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Plug-and-Fight: DCNS Presents Next-Gen Sub

by Staff Writers
Paris, France (SPX) Nov 18, 2008
The DCNS-designed SMX 24 next-generation submarine will include 'plug-and-fight' hardware enabling the boat to be tailored at will for each mission.

The all-new SMX 24 submarine will incorporate 'plug-and-fight' hardware enabling it to be reconfigured on demand to changing mission needs. DCNS has already identified 25 modules suitable for 'plug-and-fight' according to needs.

These include the submarine's weapons (mines, missiles, etc.), sensors and performance-enhancing add-ons (offering greater speed, manoeuvrability or endurance, as the case may be). The modules will be housed in the wings and sail and under the operations room.

Different combinations of modules result in high-performance SMX 24 configurations with capabilities tailored to specific missions.

All DCNS-designed warships combine highly modular design and production. The SMX 24 offers new prospects and a new level of modularity. This concept sub exercise has enabled DCNS to identify both architectural and technological solutions meeting the future needs of client navies.

Increased modularity means a lower cost of ownership because 'plug-and-fight' modules can be shared by multiple submarines and crews. Note also that the SMX 24 requires a crew of just 22.

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