As a naval prime contractor, shipbuilder and systems integrator, DCNS combines resources and expertise spanning the naval defence value chain and entire system lifecycles. DCNS delivers innovative solutions from integrated warships to strategic systems, equipment, services and new energy solutions.
The DCNS stand showcases:
• DCNS expertise in submarine design and construction, through the Scorpene medium-size submarines. Already chosen by the Royal Malaysian Navy and other first rank navies, Scorpene submarines represents the state-of-the-art in submarine design and construction and benefits from the latest technologies developed for nuclear-powered classes operated by the French Navy, particularly as regards acoustic discretion and combat system performance. At LIMA, the Scorpene is presented with the MESMA AIP (Autonomous Submarine Energy Module). This is an electrical energy production module designed specifically for conventional submarines. As well as supplying electricity to the vessel and to the propulsion system, it can also be used to recharge the batteries without the need to surface. Together with a MESMA section, a Scorpene will be able to carry out extended missions with an over 3 weeks submerged endurance. The 10 metres MESMA module can be considered as a new-build option or installed during a refit.
• The Andrasta, a compact submarine designed to operate in coastal waters, a theatre of growing importance to all maritime nations. Being, Andrasta combines a state-of-the-art design with stealth, agility and power. A direct descendant of the Scorpene, the Andrasta is remarkably effective and a fearsome adversary in deep water, thanks to its SUBTICS® combat system.
• The SMX-25, known as “the lightning prowler”, this concept focuses on how to get what is essentially a conventional submarine to a theatre of operations as quickly as possible. Powered by three gas turbines driving three water jets, the SMX-25 submersible is designed to achieve a sustained surface speed of 38 knots.
• The FREMM multimission frigates programme combines the latest technologies developed by the DCNS group. These technological and engineering advances make the FREMM frigates world leaders in their class. France’s total order is 11 vessels and the delivery is scheduled from 2012 to 2022. In addition, one FREMM frigate is currently under construction for Morocco.
• The innovative Gowind® vessels, a new family of ocean-capable vessels designed by DCNS for all littoral and naval operations, are exceptional tools able to fulfil missions ranging from anti-piracy up to sea control and denial.
• The Gowind® OPV is designed to meet the operational needs of a large number of navies focusing on coastal missions/homeland security. A first ship is already used by the French Navy since October 2011. With a length overall of 87 metres and 1,400 tonnes displacement, the Gowind OPV will offer three weeks’ blue-water endurance, a range of 8,000 nautical miles and a top speed of 21 knots.
• Bigger, Gowind® Combat is a multi-mission corvette (100 metres, 2,400 tonnes), has a comprehensive Combat System for full-scale multi-threat missions, including a complete ASW suite with towed array sonar and improved stealth and survivability.
• The ADVANSEA (ADVanced All-electric Networked ship for SEA dominance) concept ship presented at Euronaval 2010 gives a first glimpse of what a next-generation all-electric surface combatant might look like.
DCNS (dcnsgroup.com) has over 40 years of experience in design, development and integration of combat systems for international navies. DCNS expertise in combat systems includes a committed staff of 1200 people, mainly composed of specialized engineers, combined with high technology and wide industrial capabilities. To respond to today’s naval defence needs, DCNS offers fully integrated combat systems solutions for new and modernization programmes and for any type of submarines such as SSK, SSN or SSBN and surface vessels from Offshore Patrol Vessel to aircraft carrier. Thanks to a widely recognized NATO expertise and a steady involvement in interoperability standard workshops, DCNS’s SUBTICS®, POLARIS and SETIS combat systems, respectively dedicated to submarines and surface ships, can efficiently operate with other systems within a national or joint task force.
• SUBTICS® combines long-range capabilities in all navigation conditions with powerful weapons (torpedoes, anti-ship missile, counter-measures, land-attack capability). As a fully-integrated system, all functions are operated from MultiFunction Common Consoles and its open architecture and modularity guarantee that the system can be adapted to every type of submarines and configured according to operational requirements. It can also be upgraded during its lifetime to fulfil new missions and keep its operational superiority.
• SETIS manages anti-surface, anti-air and anti-submarine warfare and is designed to perform intelligence gathering, land attack and special operations. SETIS can be fitted on all types of surface ships with heavy weapon capabilities to meet evolving navies requirements such as: to defend vital interest, to guarantee homeland security, to resolve conflict and crisis and to ensure naval superiority.
DCNS will also showcase:
• The Contralto-V® torpedo countermeasures, a system for surface combatants designed to counter latest-generation torpedoes. Like Contralto-S®, it uses acoustic decoys and is based on the ‘confusion/dilution’ principle. The operational ‘confusion/dilution’ principle represents the state of the art in torpedo countermeasures. Contralto-V® saturates an in-coming torpedo’s processors by creating and constantly renewing dozens of ephemeral acoustic targets, the only viable solution against latest-generation torpedoes.
• Sirehna, a wholly-owned subsidiary. Sirehna specialises in vessel dynamics and allied technologies. The company’s 55 high-level researchers offer multidisciplinary expertise spanning naval hydrodynamics, fluid mechanics, experimental technologies, design optimisation and wave propagation. Sirehna was acquired by DCNS in 2008. The company played a key role in the design and development of the stabilisation solution for the FREMM multimission frigate programme. Sirehna is also active in stabilisation, positioning and automatic control solutions for unmanned aerial and surface vehicles (UAVs & USVs).
• Boustead DCNS Naval Corporation Sdn Bhd (BDNC), a Joint Venture Company between BHIC Defence Technologies Sdn Bhd and DCNS awarded by the Malaysian Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) to undertake In Service Support (ISS) for the two Royal Malaysian Scorpene Submarines.