France's Scorpène submarine in a nutshell

The Scorpène is a French-built, conventionally powered defence submarine intended for the international market. In this type of project, technology transfer and the various studies associated with it are key differentiating factors. With this in mind, Ortec provided Naval Group with technical support and documentation, in addition to reliability, maintainability and availability studies.

France's Scorpène® submarine in a nutshell

The Scorpène-class submarine is a next-generation, conventionally powered submarine developed and manufactured by Naval Group (formerly known as DCNS), for the export market. Scorpène submarines are used by the navies of Chile (two units), Malaysia (two units), Brazil (4 units) and India (six units).

Ortec for the Scorpène® submarine programme

  • Document engineering: production of description and maintenance data modules, preparation of MRC files
  • Design and development studies: ventilation, piping, mechanics, wiring, electricity, etc.
  • Engine seating studies
  • Dependability studies
  • NATO item coding

Did you know?

The Scorpène® 2000 is silent. It measures 66 to 82 metres in length, has a displacement of 2,000 tonnes, features numerous innovations to increase its acoustic discretion, and uses latest-generation sonar systems. It can be fitted with flank arrays and a reelable towed array sonar system to facilitate operations in coastal waters. As the submarine is highly automated, it is manned by a small crew and can carry half a dozen commandos.



As a partner of the air, land and sea defence industry and an expert in electrical engineering for complex infrastructure projects, Ortec is involved in the Barracuda nuclear submarine programme.

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