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Macron to unveil France's nuclear-powered 'Barracuda' submarine

Reuters Paris
Updated: 11-07-2019 20:28 IST
Macron to unveil France's nuclear-powered 'Barracuda' submarine

French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech at the treaty of Aachen signing ceremony in Aachen, Germany, on Jan. 22, 2019. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron have signed a contract to renew the friendship and cooperation between the two countries on Tuesday. The so-called treaty of Aachen, signed by Merkel and Macron, seeks closer cooperation between Germany and France in economic, defense and European policy. The treaty of Aachen ties in with the Elysee treaty, signed in 1963. Image Credit: IANS

President Emmanuel Macron will unveil on Friday France's latest nuclear-powered 'Barracuda' class submarine, a 9 billion euro ($10.13 billion) stealth vessel program Paris says is key to maintaining its naval presence for decades to come. The French government has placed an order for six of the 5,000-tonne submarines made by Naval Group, in which defense company Thales has a 35 percent stake.

The French navy expects to take delivery of the first, named "Suffren", for sea trials in 2020 and the remainder will enter service over the following decade, replacing France's aging 'Ruby' class submarines. "There is an imperative need for us to be present in conflict zones ... and to be able to pose a threat when necessary," General Francois Lecointre, Chief of the Defence Staff, told CNews on Thursday.

France expects the Barracuda class to remain in service until at least 2060. The Suffren will be presented in her dry dock in Cherbourg. ($1 = 0.8885 euros)

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COUNTRY : France