ing anti-tor­pedo mea­sures or bot­tomed in lit­toral ar­eas. MU90 tor­pedo is in ser­vice in Aus­tralia, Den­mark, France, Ger­many, Italy and Poland.

Con­tralto/Canto: This is a new-gen­er­a­tion tor­pedo de­fence sys­tem which has been es­pe­cially de­signed to counter the legacy tor­pe­does as well as the mod­ern fam­ily of tor­pe­does. The sys­tem can eas­ily be in­cor­po­rated into newly de­signed ships or added dur­ing re­fit or mod­erni­sa­tion pro­gramme of ships. Th­ese are be­ing de­liv­ered to the French and Brazil­ian Navy.

SMX26: SMX-26 is a 1,000 tonnes sur­face dis­place­ment sub­ma­rine de­signed to op­er­ate in ex­treme shal­low wa­ters and is the first sub­ma­rine de­signed to op­er­ate ef­fec­tively in shal­low wa­ters with full ca­pa­bil­ity. It can op­er­ate in 12-me­tre deep wa­ters due to spe­cific hull de­sign. Bot­tom­ing is an ac­tive sit­u­a­tion for the SMX-26 dur­ing which it can ac­com­plish long sur­veil­lance mis­sions. When re­quired SMX-26 can rapidly hover and counter threat from air, sur­face and sub­sur­face. It also en­ables the mas­sive de­ploy­ment of Spe­cial Forces and their equip­ments within min­utes.

Lithium-based chem­istry: En­ergy sources are a key is­sue for the de­vel­op­ment of new un­der­wa­ter elec­tri­cal ve­hi­cles and lithium-based chem­istry is one of the most promis­ing op­tions. DCNS is thus car­ry­ing out re­search and de­vel­op­ment in this field, a pa­per on which was pre­sented dur­ing the cur­rent UDT.

OPV as a po­ten­tial mine coun­ter­mea­sures mother ship: Fu­ture mine coun­ter­mea­sures (MCM) will be car­ried out by un­manned ve­hi­cles, launched from ashore or mother ships which will also re­duce the re­quire­ment of spe­cial MCM ships. Thus a dis­cus­sion was car­ried out on the fea­si­bil­ity of car­ry­ing and op­er­at­ing MCM un­manned sys­tems from OPVs led by DCNS where they also pre­sented a pos­si­ble so­lu­tion.

Scor­pene sub­ma­rine

An­drasta com­pact sub­ma­rine

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