The DCNS 3,000 tonne concept submarine, SMX 3.0, may well have been displayed this year with an eye to future possible orders from the Netherlands, India and Canada.
The SMX 3.0's VLS feature may in future draw from the actual Shortfin design that DCNS is designing for Australia. Also see a VLS feature in the "SMX Ocean" concept submarine displayed at the earlier Euronaval 2014.
Mention of a SMX 3.0 AIP FC2G (see below) feature is quite big news because DCNS's has only been anticipated for the last few years and with no official reporting.
The 3,000 tonne concept submarine, SMX 3.0, may be, in some respects, a DCNS response to the 3,000 tonne future submarine that TKMS is partly designing for the South Korean Navy. This TKMS/South Korean design is variously called DSX-3000 or KSS-III. South Korea claims the DSX-3000 is an "indigenous design" just as South Korea claimed the TKMS Type 209s and 214s it makes under TKMS licence are "indigenous".
Scale model of the 3,000 tonne concept submarine, SMX 3.0, on display at the DCNS stand, at Euronaval 2016. The SMX 3.0's external shape seems to owe much to the current DCNS 2,000 tonne Scorpene. (Photo courtesy Navy Recognition)
Newswire Today, October 17, 2016, carries the following DCNS Press Release at http://www.newswiretoday.com/news/161240/ :
"DCNS Unveils SMX®3.0 - the Submarine Concept Ship Tailored to the Needs of
NewswireToday - /newswire/ - Paris, Ile-de-France, France, 2016/10/17 - DCNS has unveiled its new submarine concept ship SMX®3.0 at Euronaval: The submarine has been tailored to the needs of Generation Z and will be at the control of vessels from 2025 - DCNSgroup.com.
The submarine features on board 3.0 technologies, better power management, unequalled operational performance and system upgradeability facilitating vessel maintenance.
With a displacement of 3,000 tonnes, SMX®3.0 integrates the latest digital technologies for strengthened operational efficiency and significant versatility of use. DCNS and Dassault Systèmes are partnering on this project to design a ship tailored to improve the level of comfort for the women and men onboard. The on-board data systems are now completely interconnected, robust, secure, fast and upgradeable.
Humans at the centre of the system: Tomorrow, submarine systems will produce many thousands of terabytes per day which will need to be managed and stored. In order to manage this; DCNS is developing digital solutions to enable improved responsiveness and functionality. The combat or platform-operation systems have been designed around more efficient, intuitive and fluid MMIs. The data management applications will allow operators to be more focused on their value-added functions. Capable of intervening at all times on the submarines systems, the commanding officer and their crew will be even more informed and in control of their vessel.
Unequalled operational performance: Equipped with a versatile vertical launch system which can be used for launching both drones and missiles, SMX®3.0 extends the scope of its warfare capabilities. Furthermore, SMX®3.0 has greater capacities for countering cyber-threats. Its hydrodynamic shape and masking coating ensure the submarine has unequalled acoustic discretion. Thanks to its database management systems, SMX®3.0 enjoys much improved sensor performance.
Better power management: Through this concept ship, DCNS offers the AIP FC2G (Air Independent Propulsion Fuel Cell Second Generation) ["FC2G AIP provides the best possible dive autonomy in total safety and easy support." see DCNS site] anaerobic propulsion system. Certified by DCNS, this system, of which the complete shore-based system is currently being industrialised, demonstrates all the advantages of a safe and versatile solution.
Upgradeability and facilitated maintenance: System maintenance and modernisation have been addressed right from the design phase thanks to the many 3.0 technologies, including a real time diagnosis of ships, big data management and detection of weak signals. This is supported by an onboard computerized infrastructure produced on the same principle as civil data centres with a strengthened resilience. This complete infrastructure guarantees great upgradeability and capacity to adapt to evolution in technology.
DCNS (dcnsgroup.com) is a European leader in naval defence and a major player in marine renewable energies. As an international high-tech company, DCNS uses its extraordinary know-how, unique industrial resources and capacity to arrange innovative strategic partnerships to meet its clients' requirements. DCNS designs, builds and supports submarines and surface ships. The Group proposes services for naval shipyards and bases. In addition, the Group offers a wide range of marine renewable energy solutions. Attentive to corporate social responsibility, DCNS adheres to the United Nations Global Compact. The Group reports revenues of €3.04 billion and has a workforce of 12,953 employees (2015 data)."
See WHOLE PRESS RELEASE including contact details.