30 Ekim 2012 Salı
DCNS Anticipates Future Missions with New SMX-26 Submarine Concept-Ship
(Issued in French only; unofficial translation by defense-aerospace.com)
PARIS --- DCNS unveiled, during the Euronaval show in Paris this week, its SMX-26 submarine concept-ship, a small submarine designed to operate in shallow waters and in coastal areas, where submarines do no go for fear of beaching.
The SMX-26 can remain at rest on the sea-bed for a long time, while continuously observing its environment, before engaging its target at high speed with suitable equipment.
Thanks to its shape, the SMX-26 can operate in waters less than 15 meters deep. It is exceptionally maneuverable, and can maintain its position near the sea bed, or the surface even at strong sea states thanks to its two propulsion shafts and four steerable and retractable propulsion pods.
It can quickly deploy its offensive assets, including a team of up to six special forces soldiers, either on or near the surface, thus allowing apprehension of illegal elements “in flagrante”.
It is also armed with two weapons incorporated into its masts: a 20mm automatic cannon for police missions, and a missile container for self-protections against aircraft attacks. Finally, it carries two heavyweight torpedoes and eight lightweight torpedoes fitted with powerful warheads.