DCN has announced that the first Scorpene-class submarine ordered by Chile,
O'Higgins, launched for the first time two torpedoes during recent sea trials.
The test was performed with the boat completely submerged and represents an
important milestone for the whole Scorpene program.
Chilean Scorpene program started in 1997 with the O'Higgins been built by DCN in
France. The Chilean Navy also ordered a second boat, named Carrera, which has
been built by IZAR shipyards in Spain. To date, international Scorpene program
comprises two boats ordered by Chile, two boats ordered by Malaysia and four
boats ordered by the Spanish Navy.
Sea trials for the Scorpene program are being carried out at Lorient, France. On
November 20 O'Higgins submerged launched two torpedoes of types SUT and
BlackShark. This test was aimed at validating Scorpene's weapon system using
torpedoes from two different generations. SUT belongs to current generation and
the next generation BlackShark has been designed to perform during the 21st
century. BlackShark has already been ordered by the Chilean Navy for its
Scorpene submarines. In fact, the series production BlackShark employed during
the test was part of a batch delivered to the Chilean Navy in 2004.
The torpedoes launch was deemed as another success for the Scorpene sea trials
program that scored an important success November 2 submerging O'Higgins at more
than 300 meters depth. Sea trials are being conducted by a Chilean crew assisted
by French engineering personnel from DCN.
Scorpene has been designed and developed jointly by DCN of France and IZAR of
Spain. To date, this program amounts to eight submarines to be built for the
navies of Chile (2), Malaysia (2) and Spain (4). BlackShark has been developed
in partnership by DCN and WASS of Italy and has been ordered by France, Italy
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