By Alejandro Ronard Alem.- Last year, the French naval industry has had an important level of sales , unprecedented for shipbuilders. The Pavilion France was present in the EXPONAVAL that opened its doors past November 29th in Chile.
Without a doubt the most important naval fairtrade of Latin America, was developed in the naval base of Concón, located in the province of Valparaiso.
EXPONAVAL of Chile 2016 had 100 exhibitors, of which 10 are French; (MBDA, Thales, Ameris, DCI, DCNS, ECA, IXBLUE, SAFRAN, Electronics & Defense.) More than 30 official delegations from 27 countries have confirmed their presence.
The France Pavilion was organized by the GICAN (Groupement des Industries de Construction et Activitès Navales) with the official support of the DGA (General Directorate of French Armament). It should be noted that France is one of the suppliers of the Chilean Armed Forces and especially of its Navy with the submarines SCORPENE and the ex- TCD FOUDRE.
The GICAN, works for the promotion of France defense industry, is also the organizer of EURONAVAL the World Naval Defense Hall (Paris) and the EUROMARITIME European Salon of Maritime Economies . The GICAN has more than 160 partners, and the naval subsidiary in France has a turnover of around 8.5 billion euros with more than 40,000 jobs.
The great news this year has been the signing of the purchase agreement of 12 French-made nuclear submarines by the Australian government. This contract in which the work of the DCNS and the French Minister of Defense Jean-Yves Le Drian was of a fineness and perfect silent coordination, resulted in a final invoice of 34.3 billion euros. No doubt the most important amount to pay in the history of the Australian Navy. An agreement was reached between Australia and France where the Australian Attorney-General, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC and the French Minister of Defence, Mr Jean Yves Le Drian, signed an agreement that will improve sharing of classified information between the two countries and strengthen existing protections. Read press release here
But the two countries are benefited as the contract provides for a technology transfer and construction or assembly in the shipyard of Adelaide with the creation of 2900 jobs. And in France 4000 people were mobilized by the project for 6 years.
The commissioning of the first submarine is planned in 2030. It will be a derivative of French submarine nucleus Barracuda.
The financial part that rewards French industrialists will be in the order of 8 billion euros.
The new version of the nuclear submarine Barracuda, is called Shortfin Barracuda, converted to diésel-electric propulsion.
The Barracuda is a 4500 ton ship, 97 meters in length, propelled by means of pump-jet and cross rudders.
Of very high technology, it accommodates a crew of 60 men (being able to rotate in two teams as it is the current norm).
The nuclear propulsion of the Barracuda is based on the evolution of the reactor of pressurized water of type k15 (50 MW), reaching an average submersed speed of 25 knots. As far as the armament is equipped with 6 tubes of 553 mm , can have up to 20 arms , Heavy torpedoes F21, SM 39 Exocet, anti-ship missiles and cruise missiles (nCDM). The Barracuda can place mines and integrate the area defense against anti-submarine warplanes.
The Barracuda can add MICA type missiles (A3SM DCNS) implemented through the same vehicle as the SM39 through powerful shotgun launcher tubes. In the naval sector, other sales have been made and others are about to be completed but this is undoubtedly the most important, and it shows the degree of technological development, the will and the negotiating skills of the French.