Australia might renounce to buy submarines from Naval Group

According to information published by Alan Austin, Independent Australia on March 1, 2021, submarine deal between Australia and Naval Group might be broken. The head of the French shipbuilding company Naval Group, Pierre Eric Pommellet, is in Australia to meet with federal ministers to try to save the contract.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Artist's impression of the Attack class SSG (Picture source Australian Navy)

Naval Group had been selected as Australia's partner for the Attack-class submarine program in April 2016, which is a class of submarines for the Royal Australian Navy, expected to enter service in the early 2030s with construction extending into the late 2040s to 2050.

The Program is estimated to cost $90 billion and will be the largest, and most complex, defence acquisition project in Australian history.

The Attack-class design is based on a conventional version of the Barracuda SSN (or Suffren-class), which is powered by a nuclear propulsion system using a new hybrid design that provides electric propulsion for economical cruise speeds and turbo-mechanical propulsion for higher speeds. the submarine can reach a top speed of 25 knots (46 km/f; 29 mph) with an unlimited range of 10 years. It has a crew of 60 people including 12 officers and 48 sailors.

The armament of the Suffren-class submarine includes four 533mm torpedo tubes and 20 storage racks for various weapons including F21 Artemis heavy torpedoes, Exocet SM.39 Block 2 anti-ship missiles with a range of 50 km, SCALP naval cruise missiles with a range of over 1 000 km, and FG29 mines. Two mines can be carried per weapon rack.

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