(May 27, 2010) -- Today, DCNS launched the industrial production phase of the Brazilian submarine programme, the Group's biggest contract ever for an international customer. DCNS is thus contributing to a major Brazilian acquisition combining world-class solutions and an advanced technology transfer agreement.
Some 100 people were in attendance at DCNS's Cherbourg centre for the official 'first-cut' ceremony for the first conventional-propulsion submarine, or SSK, of a new class for the Brazilian Navy. The forward half of this first boat will be built by the Cherbourg centre. The production start comes nine months after the contract signing and following the completion of the first design studies. The 'first-cut' marks the start of the industrial production phase of an unprecedented programme. It will be followed by the arrival of some 130 Brazilian engineers and technicians that will participate in the Technology Transfer programme for the construction of those submarines in Brazil.
"This programme confirms the Group's expertise in setting up innovative partnerships based on well-managed technology transfers in favour of international client navies. We are proud to offer Brazil the opportunity to acquire advanced naval technologies," says Pierre Quinchon, head of DCNS's Submarine division. "The design and construction of these submarines represent a significant workload for both DCNS and the Brazilian naval shipbuilding industry, beginning with our benchmark partner Odebrecht."
The contract calls for the design and construction of four conventional-propulsion submarines under a technology transfer agreement, technical assistance with the design and construction of the non-nuclear portions of the country's first nuclear-powered submarine and the design and construction of both a naval shipyard and a submarine base for the Brazilian Navy. The first boat of this new class is scheduled to enter active service in 2017. All four submarines use conventional, or diesel-electric propulsion and will be manned by a crew of between 30 and 45 submariners. For a length overall of 75 meters the design offers a surface displacement of less than 2,000 tons.
The SSK design meets the Brazilian Navy's specific requirements, including capabilities for the protection and defence of the country's 8,500-kilometers coast. These blue-water SSKs are being designed for a wide range of missions from anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare, without forgetting special operations and intelligence gathering.
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