Suffren Barracuda  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2020
Total Production: 6
Development Cost: EUR€2.0 billion   (USD$2.2 billion)
Unitary Cost: EUR€1.0 billion   (USD$1.1 billion)
Total Cost: EUR€7.8 billion   (USD$8.7 billion)
Also Known As: Barracuda
Origin: France
Corporations: Areva and Naval Group*   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: Barracuda
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2020
Total Production: 18
Total Cost: EUR€42 billion   (USD$47 billion)
Family Members: Shortfin Barracuda Block 1A
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Description: The Suffren Barracuda-class submarines are being designed by DCN to meet the French Navy requirements for a new class of nuclear-powered attack submarines. These vessels will replace current Amethyste/Rubis-class submarines in the next decade. Blue sea and littoral dominance will be their primary role with an important land attack capability employing the Scalp-naval cruise missile.

The French Navy plans call for the procurement of 6 Suffren/Barracuda-class submarines scheduled for delivery from 2017 through 2027. The French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA) signed the launch contract worth 7.8 billion Euro with DCN and Areva-TA on December 22, 2006.

Suffren Barracuda Specifications

Crew: 65
Beam: 8.80 meter (28.9 foot)
Length: 99 meter (325 foot)
Availability: 74 %
Max Operating Depth: 350 meter (1,148 foot)
Top Speed Submerged: 25 knot (12.9 mps)
Days at Sea Over a Year: 270 day
Displacement Submerged: 5,200 ton
Displacement Surfaced: 4,700 ton
CEP: Circular Error Probable
Meters (m)   Kilometers (km)   Nautic Miles (nm)   Inch (in)   Yard (yd)   Foot (ft)   Millimeter (mm)
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Meters per Second (mps)   Kilometers per Hour (kph)   Knot (kt)   Miles per Hour (mph)
Liter (l)   Galon (gl)
Year (yr)   Minutes (min)   Second (sec)
Shaft-Horse-Power (shp)

Suffren Barracuda News

There are 12 news between
22 Dec 2006 and 30 Apr 2020
1  2  
Thursday, April 30, 2020French Navy Starts Sea Trials of Suffren Nuclear Attack Submarine
Friday, July 12, 2019French Navy Launches First Barracuda Nuclear-Powered Submarine
Wednesday, October 24, 2018French Navy Deploys RIFAN 2 Secure Intranet System
Monday, October 12, 2015Sagem to Supply Type A26 Submarines with Optronic Mast
Thursday, April 10, 2014French Navy MdCN Cruise Missile Completes Second Qualification Firing
Friday, July 5, 2013French Navy Naval Cruise Missile Enters Qualification Test Firings Phase
Thursday, July 12, 2012French DGA Performs Successfully First Full Test Firing of MdCN Naval Cruise Missile
Monday, June 20, 2011Scalp Naval Performs First Underwater Launch Successfully
Tuesday, October 26, 2010Sagem to Supply Sigma 40XP Navigation Systems for Suffren Nuclear Attack Submarines
Wednesday, October 29, 2008Scalp Naval Completes Wind Tunnel Tests

Operators & Related Equipment


Grand Total 61
Defensive Weapons
Offensive Weapons
SM39 Exocet

Suffren Barracuda Ship Listing

SerialNameStatusLaunch DateCommissionDecommission
Suffren12 Jul 20192020-
SSN2 Duguay-Trouin-2022-
SSN3 -2023-
SSN4 -2025-
SSN5 -2026-
SSN6 -2027-

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