Around 100 VIPs attended the ceremony held today at DCNS's Lorient centre to open a submarine design school. The school was set up under the contract signed in September 2009 to supply the Brazilian Navy with submarines and associated services. This contract is the Group's biggest ever for an international customer.
The school will provide Brazil with technical assistance with the design of the non-nuclear portion of the country's first nuclear-powered submarine which is scheduled to enter service in 2025.
Some 30 Brazilian engineers and technicians are enrolled. Over the next 18 months, they will attend courses by a team of DCNS submarine design specialists. The technology transfer programme will then move to Brazil.
"This programme confirms the Group's expertise in setting up innovative partnerships based on well-managed technology transfers in favour of international client navies. We are proud to offer Brazil the opportunity to acquire world-class naval defence know-how," says Pierre Quinchon, head of DCNS's Submarine division.
The contract calls for the design and construction of four conventional-propulsion submarines under a technology transfer agreement and technical assistance with the design and construction of the non-nuclear portions of the country's first nuclear-powered submarine, a naval shipyard and a submarine base.