Naval Group Looks to International Growth With Fincantieri Tie-up

by Richard Pettibone, Aerospace & Defense Companies Analyst, Forecast International.

Shortfin Barracuda. Source: Naval Group

As DCNS continues on its restructuring path, the company took another step in this direction and renamed itself Naval Group earlier this year.  The renaming is part of an effort aimed at improving the company’s exposure and recognition in international markets. Continue reading

Australia Opts for French Design in Future Submarine Competition

by Dan Darling, International Military Markets Analyst, Forecast International.

Shortfin Barracuda. Source: DCNS

Shortfin Barracuda. Source: DCNS

In a highly anticipated decision, Australia’s center-right government opted for a French design to meet its Sea 1000 Future Submarine requirement. The project involves the construction of 12 submarines that will serve as a successor class to the Royal Australian Navy’s current Collins class fleet.  French shipbuilder DCNS offered up a diesel-electric variant – the Shortfin Barracuda Block 1A – of its nuclear-powered Barracuda attack submarine built for the French Navy. Continue reading

Australians Go French for New Submarine

by Stuart Slade, Senior Naval Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

Shortfin Barracuda. Source: DCNS

Shortfin Barracuda. Source: DCNS

The French DCNS Group has beaten competitors from Germany and Japan to secure the contract to build Australia’s next fleet of submarines.  DCNS offered the Shortfin Barracuda, which is a modified version of the French Navy’s nuclear submarine.  The much anticipated $38.5 billion contract ensures that the 12 new submarines will be built at Adelaide’s Osborne shipyards.

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Three Nations Bidding for $38.8B Australian Submarine Program

By Stuart Slade, Forecast International.

HMAS Collins diesel-electric submarine SSK Australian Navy

HMAS Collins diesel-electric submarine SSK Australian Navy

Australia has invited France, Germany and Japan to bid for SEA-1000, its ambitious Collins-class submarine replacement program. The program, for 12 long-range, ocean-going, diesel-electric submarines, is valued at AUD50 billion ($38.8 billion). Competitive evaluation of the quotations is expected to take at least 10 months, after which the Defence Department will advise the government on the proposal most suited to Australia’s needs.

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