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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1983
Total Production: 6
Also Known As: Rubis
Origin: France
Corporations: DCNS
Parent System: Amethyste
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1983
Total Production: 6
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Description: The Rubis-class ships are considered as the world's most compact nuclear-powered submarines. They feature 6 533mm torpedo tubes for a combination of F17 torpedoes and Exocet anti-ship missiles. These ships are an evolution of proven Agosta-class submarines. They are intended against submarines and surface ships.

The French Navy ordered 6 Rubis class submarines with the lead ship, Rubis, commissioned in 1983. The first four Rubis-class ships have been upgraded to the Amethyste configuration introduced in 1992, these submarines are now called the Amethyste-class.

Amethyste Specifications

Crew: 66
Number of Weapons: 14
Torpedo Tubes: 6
Beam: 7.60 meter (24.9 foot)
Draft: 6.40 meter (21.0 foot)
Length: 74 meter (241 foot)
Power: 9,500 shp (7.09 MW)
Top Speed Submerged: 12.9 mps (25.1 knot)
Mission Endurance: 45 day
Displacement Submerged: 2,660 ton
Displacement Surfaced: 2,400 ton
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Amethyste News

There are 4 news between
5 Oct 2009 and 6 Mar 2015
Friday, March 6, 2015French Submarine Saphir Virtually Sinks US Aircraft Carrier Group during Drills
Tuesday, October 26, 2010Sagem to Supply Sigma 40XP Navigation Systems for Suffren Nuclear Attack Submarines
Monday, November 9, 2009Sagem Modernizes the Navigation Systems on France's Nuclear Attack Submarines
Monday, October 5, 2009French Navy's Nuclear Submarine Fleet to Receive Nemesis Torpedo Counter-Measures

Operators & Related Equipment


Grand Total 61
Defensive Weapons
Offensive Weapons
SM39 Exocetx14
Protection Systems

Amethyste Ship Listing

SerialNameStatusLaunch DateCommissionDecommission
S601 Rubis-1983-
S602 Saphir-1984-
S603 Casablanca-1987-
S604 Emeraude-1988-
S605 Amethyste-1992-
S606 Perle-1993-

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