DCNS unveils SMX Ocean, a new blue-water SSK with expanded capabilities

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EURONAVAL 2014 Show Daily - DCNS SMX OCEAN
 
 
 
DCNS unveils SMX Ocean, a new blue-water SSK with expanded capabilities
 
At Euronaval 2014, DCNS is unveiling the SMX Ocean conventionally powered attack submarine. The new vessel draws extensively on the design of a state-of-the-art nuclear- powered submarine, with a number of key innovations that give this diesel-electric adaptation truly outstanding performance.
     
DCNS unveils SMX Ocean, a new blue-water SSK with expanded capabilities DCNS SMX Ocean showcased at EURONAVAL 2014
     
This innovative concept ship promises submerged endurance and deployment capabilities that are unprecedented for a conventional-propulsion submarine. With up to three months’ endurance, an SMX Ocean could cross the Atlantic six times without surfacing. Its transit speed is up to 14 knots.

To achieve this level of performance, DCNS teams have developed and combined a number of innovations including a high-performance air-independent propulsion (AIP) system using second- generation fuel cells for submerged endurance of up to three weeks.
The SMX Ocean features the same combat system, provisions for special forces’ missions, masts and general layout as the Barracuda SSN.
     
DCNS unveils SMX Ocean, a new blue-water SSK with expanded capabilities
DCNS SMX Ocean showcased at EURONAVAL 2014
     
With a total of 34 weapons including torpedoes, mines, anti-ship missiles, cruise missiles and anti-air missiles, the SMX Ocean’s firepower will be unprecedented for an SSK.
The SMX Ocean concept ship design also includes vertical launchers, another major innovation in SSK design, to provide a salvo capability for cruise missile strikes on land targets.

The SMX Ocean offers more multi-role capabilities than any other submarine of its type. It can operate alone or as part of a carrier group or other naval deployment, and will be the only conventionally powered submarine with the ability to deploy special forces, combat swimmers, unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) and even unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

     
Our inteview on SMX OCEAN
     
Equipped with tactical datalinks meeting international standards, the SMX Ocean is ideal for carrier group escort roles in support of coalition operations in any theatre of operations.

Length: 100 m
Height: 15.5 m
Beam: 8.8 m
Surface displacement: 4,750 t
Maximum diving depth: 350 m
Maximum speed, submerged: 20 kts

     
 

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