August 30, 2016
Scorpene's and other DCNS sub's anti-ship Exocet missile. Land attack?
The potent Exocet SM39 anti-ship missiles can be used on DCNS designed subs, including:
- Agosta SSKs (see below)
- Rubis nuclear powered attack subs (SSNs)
- soon to be launched Barracuda SSNs, and
- other non-DCNS submarine types if they are fitted with the SUBTICS combat system.
- Australia's future Shortfin SSKs will use a US Combat System, US missiles and torpedos and
probably British mines.
In future one might expect:
- submarine launched Exocets to have a land attack capability like the surface launched Exocet
MM40 Block 3s or
- will another much longer ranged French missile, the MdCN be relied on for submarine launched
Youtube A. From NavyRecognition, uploaded April 5, 2012. It demonstratrates the SUBTICS (Submarine Tactical Integrated Combat System). The sub is using an Exocet SM39 anti-ship missile (see youtube below) and a torpedo to sink a landing helicopter dock (LHD).
Youtube B. Real footage of an Exocet SM39 missile. The uniforms look Pakistani Navy(?). Hence the submarine is an Agosta - with a narrower bow than a Scorpene.
- The SM39 (submarine-launched) Exocet (B2 Mod 2) is housed inside a water-tight launcher capsule. The capsule is ejected from the submarine's torpedo tube at a substantial depth, which makes it particularly suitable for discreet submarine operations. On leaving the water, the capsule splits and drops away (31 seconds into the youtube) and the missile's motor is ignited.
Posted by Peter Coates