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‘Ocean’ Deployment speeds are quoted at 14
knots (for 10,000 nm). A more revealing indicative
deployment metric has suggested that a 3500 nm
outbound leg at 14 knots, followed by 1 month
in-area on AIP (presumably at a much slower speed),
followed again by a 14 return leg, is possible.
There is no doubt signature management would be
of primacy and a high standard for the conventional
The integrated navigation system will likely be
supplied by SAGEM. The default combat system
would centre about DCNS’ SUBTICs command
and control system. The acoustic sensor suite
would be supplied by Thales and include a pseudo
conformal array, two 60 metre arrays on each flank,
a distributed array capability, a towed array, an
active intercept system and an active sonar. Thales
would also be the likely default EW system supplier.
SAGEM would probably supply the radar and two
optronics masts. These would partially fill the eight
fin mast slots.
The countermeasure system would almost
certainly be the DCNS Contralto S system,
The conventional Barracuda would carry
commandos deployable through an eight diver lock-
out chamber with facilities to piggyback, deploy and
recover underwater vehicles.
The Barracuda has four torpedo tubes (‘Ocean’
has eight) and is capable of embarking up to 20
full length weapons; The French Navy variant is
capable of firing F21 Black Shark heavyweight
torpedoes, the MBDA SCALP land attack cruise
missile and MBDA SM-39 Exocet sub-surface to
surface missiles. Mines can be fired from the tubes.
These weapons would be discharged from the tubes
via a water ram system. ‘Ocean’ also has a vertical
launch system for six cruise missiles.
Germany’s TKMS is offering the SEA 1000 project
a Type 216 Class submarine.
The Type 216 is an up-sized Type 214 class
submarine designed with the Australian SEA 1000
requirement in mind. It no doubt enjoys the benefit
of numerous submarine classes built since the end
of World War II, including the very successfully Type
209s, 212s and Dolphin submarines.
The Type 216 design concept was announced
publically in 2011 after which detailed design
activities commenced. If recent German media
reports are correct, the unit price for a quantity build
of 12 is circa AUD $1.3 billion per copy.
The boat is 90 metres long, has a beam of 8.1
metres and displaces 3,950 tonnes on the surface.
The submarine is divided into forward and aft
compartments by a water tight bulkhead. The HY-80
steel hull has a maximum diving depth of 400+
metres. Like the Barracuda, it uses an x-shaped after
control surfaces configuration.
Highly automated systems make for a nominal
crew of 34 operating in three watches. Ten cabins
and a fitness room are located in the forward hull
section along with two spacious messes. Additional
bunking, permanent and temporary, are provided for
embarked personnel such as Special Forces, divers,
trainees and specialists.
The boat can snort transit 5,200 nm at 10 knots,
remain on station for four weeks at four knots and
then return at 10 knots. It has a design endurance
just short of three months.
It will be fitted with four MTU 12V Series 4000
diesels coupled to Pillar generators. Like the
Barracuda, Lithium Ion batteries will absorb the
generators output. The boat will be fitted with a 500
kW Siemens fuel cell AIP solution fed hydrogen
by a methanol reformer. TKMS has also talked
up the idea of closed cycle diesels being offered
as an alternative solution to the fuel cell, should
a customer prefer this. The boats will have a six
MW Siemens permanent magnet motor capable of
delivering a top speed 20+ knots.
All components are designed to produce minimal
noise with double elastic mounting and sound
dampening modules used extensively. Liquid flow
noise is minimized by optimizing pumps, valves,
pipes, couplings and compensators. The propeller
blade is a composite material with high dampening
characteristics and low cavitation/wake generation
characteristics. The submarine has a closed loop
degaussing system. A choice of reflective and
anechoic coatings are available.
An integrated navigation system would likely be
supplied by Raytheon Anschutz. The default combat
system will centere on a seven console Atlas
Elektronik ISUS 90 command and control system.
The Barracuda SSN is the modern evolution of the French navy’s Rubis
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