On 2 September 2009, DCNS signed a contract to supply and install torpedo countermeasures for the French Navy’s entire submarine fleet. This new success further strengthens the Group’s international standing as a world leader in underwater weapons.
The contract signed with the French defence procurement agency (DGA) calls for the supply and installation of Nemesis torpedo countermeasure systems on the French submarine fleet which consists exclusively of nuclear-powered types.
Nemesis counters enemy torpedoes by either jamming their sensors or launching decoys until they lose contact with their target which can then leave the area safely.
Nemesis is designed to protect submarines against all types of light- and heavyweight torpedoes. A validated innovative concept gives Nemesis the evolvability to cope with emerging threats. The system is thus highly effective against both new-generation torpedoes and older types designed in the 1970s. The new systems will replace Dilsat systems.
DCNS specialises in the design, development, production and maintenance of underwater weapons and is a world leader in lightweight torpedoes, heavyweight torpedoes, torpedo countermeasures and autonomous underwater vehicles. The contract is being handled by the Group’s Underwater Weapons business unit.
DCNS is a leading European player on the world market for naval defence systems. The Group designs, builds and supports surface combatants, submarines and mission-critical systems and equipment incorporating the most advanced technologies. Drawing on dedicated teams, proven expertise and extensive industrial resources, DCNS is also expanding into new markets in civil nuclear energy, marine renewable energy and naval and industrial services. DCNS is committed to sustainable development and was one of the first defence contractors to achieve Group-wide certification to ISO 14001. The Group employs 12,000 staff and generates annual revenues of around €2.5 billion.