Naval Group launches French Navy’s first Barracuda-class sub

Image: Richard Scott
Image: Richard Scott

Naval Group launched Suffren, the French Navy’s first Barracuda-class nuclear-powered attack submarine, in a ceremony on Friday, July 12.

Suffren is the first of a planned class of six submarines slated to enter service through to 2030 to replace France’s aging Rubis-class ships.

The submarine will have a length of 99.5 metres, a beam of 8.8 metres, and a submerged displacement of 4,800 tonnes. Armament will include F21 Artemis heavy torpedoes, Exocet anti-ship missiles, SCALP EG cruise missiles, and FG29 mines.

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