Suffren-class Nuclear Attack Submarine

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The Suffren-class Nuclear Attack Submarine is a new nuclear attack submarine, designed by the French shipbuilder DCNS for the French Navy, replacing the Rubis-class submarines. Construction began in 2007 and the first unit was commissioned in mid 2016.

The Suffren-class uses technology from the Triomphant-class, including pump jet propulsion. This class reportedly produces approximately 1/1000 of the detectable noise of the Redoutable-class boats (submarines), and they are ten times more sensitive in detecting other submarines. They will be fitted with torpedo-tube-launched MDCN SCALP Naval cruise missiles for long-range (well above 1,000 km, 620 mi) strikes against strategic land targets. Their missions will include anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare, land attack, intelligence gathering, crisis management and special operations. The Barracuda type will use X-shaped stern planes.

Unit Run[edit | edit source]

Batch I[edit | edit source]

  • MN Suffen (S609)
  • MN Duguay-Trouin (S610)
  • MN Tourville (S611) - fitting out
  • MN Dupetit-Thouars (S612) - under construction
  • MN De Grasse (S613) - planned for construction
  • MN Duquesne (S614) - planned for construction

Batch II[edit | edit source]

  • MN Rubis (S615) - planned for construction
  • MN Casabianca (S616) - planned for construction