The Chief of Staff of the Malaysian Navy, Admiral Ramlan, and the Chief of Staff of the French Navy, Admiral Oudot de Dainville, were present at the ceremony commemorating the joining of the fore- and aft-sections of the first Scorpene submarine being built for the Malaysian Navy. Also in attendance were the Chief executive officer of DCN, Jean-Marie Poimb�uf, along with representatives of DCN, Armaris and Navantia.
The contract was originally signed in June 2002 between the Malaysian government, DCN and the Spanish shipbuilder, Navantia. It concerns the building of two Scorpene-class submarines, and also covers a contract for training Malaysian crews in submarine handling and operations. These two contracts will allow the Royal Malaysian Navy to acquire a first-class submarine force.
The resistant and highly-elastic hulls of the two submarines were each built in two sections by DCN in Cherbourg (thus four sections overall for the two vessels). This concept allowed for modular, parallel construction. While Navantia undertook the manufacturing and installation of vital equipment and furnishings in the two aft-sections of the vessels in Cartagena, Spain, DCN Cherbourg did the same on the two fore-sections, which included, among other things, the combat system. The finished aft-section of the first submarine was recently transferred from Cartagena to Cherbourg for the joining of the two sections; later the aft-section of the second submarine will be transferred from Cherbourg to Cartagena for its final assembly.
Armaris, a joint venture of DCN and Thales, is the overall prime contractor for the Malaysian submarine program. DCN shares industrial prime contracting and design responsibilities of the Scorpene-class submarine with its Spanish partner, Navantia.
Capable of operating in both brown and blue waters, the Scorpene is armed with Blackshark wire-guided torpedoes and Exocet SM 39 sub-launched, anti-surface-ship missiles. It can undertake a wide range of missions: dissuasion, superiority on the high seas, naval blockades, information-gathering, landing or retrieval of Special Forces, etc. It can operate alone or in combination with air and sea forces. Ten submarines have been sold around the world: Chile (two vessels), Malaysia (two vessels) and India (six vessels). The Scorpene is already a benchmark on the world conventional submarine market.
Source: Joining ceremony for the first Scorpene submarine
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