DCNS innovates with new weapon system for submarines: anti-aircraft self-defence

At present, running away is the only way for submarines to defend themselves against torpedoes launched by helicopters and maritime patrol aircraft. The new anti-aircraft defence systems developed by DCNS in cooperation with MBDA will oblige aircrafts to keep their distance from submarines.

To meet the need for navies to protect their submarines against airborne threats, DCNS is now proposing a weapon system which will be available in two versions.

Mast-mounted anti-aircraft self-defence system
Designed for incorporation into the fin of a submarine, it comprises a retractable mast supporting a turret containing several Mistral short-range missiles.

Self-defence system with an undersea vehicle
An undersea vehicle (UUV), inside which is a Mica medium-range missile, is deployed from a torpedo tube.

These weapon systems are integrated within the Subtics® combat system, thereby ensuring the submarine’s overall performance from target acquisition and missile launch to target reach.

Source: DCNS
Date: Oct 29, 2012