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PostPosted: Thu Jul 18, 2019 1:23 pm 
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From last week: Many the future class member names for this new SSN class will have been previously the names of French 1930s-1940s-era light cruisers such as Duguay-Trouin and Tourville, but if I'm not mistaken, the Rubis was also the name of another SSN? While the Suffren was also the name of the Cold-War era FFG with the distinct dome silhouette?

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France launches first Barracuda-class nuclear attack sub
By: Sebastian Sprenger   6 days ago

CHERBOURG, France — French shipbuilder Naval Group on Friday launched the Suffren nuclear-powered attack submarine here under the gaze of President Emmanuel Macron.

The company is expected to deliver the boat to the French Navy early next year to run sea trials during the course of 2020. Industry and government officials acknowledged a tight timeline, but they said they are confident about passing all required testing and integration work before the boat can be accepted by the sea service as operationally ready.

Naval Group advertised the Suffren as having a high degree of stealth and for its ability to fire cruise missiles at faraway targets. The company’s program manager, Vincent Martinot-Lagarde, compared the boat’s acoustic signature to the “sound of the ocean,” or to the noise made by shrimp.

France wants to buy six copies of the Barracuda class, with the five future subs named Duguay-Trouin, Tourville, De Grasse, Rubis and Casabianca. All vessels are in various stages of production at Naval Group’s facilities in this Normandy coastal town, executives said. The submarine class’ service life is expected to end sometime in the 2060s.

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I see they've copied the slightly forward bridge of one of he Russian designs - any idea of what the hydrodynamic advantage is meant to be ?

Also, I cannot see where the forward control surfaces are - have they managed to eliminate them - that would be an achievement.

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It looks like they retract into the hull when not in use.

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