2014 Show Daily - DCNS SMX OCEAN Submarine
Preview: DCNS SMX OCEAN heavy diesel electric submarine (SSK)
Mesnet, Marketing Director (Export of Submarines) at DCNS, gives Navy
Recognition an exclusive preview of the SMX OCEAN that will be
unveiled at Euronaval 2014. The interview was conducted at the confidential
site of Bagneux where DCNS develops its combat management systems and
conduct some research and development on future projects.
Xavier Mesnet presents the SMX OCEAN heavy SSK to be unveiled at Euronaval
focus of DCNS engineers in developing this submarine was put on endurance
and high sustained speed. The 4,700 tons SSK was designed for an endurance
of 14,000 nautical miles (3 months autonomy) and a continuous transit
speed of 14 knots for 1 week.
To achieve such performance, the propulsion system is based on DCNS'
revolutionary second generation fuel cell. It consists in the combination
of a diesel reformer (therefore only diesel is used for both the diesel
engine and the AIP) with air fuel cell technology.
More details on this second generation fuel cell (which has already
been tested by DCNS) as well as on the SMX OCEAN will be disclosed during
The SMX OCEAN concept is fitted with an impressive load of up to 34
weapons for action in the four domains: anti-air, anti-surface, anti-submarine
& action against land targets.
SMX OCEAN SSK is DCNS answer to the recent emmergence of several heavy
SSK projects such as the Type 216 by TKMS (~4,000 tons ), the KSS III
project from South Korea (~3,000 tons ) or the Soryu class of Japan
DCNS already has the know how to design heavy submarines (few shipyards
in the world are capable of designing and producing SSBNs and SSNs)
and DCNS insists SMX OCEAN is more than a concept: Construction could
start fairly rapidly since it is based on the already under production