The first French nuclear "Barracuda" began testing

The first French nuclear "Barracuda" began testing

The French lead multipurpose nuclear submarine Suffren of the new Barracuda project began immersion tests. The first static dive took place at the Naval Group shipyard in Cherbourg (Normandy). It is reported by Naval News.


The static diving procedure allows you to check the reliability of the sealing of the submarine, as well as evaluate its stability in the underwater position. After checking for leaks, the submarine will go to sea tests until the end of the first quarter, which will last several weeks. At the first stage, off the coast of Cherbourg, the submarine will continue to develop static dives of the submarine without the use of a mover. Then, "Suffren" will make the transition in the vicinity of Brest, where it will perform deep sea dives.

At the end of summer and early autumn, tests of weapons systems off the coast of Toulon are planned.

The submarine, dubbed Suffren - in honor of the French admiral Suffren de Saint-Tropez - was built over 10 years. It was laid in December 2007, launched on July 12, 2019, the transfer to the customer is planned at the end of this year.

The project "Barracuda" is one of the largest defense projects in France, even the fact that French President Emmanuel Macron and the Minister of Defense Florence Parley attended the ceremony of its "launching" show this.

The project to build six nuclear submarines of the new generation was launched in 1998 year and was initially estimated at 7,9 billion euros. But the costs eventually exceeded nine billion. Due to technical difficulties, the project was also delayed for three years.

Submarines of this series are to replace in the French Navy obsolete Rubis-type submarines built between 1976 and 1993 a year.

The submarine's displacement is about 5300 T, the length is 99 m, the service life of a nuclear reactor reaches 10 years. Submarines will be armed with Scalp Naval and Exocet cruise missiles, as well as heavy Black Shark torpedoes.
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  1. Thrifty 12 February 2020 16: 38 New
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    Truly, for the price it is not a barracuda fish, it is a pure white shark! 9 billion is the French Zumwalt for the submarine fleet!
    1. Boa kaa 12 February 2020 18: 15 New
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      Quote: Thrifty
      Truly, for the price it is not a barracuda fish, it is a pure white shark! 9 billion is the French Zumwalt for the submarine fleet!

      Sir, you are truly "thrifty"! laughing
      But 9 lard not for one, but for 6 units - total: 1,5 for each. Now they are worth it. What is there to be surprised, all the more so, the Eureka is not ours - the French!
      AHA.
      1. TermNachTer 12 February 2020 19: 27 New
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        Let's see how much they will “pull” when mass construction begins, if it begins. It is possible that the price tag will go far for 9 lard, so the series will have to be cut. It is too early to say, but the fact that it was built for a long time is a fact.
  2. Kurare 12 February 2020 16: 39 New
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    Displacement of the submarine - about 5300 tons, length - 99 m

    If not mistaken, the smallest (combat) nuclear submarine in the world. From that and the complexity of the project.
    In general, the French like to "pull an owl on the globe," otherwise they will succeed as with Charles de Gaulle. He just did not get out of the repair.
    ... the service life of a nuclear reactor reaches 10 years.

    And here, it seems like a typo. Something very little 10 years!
    1. knn54 12 February 2020 17: 28 New
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      The prototype (Ruby) is even smaller. You need to understand the replacement of 6 by 6. Only if the budget-emigrants allow you to somehow feed.
      1. Kurare 12 February 2020 18: 14 New
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        Quote: knn54
        Only whether the budget allows immigrants to somehow feed.

        hi We must pay tribute to the French, they, almost the only ones in continental Europe, who keep their gunpowder dry. So let's see.
      2. Krasnoyarsk 12 February 2020 19: 06 New
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        Quote: knn54
        The prototype (Ruby) is even smaller. You need to understand the replacement of 6 by 6. Only if the budget-emigrants allow you to somehow feed.

        Well, honestly, we found something to worry about. About the French budget and their migrants. Their migrants live better than many of our citizens.
      3. TermNachTer 12 February 2020 19: 28 New
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        Yes. With such prices, it would not have been necessary to cut the series.
    2. Grigory_45 12 February 2020 22: 01 New
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      Quote: Kurare
      Something very little 10 years!

      this is the period until the reactor core is rebooted (fuel change). On Soviet-built boats, the reload time of the reactors was the same 8-10 years. Americans have more - from 20 to 30 years between periods of change of the active zone. It also depends on the intensity of operation of the reactor.
  3. Ros 56 12 February 2020 16: 40 New
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    I wonder where the French are yanking on their boats. Basically, talk about ours and the striped, and about these and the British somehow silence.
    1. Altai72 12 February 2020 17: 18 New
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      Protect the native shore))
  4. Lord of the Sith 12 February 2020 16: 41 New
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    Something strange among the French, all military equipment is obtained, for which they won’t take it, it costs like gold by weight.
    1. Altai72 12 February 2020 17: 20 New
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      Precisely, both Leclerci and Rafali seem to be sawing from gold. Prices do not really match the competition.
      1. TermNachTer 12 February 2020 19: 29 New
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        So the boats also stand - be healthy, with a very relative quality.
    2. Omskgasmyas 12 February 2020 17: 46 New
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      They cram more super-duper lotions, and the series is small. So it turns out their technology is more expensive than gold.
    3. Boa kaa 12 February 2020 18: 51 New
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      Quote: Lord of the Sith
      Something strange among the French, all military equipment turns out ...
      “This is a tendency to grace,” - as one fan of all Western said. Interestingly, Barracuda is 2 times more in terms of Rubin displacement, but 2,5 times less than our Ashes ... Half as much Virgins. A sort of "inch" from the kingdom of Neptune. Nevertheless, it carries 20 units of weapons, including the Scalps, heavy TOs (paired the BIUS with its heavy F-21 Artemis, now you can abandon the English products!). We looked at the Germans and stuck in the MICA-IR underwater-based missile system, developed on the basis of the RVV SD with a 2-mode infrared seeker. The launch is underwater, in a capsule, but the radius is up to 20 km and in height up to 8, it seems ... So, the Germans with their MANPADS can only wipe themselves. We also worked on underwater handling at high speeds. X-shaped feed tail with rudders does not allow the feed to sag during circulation. They also borrowed this from the Norgens. They worked on the noise ... But they were not impressed - 45-50 dB is more than the 885M on the GEDs ... Yes, they also borrowed the idea from the Yankees with a capsule (Sea Wolf) for combat swimmers. But only 12 people fit. The scope is not that ... Amy 36 shoved!
      Interestingly, out of 60 crew members, only 4 quartermasters (contractors) are the remaining officers and non-commissioned officers (midshipmen), which implies a high professional level of training for submarine crews.
      Quote: Omskgazmyas
      Cram more super-duper lotions ...

      They have one interesting detail - tech. decision. They combined the nuclear power plants and the PUF into one energy block ... And 10 years, this is the term for the reloading of fuel elements.
      Here is a brief summary of what we managed to dig into the "baby with shark teeth."
  5. Hunter 2 12 February 2020 16: 45 New
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    The boat is interesting in that it is “small” ... very expensive and with incomprehensible performance characteristics.
    The French - may have opened a new niche ... or maybe screwed up.
    I like the idea of ​​Small submarines with nuclear reactors - I like it. But I am not a submariner at all. repeat
    1. Sky strike fighter 12 February 2020 16: 56 New
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      The service life of a nuclear reactor reaches 10 years.

      If this is so, then screwed up. Or can you put a new reactor later? Maybe it's some kind of French know-how?
    2. Mountain shooter 12 February 2020 18: 12 New
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      Quote: Hunter 2
      The French - may have opened a new niche ... or maybe screwed up.
      I like the idea of ​​Small submarines with nuclear reactors - I like it.

      I also expressed the opinion that a small boat with a nuclear reactor should be better than the same boat with VNEU. In every way. Yes, even if with a full electric motor, and a supply of batteries - a kind of hybrid. When we connect all sources - the speed is up to 40 knots! Purely at the reactor - up to 30, on batteries, quietly - 20 ... Ours just possess the necessary technologies. And the smaller the boat - the more secretive it is ... Crews of 20 people. All the same, the 21st century. Automation...
  6. Sky strike fighter 12 February 2020 16: 47 New
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    Promising French naval cruise missile to destroy ground targets NCM (Naval Cruise Missile, French abbreviation MdCN). Is there accurate data on its performance characteristics?
    KR NCM is based on the design of the Scalp EG rocket and was previously designated as Scalp Naval, but is made in a narrower fuselage. The NCM missile is created in two versions - a vertical launch, for launching from the Sylver A70 runway, and a boat launch, for launching from 533-mm submarine torpedo tubes. Estimated firing range exceeds 1000 km.

    https://bmpd.livejournal.com/1019043.html
  7. Old26 12 February 2020 17: 09 New
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    Quote: Kurare
    And here, it seems like a typo. Something very little 10 years!

    Reboot possible after 10 years
    1. Kurare 12 February 2020 18: 15 New
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      Quote: Old26
      Reboot possible after 10 years

      Yes, and this is not enough! But, the boat is very small, which means that the dimensions of the reactors are on the verge of possible. So, it may well be that you are right.
      1. SAG
        SAG 13 February 2020 01: 31 New
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        Quote: Kurare
        But, the boat is very small, which means that the dimensions of the reactors are on the verge of possible. So, it may well be that you are right.

        That is, Poseidon did not impress you with its size? laughing
        1. Kurare 13 February 2020 11: 21 New
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          First - Poseidon unmanned aerial vehicle. You can compare it with the inhabited submarine, but immodestly.
          And secondly - Poseidon is "disposable", i.e. like a cruise missile under water. After all, they don’t even put engines on it with a resource of several hundred hours, it makes no sense. The same thing with the mover of Poseidon.
          1. SAG
            SAG 13 February 2020 23: 26 New
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            Quote: Kurare
            First - Poseidon unmanned aerial vehicle. You can compare it with the inhabited submarine, but immodestly.
            And secondly - Poseidon is "disposable", i.e. like a cruise missile under water. After all, they don’t even put engines on it with a resource of several hundred hours, it makes no sense. The same thing with the mover of Poseidon.

            Let's start again, because you apparently did not understand the essence of the comment. You wrote that the dimensions of the reactor are on the verge of possible. I tried to hint that this is not even close. And then the purpose and technical characteristics for some reason began to compare ...
            1. Kurare 14 February 2020 11: 40 New
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              Quote: SAG
              You wrote that the dimensions of the reactor are on the verge of possible. I tried to hint that this is not even close.

              That's just the point that on the verge of possible for combat submarine. You can compare with the "Losharik", it is also smaller than the "Barracuda". But the "Losharik" does not go at a speed of 25 knots, and the "Poseidon" does not require either crew protection or the durability of nuclear weapons. Therefore, he hinted that the comparison is incorrect.
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                SAG 14 February 2020 17: 51 New
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                That's just the point that on the verge of possible for combat submarine. You can compare with the "Losharik", it is also smaller than the "Barracuda". But the "Losharik" does not go at a speed of 25 knots, and the "Poseidon" does not require either crew protection or the durability of nuclear weapons. Therefore, he hinted that the comparison is incorrect.

                The comparison is correct, because combat apl does not have to be inhabited (technologies are developing). What do you mean by crew protection and what is your data on the Poseidon YaU resource?
                1. Kurare 14 February 2020 18: 03 New
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                  Quote: SAG
                  The comparison is correct, because combat apl does not have to be inhabited (technologies are developing).

                  That's when Barracuda becomes uninhabited, then we will compare.
                  Quote: SAG
                  ... do you have data on the Poseidon YaU resource?

                  Such data are not available in open sources, but for the dissemination of these you can lose your head)) My assumptions are based on analogies, the same cruise missiles.
                  1. SAG
                    SAG 14 February 2020 18: 08 New
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                    That is, the bottom line: Two nuclear submarines on underwater vehicles (about the life of which we reliably do not know anything), but the size of the Russian installation ON ORDER less french hi(Of course, the French have more power, but the specific power is probably no more than yes)
                    1. Kurare 14 February 2020 18: 41 New
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                      Power is one thing. But the crew protection. They, just right on Poseidon, can be neglected. Further, it is not required to restart the reactor at Poseidon, it probably has enough fuel for one trip. In Barracuda, of course, there are more of it. Further, systems providing secrecy on submarines are more developed, which means that they take up a lot of space. You can still list a lot.

                      As for the specific power, I think that Poseidon will give a considerable head start. Well, so they have different tasks. hi
  8. Altai72 12 February 2020 17: 17 New
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    For the whole fleet. And the French, too, see the manners ..
    1. cniza 12 February 2020 18: 02 New
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      Their admirals also want to eat ...
  9. cniza 12 February 2020 18: 01 New
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    The project to build six nuclear submarines of the new generation was launched in 1998 year and was initially estimated at 7,9 billion euros. But the costs eventually exceeded nine billion. Due to technical difficulties, the project was also delayed for three years.


    Yes, China can give everyone a head start, I don’t know about boats on surface for sure ...
    1. Graz 12 February 2020 18: 06 New
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      Well, it’s still not known what quality the Chinese ships are riveting at such a pace
      1. cniza 12 February 2020 18: 27 New
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        I agree, time will tell ...
  10. bars1 12 February 2020 22: 04 New
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    They built it for 12 years ... But it’s interesting, the French all-embracers (if there are any) cried that in France they forgot how to quickly build submarines?
  11. Old26 13 February 2020 13: 11 New
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    Quote: SAG
    That is, Poseidon did not impress you with its size?

    But are you tired of always and everywhere trumping Poseidon? We are talking about the nuclear submarine, its dimensions and that the reactor has been operating for 10 years. What side is there at all "Poseidon" ???

    Quote: TermNachTER
    Let's see how much they will “pull” when mass construction begins, if it begins. It is possible that the price tag will go far for 9 lard, so the series will have to be cut. It is too early to say, but the fact that it was built for a long time is a fact.

    We will see. But they usually fulfill their plans. Whether the price tag will go out strongly for 9 lard or not is still unknown. The French usually if the price tag leaves, then not by much .. As for the long construction, I agree. But our headquarters were also built oh how much time. What are the boats of the Ash project, what is the Borey

    Quote: Sky Strike fighter
    Is there accurate data on its performance characteristics?

    Previously, the shipborne cruise missile for the destruction of ground targets NCM (MdCN) was called Scalp Naval.
    Available in two versions. Boat and ship. The boat is fired through a 533 mm caliber TA, the ship is fired from the Sylver A-70 vertical launcher.
    range in the boat version - 1000 km, in the ship - 1400 km. Length - 5,5 m, diameter 500 mm. Starting - 1400 kg. carries 300kg warhead
  12. lvov_aleksey 13 February 2020 23: 30 New
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    we are not the brakes, but we think ours are already there, noise, etc. (TTX) will appreciate the future