October 17, 2016 - DCNS has unveiled its new submarine concept ship SMX®3.0 at Euronaval: The submarine has been tailored to the needs of Generation Z and will be at the control of vessels from 2025. The submarine features on board 3.0 technologies, better power management, unequalled operational performance and system upgradeability facilitating vessel maintenance.
With a displacement of 3,000 tonnes, SMX®3.0 integrates the latest digital technologies for strengthened operational efficiency and significant versatility of use. DCNS and Dassault Systemes are partnering on this project to design a ship tailored to improve the level of comfort for the women and men onboard. The on-board data systems are now completely interconnected, robust, secure, fast and upgradeable.
Humans at the center of the system: Tomorrow, submarine systems will produce many thousands of terabytes per day which will need to be managed and stored. To manage this; DCNS is developing digital solutions to enable improved responsiveness and functionality. The combat or platform-operation systems have been designed around more efficient, intuitive and fluid MMIs. The data management applications will allow operators to be more focused on their value-added functions. Capable of intervening always on the submarines systems, the commanding officer and their crew will be even more informed and in control of their vessel.
Unequalled operational performance: Equipped with a versatile vertical launch system which can be used for launching both drones and missiles, SMX®3.0 extends the scope of its warfare capabilities. Furthermore, SMX®3.0 has greater capacities for countering cyber-threats. Its hydrodynamic shape and masking coating ensure the submarine has unequalled acoustic discretion. Thanks to its database management systems, SMX®3.0 enjoys much improved sensor performance.
Better power management: Through this concept ship, DCNS offers the AIP FC2G (Air Independent Propulsion Fuel Cell Second Generation) anaerobic propulsion system. Certified by DCNS, this system, of which the complete shore-based system is currently being industrialized, demonstrates all the advantages of a safe and versatile solution.
Upgradeability and facilitated maintenance: System maintenance and modernization have been addressed right from the design phase thanks to the many 3.0 technologies, including a real-time diagnosis of ships, big data management and detection of weak signals. This is supported by an onboard computerized infrastructure produced on the same principle as civil data centers with a strengthened resilience. This complete infrastructure guarantees great upgradeability and capacity to adapt to evolution in technology.