In 2024, the success of Naval Group's submarines could exorcise Australian trauma once and for all

It was feared that the trauma, and the damage to its image, would have seriously handicapped Naval Group for many years, after the surprise cancellation of the Australian contract by Melbourne in September 2021. The mixed success of the realization of export contracts, in 2022 and 2023, by the French industrialist, could give credence to these concerns. The year 2024, however, has started off fantastically well for the French specialist in military shipbuilding.

Not only has it started construction of the French Navy's new next-generation nuclear aircraft carrier, but its order book is particularly full, with the eight French and Greek Defense and Intervention Frigates, the six large mine warfare vessels, and the seven offshore patrol vessels.

However, it is in the field of submarine construction that the French industrialist particularly shone at the start of the year. The Cherbourg site, which assembles submarines in France, must in fact deliver the last 4 SSN of the Suffren class by 2031, to the French Navy, before beginning the replacement of the 4 Triomphant class SSBN, by the new 3G SSBNs.

Above all, after obtaining from Jakarta the signing of an order for two Scorpene Evolved submarines equipped with Lithium-ion batteries, Naval Group won the Dutch competition, a few weeks later, for four Blacksword Barracuda submarines. .

CThis situation, already enviable, could well improve further in the months and years to come. Indeed, French is involved in numerous export competitions or negotiations, sometimes exclusively, likely to materialize in the weeks or months to come. In doing so, Naval group could definitively exorcise the last stigmata of the Australian episode, to enter a period of historic commercial success.

Shortly after the signing, on March 28, of the order for the two Scorpene Evolved submarines, for the Indonesian Navy, Naval group quickly began preparing the construction of the two vessels, which will be carried out at PT PAL's Surabaya City site. .

Only 8 years to build locally and deliver the two Indonesian submarines

It must be said that, contractually, the French industrialist and its Indonesian partner have undertaken to deliver the two ships to the Indonesian Navy within eight years, after the contract comes into force.

Nagapasa class
The Indonesian Navy has been very critical of the Nagapasa class developed with the help of South Korea.

However, to begin these constructions, they will first have to adapt their industrial tools, while deploying and organizing a network of local subcontractors. This approach turns out to be particularly complex, especially when it involves giving the end customer, the Indonesian Navy, the same guarantees of efficiency and good functioning concerning the ships, and their maintainability, as if they had been assembled in Cherbourg.

Fortunately, Naval Group is not its first attempt in this area. On the contrary, over the last ten years, the industrialist has gained a reputation for great efficiency when it comes to technology transfer and local construction. First in India, to the point of being awarded the title of best EOM industrialist by the Indian Ministry of Defense a few years ago. And, later, in Brazil.

It is therefore not surprising that Naval Group and PT PAL, its partner, have already started these two strategic projects, with the order of a 6000 ton lifting gantry, and the first stages of recruitment, contracting and training of subcontractors.

If the contract worth nearly €2 billion constitutes a major motivation for the two manufacturers, the possibility of transforming the duo of submarines into a volleyball team is also in their sights.

The Indian naval industry in the running to support PT PAL in the construction of Indonesian Scorpene

India observes with great attention to the evolution of this Franco-Indonesian contract. Without being allies, the two countries have always followed similar political trajectories, having notably been the pillars of the non-aligned in the 50s, under the leadership of Soekarno and Jawaharlal Nehru.

Klavari class
Naval Group has been designated as the best industrial OEM by the Indian Ministry of Defense, regarding the P75 program

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